Dear HTMF community, I have a unique situation that I would appreciate feedback on…
First: Recently, our landlord decided to arbitrarily change our rental agreement when they heard that we were operating a small home based business. The original agreement did not have any conditions regarding such, and the business is not harmful, disruptive, destructive to their property, or dangerous. They “just didn’t feel comfortable with it in their house”. They threatened us with eviction if we did not cease and sign a new rental agreement forbidding this activity, we respected their wishes and we signed the agreement. Is this legal for them to do?
Secondly: after a month of research into tenancy laws, I decided to contact them for an explanation on their reasons, and explained how we feel bullied and the forbidding has brought major financial and emotional hardship upon us. My wife has had to find other work because of this. They replied with no explanation and a 2 month eviction notice under the pretense of “repairs that will require the house to be vacant.” But the tenancy act mentions that this reason for eviction requires that the landlord HAS all of the permits to accomplish the work that will be done. Considering that they replied fairly quickly with the eviction, I doubt that they have the permits. Also, we live in a beautifully renovated home that needs some exterior repair, but the interior is NOT unsafe or a health risk. My thoughts are they are trying to sweep their conduct under the rug and get rid of us.
So, Because the rental market is the way it is, it is unlikely that a young couple with 2 cats and 2 dogs will be able too find a place, especially unlikely in two months.
First, we would live to hear your thoughts on the situation,
Second, WE NEED YOUR HELP!
PLEASE, please please! LET US KNOW OF ANYTHING that comes up!
MUST allow 2 cats and 2 dogs. Non-destructive animals, we are clean people and care about what we live in and how its kept.
In Prince Rupert
Preferably 2 BDRM+ house
Preferably some sort of yard, but not 100% necessary.
Preferably a home that actually looks clean when it’s been cleaned (you know what I mean)
A bit about us:
We are a young couple. We have lived in Rupert for almost 3 years now. I am a professional full time designer at Stuck On Designs, and my wife works 20-30 hrs /week now painting for Technicon construction. Needless to say we have established a life and friends here and it would be a complete disaster if we couldn’t find a new place in Rupert.
Thoughts, suggestions and help greatly appreciated!