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Vancouver renter says he was evicted without notice

Last Updated Aug 18, 2019 at 7:33 pm PDT

Mark Elyas came home to find his belonging being packed up without receiving an eviction notice. (Source: Stephen Wahl, submitted)

"I was shocked," Elyas says. "This was a complete surprise."

He says his landlord told him verbally he would be getting kicked of his apartment, but refused to give written notice

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — In a situation that would upset any renter, Mark Elyas says he came home Thursday to find his belongings being boxed up by a court bailiff and movers.

“I was shocked,” he says. “This was a complete surprise.”

Elyas says he never received any written notice from his landlord before the eviction happened. Earlier in the week, Elyas says his landlord did tell him verbally he would be getting kicked of his downtown Vancouver apartment, but refused to provide written documentation.

“I was very unhappy, very depressed about it, very angry at the same time. There’s a lot of bad feelings that I have because of this,” he says. “This has really taken a toll of me both physically and emotionally, big time.”

Elyas says he was stunned by the eviction since he had made arrangements with the landlord to pay his rent late.

“She was making payment arrangements with me, and agreeing to them, and taking my money, and telling me everything was going to be cool as long as I keep the arrangement,” he says. “It felt like she played a dirty trick on me.”

He’s upset he didn’t initially have the chance to defend himself before the eviction.

“We live in Canada, you know, you have the right to be able to speak your peace to the judge,” he says. “I never got those opportunities.”

A judge has overturned the eviction and he has been let back in. For now, he is still working with the Residential Tenancy Branch to make sure his tenancy is safe.

NEWS 1130 has reached out to the landlord for comment.