Vancouver tenants forced to move find help, hope

Tenants at Courtyard Village were told to move by end of month

Marie Manson and her family received help to move to a new apartment in Vancouver, Dec. 21, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Marie Manson and her family received help to move to a new apartment in Vancouver, Dec. 21, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN 6) — A fundraiser was held for more than a dozen low-income families being forced out of their apartments for renovations the landlord wants to make.

On December 2, about 20 tenants at the Courtyard Village Apartments received notices of termination from the new owners, with the stipulation they needed to be out by the end of the month.

The law states residents on a month-to-month agreement, as these residents were, are required to get 20 days notice to move. The landlord complied with that law.

Community members successfully persuaded the owners to give the tenants an extension past the first of the year and they began raising money for people to find new places to live.

Marie Manson and her family were directly affected by the notice to move. She said, “The Council for the Homeless and this donation actually helped us pay for our move-in deposit, so we get to move today into a new place.”

The entire process got the attention of Vancouver City Council member Alishia Topper.

“Obviously this is high profile because it’s during the Christmas holiday, putting people on the street during a time that they may not even have enough money to buy Christmas presents for their families,” Topper told KOIN 6 News. “We’re going to be looking at different ways that we may be able to prevent this, but we haven’t come to any particular solution yet.”

She said there may be a new ordinance or law ensuring tenants get more notice or help in situations such as this.

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