I received a phone call yesterday from one of the residents in the Seaview Mobile Home Park, who, along with his neighbours, had been served eviction notice by landlord Jeff Zigay last fall. It seems that what I was afraid of has come to pass: their challenge of the landlord’s eviction notice has failed, and the eviction notice for October 31st, 2009 has been upheld.
Despite Sooke Council adopting a new mobile home park redevelopment policy, Jeff Zigay’s lawyer has found a loophole in either the new policy, or the Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Act.
My source in the park said that Zigay’s lawyer mentioned that Mr. Zigay intends to live in the mobile home park in one of the cabins on the property and operate a home-based landscaping business, for which he needs vacant possession of his land. To me, this sounds like a loophole in the Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Act, rather than Sooke’s Mobile Home Park Redevelopment Policy. It appears similar to the Residential Tenancy Act, which allows for eviction of tenants if the landlord is to undertake major upgrades or renovations, or to need vacant possession of the property for personal use. Vancouver Blogger Miss604 has been covering one such situation in the West End of Vancouver.
The residents of this park need help. If you know anyone who has experience in these matters, please contact me, and I’ll get you in touch with one of the park residents. If you’re a news media person, please do the same.
–Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional
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4 thoughts on “Sooke’s Seaview Mobile Home Park Eviction Notice Upheld”
Private opinion. I also live in Seaview Mobile Home park. The reason that we were given as to why the notices stand is because the owners do not have money to put in sewers etc. But no matter whether the trailers are there on not the owners still have to do the work. I also know that the District of Sooke will be purchasing this land in the near future and if the District of Sooke lets these owners wriggle out of the policy then I am sure every other park owner will do the same and then what use is the policy.
These owners are just money hungary and should not be allowed to treat seniors and others like this. The owners have done nothing to the park since they purchased except up the pad rental. But of course greed is in the way
I just wanted to say that this so called policy that Sooke has brought in is not worth the paper it is written on. District of Sooke has given the owners of mobile homes false hope. We all thought that at least we would get our trailers moved but now Mayor Evans is saying that this is between us and the landowners. You know that the next owners will do exactly the same as these greed landowners have done so the policy is worthless.
I am sending this to let everyone know what Ziggy is like. He gave all of tenants in Seaview Mobile Home park a notice to be out October 31st and now he is calling one tenant and this is what he said. “I got a call from Mr. Ziggy today, asking me if I had sold the mobile and if I was leaving on the 31st and if I was interested in a three month lease at a time for a year and that the owners could buy the mobile for cheap!!!” He is just trying to get out of paying the people whose trailer are still there the year pad rental.