Signs have set up advertising condos while tenants are still on the property

Tenants were recently caught off guard when giant signs advertising The Cut, a new townhouse development project, were suddenly planted in their front yard.

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Charity Justrabo and two other roommates are renting an older house at the corner of Nanaimo Street and the Grandview Freeway in East Vancouver.

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They were caught off guard recently when giant signs advertising The Cut, a new townhouse development, were suddenly planted in their front yard.

“The person putting up the signs was very friendly and helpful and said, ‘I was actually told no one lives here,'” Justrabo said.

She got in touch with their landlord, which is Fabric Living, a Vancouver real estate development company. He apologized for not telling them about the signs, sent a gift basket, and the signs were taken down the next morning.

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Two of the panels are eight by eight feet, and one is eight by 16 feet and wraps around the corner lot of the property.

Justrabo took a photo and sent it to his family group chat. Her sister, who is involved in a documentary project about illegal billboards and corporate visual clutter, “really hung on to what not everyone might have done,” and she tweeted it.

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On Tuesday, Fabric removed the panels.

Vancouver City Council. Sarah Kirby-Yung said it’s always important to understand the specific facts of each situation.

However, the general interest in the signs can also be seen as “a symbol of these pressures on the rental market and the magnitude of the changes that there have been in the city of Vancouver”.

“We see in council that there are tenants who have month-to-month leases or even longer leases, but who are always more at risk of displacement if they are in an area where there is a lot of development than if they were in a purpose-built rental.

She advises tenants to know their rights by contacting the city’s tenant office.

Justrabo and his roommates were renting the home from the longtime owner of the 2,500-square-foot, four-bedroom “single-family home” located between the Commercial-Broadway and Renfrew SkyTrain stations. It was the kind of rental house where friends got wind that someone was moving and a vacancy was offered by other friends, Justrabo said.

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Last summer, Fabric Living bought the house and a vacant lot across the street in a joint listing. That’s when the tenants began a month-to-month rental arrangement. The listing details indicate that the current zoning, RM-12N, allows a 3-1/2 or four story townhouse or condo. There are also other properties on Grandview Highway that are being offered for sale as part of a possible land assembly.

Fabric Living CEO Jordan MacDonald described The Cut to Postmedia News as a project that “will bring more family homes to this great area of ​​our city to serve ‘the missing middle’.”

He said the company advised a third-party property manager that landscaping work would begin on the properties so that signs could be put up, but “due to miscommunication, only landscaping work has been communicated to the tenant by the property manager”.

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He said the signage contractor spoke on his own accord and never received any information from Fabric or his property manager that the property was empty.

Justrabo realizes the transformative changes that are happening in the region. After all, the lot across the street is vacant and there are more homes for sale in potential lot assemblies.

“But talk to us like we’re people,” she said.

Describing how the signs on their lawn struck a chord, the 33-year-old UBC graduate student with a steady income said, “I think that’s the real lack of communication and the feeling that I can’t afford a mortgage in this town really drags me down the interest scale.

“And I’m a stable person compared to so many people in the city who don’t have a chance to do that.”

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