WATCH: Landlord-tenant dispute heats up
A dispute between a landlord and a tenant in Hope took a dramatic turn this week.
A backhoe was brought in by the landlord to make his point over plans to expand a sundeck at a mobile home park.
The shed housing four years of accumulated household items was unexpectedly razed to the ground.
Jane, who doesn’t want her last name used, says she now has a big clean-up job ahead.
It was the owner of the manufactured home park who ordered the shed torn down even though Jane owns her home and the shed.
The shed was custom built by the previous homeowner seven years ago.
However, when the park owner renovated a mobile home on the adjacent pad, and built a big sundeck, selling it for $60,000, that’s when the problems started.
The district of Hope requires minimum six meters between mobile homes.
So in order to get occupancy for the new owners, either the sundeck had to be shortened, or Jane’s shed had to be moved.
After more than a year of emails, phone calls and notices, on Monday Jane told her landlord she was going to file a dispute with the residential tenancy branch.
“Instead of waiting for the process to go ahead, he took the law into his own hands and did what he wanted to do,” she says.
John David Nelson wouldn’t return our phone calls and emails, and when we went to his downtown office, we were told he was now on vacation.