Residents of 260 Wellesley St E say they’re just getting back on their feet after spending four days without heat, water and power — but they’re floored by a rent increase notice only a week after the incident.
“They slipped it through the door and it just said there was going to be a $26 dollar increase. But there are still fire alarms going off and security is still here,” said Brown, implying that not all is back to normal since the power outage.
Building management confirmed to Global News that many of the building’s residents have been notified of a 1.8-per-cent increase to their rent per month.
The notice comes more than a week after a pipe burst in the building’s electrical room, knocking out water, heat and power in the St. James Town apartment building.
Many families said they felt forced to find another place to stay — or freeze inside their units — for the nearly four days while crews worked to fix the issue.
Some tenants said they paid money out of their own pockets for hotel rooms and other accomodations and were hoping to be reimbursed. Instead, they’re now facing a rent hike.
“They should have done something for the period of time we suffered,” said Soumya Mohanti, who said she paid more than $700 to rent a room elsewhere during the power outage.
“Yet, we did not get anything from them — so its not a good thing that they’re increasing the rent.”
In response, WPSQ property managers said they had prepared to send out the notices prior to the power outage incident and that the 1.8 per cent rent increase is a standard year-over-year increase.
It adds that the notice went out to a handful of tenants whose rental agreement started in May.