News

Heat back on at Abbotsford apartment building

Shirley David is among the tenants of Villa Vista apartments in Abbotsford who were without heat for several weeks and used portable heaters to keep warm. - Neil Corbett
Shirley David is among the tenants of Villa Vista apartments in Abbotsford who were without heat for several weeks and used portable heaters to keep warm.
— image credit: Neil Corbett

After some five weeks of cold, the heat is back on at Vista Villa apartments in Abbotsford.

Last Tuesday, The News published an article about how Pat Beaulieu was organizing a petition of fellow residents in the Robertson Avenue building to try to put the heat on property management company Mainstreet Equity Corp to repair the building’s ailing boiler.

Abbotsford South MLA John van Dongen was helping the residents deal with the province’s Residential Tenancy Branch, and contacted Mainstreet management on behalf of the residents.

However, by last Wednesday night, Beaulieu was informed the heat in her suite should be back on.

“I’m sitting here, warm,” said a delighted Beaulieu, her happy sentiment echoed throughout the building.

“The ones I’ve checked with do have heat.”

She said the residents will still continue with the complaint process they have started with the Residential Tenancy Branch, because heat is supposed to be included in their rent. She feels they should be entitled to reimbursement.

Beaulieu said one resident has emails showing she started complaining about having heat off in her suite as far back as September.

She said it came back on just in time to counter the last week’s more extreme winter conditions, but the building was chilly.

“Even with my (portable) heater on, I was down to 61 degrees (16 C) here on (last) Tuesday night.”

Other residents, who were using their ovens for heat, would have been even colder.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Emission limits set for B.C. LNG producers
 
Power poles to be replaced in Abbotsford
 
Crystal Gala prohibition theme draws 400
Surrey enforcer killed on the weekend
 
Phone poll puts Surrey mayoral hopeful Hepner in the lead
 
Inclusive Diwali attracts huge crowds to White Rock
Pipeline proponent to explore other options
 
Airport opens new noise-reducing facility
 
28th annual Toy Run roars through Fraser Valley

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 17 edition online now. Browse the archives.