Westcourt Place To Remain Closed Well Into The New Year

Wednesday December 18th, 2019

Posted at 6:03pm

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Those who live in Westcourt Place will not be able to return to their homes until sometime next year.

The November 12th fire has displaced over 200 residents from 164 units as well as 30 commercial tenants.

A statement from building managers posted on their Facebook page reads, “We have put a full response team in place and these professionals have been reviewing the fire’s impact on critical building operations (mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems), the damage it caused to the property’s common areas (including parking garage and corridors), and its effect on individual residential and commercial spaces.”

The statement goes onto say that early reports suggest the damage was significant, and that the necessary repairs will take many months “requiring a prolonged dislocation for residents.”

Management says that they have prepared cheques for residents refunding any rent collected from November 12th to November 30th, 2019, to be distributed at the Management Office, and no rent payments will be required and/or accepted during the time of dislocation.

“Given the amount of time you are expected to be out of your apartments, we are encouraging residents to pursue alternative, stable housing. Our management team is collecting rental listings in the neighbourhood and is happy to assist you with your housing search,” the statement reads. “Please note that while we are not actively encouraging you to cancel your lease with us, we understand the challenges of the situation, and will honour any request for early termination should you wish to enter into a new lease, elsewhere.”

While the building remains uninhabitable, management supports residents desire to visit their suites to retrieve necessary items and small household goods continues.

The protocol for suite visits is:

  • Any tenant seeking access to their units are asked to contact Vickie in the Management Office to book an appointment.
  • Due to the number of residents seeking access to their units, and to ensure an efficient process, suite visits are to be limited to approximately 30 minutes per visit, however, there is no limit to the number of visits available to residents.
  • Suite visits will require an escort from a member of the security team, to ensure safety and security.
  • The registered lease-holder must be present for the visit, and up to two representatives of the unit holder can attend the suite with the tenant.
  • Upon arrival at the management office, tenants must show proof of residency, sign in, and agree to be escorted by a member of the security team.
  • A security team member will enter the unit with the resident and/or representative(s), and will stay in the suite through the duration of the visit
  • Access to the underground parking garage is not permitted.

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