Charlottetown apartment resident refuses to give up fight against eviction order



Dave Neatby said he plans on fighting his eviction order through to the end, no matter what.

Neatby and eight other residents who lived in the apartment building at 24 Water St. in Charlottetown received eviction notices on Feb. 19, along with documents stating the building owner intended on renovating and wanted them out by April 30.

Some of those residents appealed the eviction order to the Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission on Thursday, March 5. Since then, all of the residents have found a new place to live, except Neatby.

Neatby, who has been looking, said he found a two-bedroom place nearby for almost the same rent he’s currently paying. Problem is, he needs a roommate to share the cost.

“I think it could work but I can’t find a roommate right now, that’s the problem,’’ Neatby said. “With this (coronavirus pandemic) ongoing that’s difficult.’’

Neatby is now the only one fighting the eviction order. The commission was set to hear the appeal in early April but everything has been postponed due to the pandemic. The commission has stayed the eviction order pending Neatby’s appeal.

“I will not be evicted until I have a hearing.’’

Neatby doesn’t blame the other residents for dropping their appeals, explaining the building owner offered to help each of the tenants pay for moving expenses.