Rent ‘outrages’ tenant
Charlottetown man will appeal his case today before an IRAC hearing
Saveliy Krichevskiy, who immigrated with his family to P.E.I from Russia in 2010, says he is paying $200 more per month than a similar apartment next door in the same building. He lives with his wife and daughter in apartment 21 in the Kensington Court complex across the road from Charlottetown’s Eastlink Centre.
They began renting for $995 per month and after two rate increases they are now paying $1,047 per month.
“Through (the) years, we obtained a much better knowledge of local rental market and came to a conclusion that we have been significantly overpaying for a two-bedroom apartment,” Krichevskiy told the Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission earlier this year.
“We noticed numerous cheaper options on the market, including those in brand new buildings.
“The situation changed when, earlier this year, I was shown the freshly renovated apartment 23 – the same building, same level, same number of bedrooms – which was vacant at the time of my viewing, but rented out shortly afterwards. I was (told) that this unit was advertised at around $850.”
Kricheveskiy told the commission that he saw new laminate flooring, a new and much bigger refrigerator, a newer stove, and much more spacious bathroom at the apartment next door, all for less monthly rent than his own apartment with its outdated carpet flooring and kitchen appliances.
He declared a willful over charging and asked the commission to order repayment of back rent of close to $10,000.
The commission refrused and now Krichevskiy is back before IRAC with today’s appeal. The whole process has taken months upon months of exhausting waiting to make its way through the stages of the commission process, said Krichevskiy.
He will be telling the appeal board that the order of the commission that turned him down “irrelevantly outlines the “skylight in the living room and brickwork in the kitchen” as “extra features” of ” his own apartment, warranting the extra rent.
He is telling the appeal board that while fully Canadian, he feels that his apparent immigrant status is a possible factor in being what he calls being taken advantage of with higher than reasonable rent.
Krichevskiy is angry that officials are saying he has “intolerable behaviour.”
He says he pays his rent on time, he and his wife work and take no benefits from the public purse.
On this appeal, he now wants just over $12,000 returned to him in rental adjustment.
The Guardian will have more on this story after today’s appeal.
Saveliy Krichevskiy stands outside the apartment complex on Kensington Road where he lives in a second floor, two bedroom apartment with his wife and daughter. He says he is paying $200 more per month compared with a similar apartment next door.