Rent ‘out­rages’ ten­ant

Char­lot­te­town man will ap­peal his case to­day be­fore an IRAC hear­ing

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - PROVINCE -

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.

NIGEL ARMSTRONG/THE GUARDIAN

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.

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