‘The only place in Canada I would ever want to live’: Vancouver apartment owners say they’re open to moving out
VANCOUVER — The first sign that something was amiss with the property was the sound of knocking.
“It sounded like someone was knocking on the door,” said Chris Sutter, who owns The Quinceaneria Photo Studio in downtown Vancouver.
The landlord, Dan Gennaro, was waiting outside.
“He’s been in this building for almost 20 years and never heard any knocking,” Sutter said.
Gennaro said he was not in any rush to move out and would be happy to talk to the couple if they wanted to come inside.
He did not respond to messages left with his office.
Sutter said he has been leasing the space for the past two years, and had not heard of any complaints.
He has rented to people with disabilities for a decade and never had problems, he said.
The building is about a block from Sutter’s apartment and a short walk from the airport, but it is not a big enough rental to make a long-term lease work, he added.
“I don’t think it will be an issue.”
The owner of The Quineaneria, which is a photo studio on the second floor, told Global News he has not had any complaints about the noise.
He said he is waiting to hear from the landlord about any issues.
Gennaros attorney, Scott Pincher, did not return a message seeking comment.
He was also not available for comment, as he had a work flight that he said was cancelled.
Sutter also had a phone conversation with Gennaross about the issue.
Genna said he would call him to make sure it was OK and to make him aware that there would be a notification to notify him of any change in the rental agreement.
In the meantime, Sutter plans to move the business out of the apartment.
“Right now, I’m not even sure where I would live,” he said, adding he would have to find another place.
“I feel like I should live in a place that’s a bit bigger, that has more people, that’s better, that doesn’t smell like a drug dealer,” he added with a laugh.