PARLIAMENT STREET FIRE CLASS ACTION
6. On November 23, 2018, an urgent motion was brought before the Honourable Mr. Justice Belobaba because we were advised that some of you were being asked to sign a release in exchange for financial assistance and for terminating your tenancy. It was our opinion that you should not sign this release because it gives up any further rights that you have for compensation with respect to the fire and displacement at 650 Parliament.
7. As a result of our motion, counsel for the defendants agreed to no longer ask for a release from you in exchange for financial assistance until this matter can be fully argued in court. A copy of the Order dated November 23, 2018 can be viewed here.
8. If you are asked to sign any waiver of your legal rights in exchange for any form of financial assistance, please let us know immediately. Do not sign any document without reviewing it with our office first.
9. We will continue to keep you advised as further developments occur.
REGISTRATION FOR TENANTS
REGISTRATION FOR INSURERS
Should I sign the release to enter the building?
It is our understanding that tenants who are seeking to enter the building are being asked to sign releases before they are permitted inside. We have reviewed the current form of the release and it does not limit the signer’s ability to participate in the class action. The release is trying to limit the liability of the building’s owners and management in the event that somebody gets hurt while they are in the building.
We cannot, however, provide any advice as to whether you should sign the release because we do not know what the condition of the building is at this time. It is your individual choice to decide whether you want to take the risk of entering the building under the circumstances.
Can I be required to show proof of insurance in order to continue receiving assistance?
If your lease required you to provide proof of insurance, we do not believe it is unreasonable for the defendants to require you to show proof of insurance in order to continue receiving assistance.
Am I entitled to continuing financial assistance?
Some of the defendants in the class action have provided financial assistance to some of the tenants who have been displaced. We understand that, to date, they have not required any of those tenants to contribute towards their rent. We also understand, however, that some of those tenants are now being asked to pay something towards their accommodations. In our opinion, this is not an unreasonable request, as the defendants are not required to continue to pay the entire cost of tenants’ alternative accommodations at this time.
What should I do about my expenses?
There is no need to provide us with your documentation at this time, but you may ultimately be required to submit them to claim compensation if we are successful in the class action, so please ensure that you keep track of your expenses and preserve any documentation.
To read more about how a class action works, please click here https://www.strosbergco.com/what-is-class-action/
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