A spokesman for the company that owns Esme Manor, accused of renovictions, says the landlord is not doing anything illegal, and has begun legitimate and extensive renovations that will result in a much-improved building.

Guy Bouchard is a local investor in the company, MR 22225 GP Inc, which bought the building for $3 million at the end of May, and has now begun what he says will be an $800,000 renovation.

He confirmed the company evicted all top-floor tenants of the building, in eight of the 22 units in the building, and plans to evict the remaining tenants as work progresses.

He also confirmed rents will be rising from $750 for a one-bedroom unit to $1,000 or more, depending on the quality of finish and market prices.