A Merritt-area First Nation is suing one of its members, alleging he has racked up $17,000 in rental arrears since moving into a reserve home in early 2017.
The Lower Nicola Indian Band filed a notice of civil claim against Clarence Willie Donald Basil in B.C. Supreme Court last week.
The document alleges Basil moved into a home on Cougar Crescent on March 3, 2017, and fell behind on his $500 per month rent a short time later.
The band claims it proposed a repayment program in January 2018, when Basil was behind nearly $10,000. A month later, it issued a formal eviction notice.
According to the notice of claim, the band has tried to evict Basil a number of times since then.
“To date, Mr. Basil has failed or refused to vacate the premises and pay LNIB the outstanding rental arrears,” the document reads. “Mr. Basil is occupying the premises without the consent of LNIB and is in wrongful possession of the premises.”
Basil has 21 days to respond to the band’s claims. None of the allegations against him have been proven in court.