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Woman ordered to sell Surrey condo says she'll appeal
A friendship gone bad and challenges with a high-functioning autistic child have resulted in a court ruling forcing a woman to sell her strata unit, family and friends of Rose Jordison say.
B.C. Supreme Court ruled last month that Jordison must sell her strata unit in the 15200 block of Guildford Drive after a flood of complaints about an allegedly abusive son and several noise issues.
A tearful Jordison told The Leader Thursday she plans to fight the ruling, noting she was given no notice of the court hearing and that all of the claims made in the process are false.
She said she first heard of the court's decision via the newspaper this week, and said she is now on stress leave from her hospital job because of it.
B.C Supreme Court Justice Richard Blair said forcing the condo sale was a "draconian" measure, but argued it was a necessary step.
Court documents say the strata council at the complex was subjected to harassment, noise and verbal abuse from Jordison's son, now 20, who has a high-functioning form of autism.
"The Jordisons' actions amount to an assault upon those residents of the Strata who have been for some years subjected to the Jordisons' misbehaviour in all its varied forms," Blair said in his finding.
But Jordison, her ex-husband, and a neighbour say the judge has been duped by a group of friends on the strata board who have developed a dislike for the Jordisons.
When Jordison bought the apartment in 2006, she was on the heels of a marital separation.
The woman down the hall offered to take care for her son while Jordison was at work.
Jordison said after interviewing the couple down the hall, she declined their offer of paid help.
That's when things got nasty, she said.
The connection between Jordison and the woman quickly soured. That woman is one of the complainants in last month's judgment.
The court documents also say Jordison had filed a complaint with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal over what she said was continued harassment she was getting about her autistic son's behaviour. She was asked to provide proof of her son's condition, failed to, and dropped the complaint.
Jordison told The Leader Thursday she and her son acknowledge he has a disorder, but note the condition doesn't justify bad behaviour.
The lawyer for the strata has said publicly he's surprised Jordison is challenging the ruling, saying there is plenty of evidence she had adequate notice.
The judge has given Jordison 30 days to list her property with a licensed real estate agent, or else the strata council can apply for conduct of sale.