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Squatters move from home, into RV in driveway

Dawson Creek couple Wes and Joanne Wilkinson are fighting to save their second home from a pair of squatters who have moved into the premises, without a rental agreement or rent being paid.
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After trashing the Wilkinsons home - the pair of squatters are now in the driveway of Wes Wilkinson and his Joanne Wilkinson's second home - formerly the home of Joanne's mother.

Dawson Creek couple Wes and Joanne Wilkinson are fighting to save their second home from a pair of squatters who have moved into the premises, without a rental agreement or rent being paid.

“They’re trashing the place, they’ve pulled out appliances and more,” says Wes Wilkinson, who issued a 48 hour eviction writ today.

“It’s not a situation I ever expected to face as a landlord.”

The matter is not being treated as criminal, with Dawson Creek RCMP largely turning a blind eye to the situation.

“Our office will not be providing a release on that specific incident,” wrote Staff Sgt. Damon Werrell.

Werrell previously said they consider the matter to be a civil issue, and that it’s the responsibility of the courts.

"Rental agreements made between a landlord and a tenant; whether made verbally or in writing, fall under the jurisdiction of the Landlord Tenancy Branch, not the RCMP," said Werrell.

Wes added the couple have been advised by the courts to hire a bailiff for $8,000.

“They want us to hire a bailiff, which we just don’t have the cash for,” said Wes. “If we were actually getting rent from these people, it would be different, but we aren’t.”

The squatters continue to live in an RV outside the invaded and destroyed home. Wed suspects drug dealing is happening out of the hijacked property - which is against the Canadian Criminal Code whether the tenants are paying rent or not.

Police would not respond to requests for comment on the allegations of drug dealing.

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