Coun. Scott McKeen sued by controversial Edmonton landlord
An Edmonton landlord, criticized for the condition of his properties is now suing his detractors, including community league members and Coun. Scott McKeen.
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An Edmonton landlord who has been publicly criticized for the condition of his properties is now suing his detractors, including community league members and Coun. Scott McKeen.
Abdullah Shah, formerly known as Carmen Pervez, has launched a $1-million suit against McKeen, Parkdale resident Tracy Patience, Alberta Avenue Community league member Cris Basualdo and resident Chris Wagner.
The suit also names three anonymous commenters on the website connect2edmonton.com
In a statement of claim, which contains allegations not yet proven in court, Shah charges community members conspired to hurt his business by petitioning against the secondary suite permits he was seeking and by maligning him on social media and in letters to Mayor Don Iveson.
He also accuses Coun. McKeen of targeting city resources at him.
“McKeen used his position as a councillor with the City of Edmonton to cause a selective targeting of properties, in which the plantiff is interested, for enforcement action,” reads the claim.
The suit also points to a Facebook post from McKeen that, without naming Shah, points to a problem landlord.
“There is one street in McCauley that was under siege because of this man and his properties. Our folks have lined up all the relevant agencies to inspect and target his properties.”
In a prepared statement, McKeen said he was advocating for his constituents, but declined to comment in too much depth.
“My comments were made in the spirit of standing up for communities and helping a citizen understand that city staff is working hard to enforce the safe housing bylaws. I’m confident the truth will prevail, but I respect the courts and will not comment further.”
Basualdo declined to comment.