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Landlord considers criminal checks, warns of rent increase because of bad tenants
4 days ago
A landlord in Windsor, Ont. is considering criminal and financial background checks as a way to weed out problem tenants who don't pay all they owe. Trashed units, unpaid rent and a lengthy repayment process are all common complaints from landlords in Windsor. "It's leading to financial hardship for landlords. It honestly is," said Randal Morawetz, President of R.A.M. Property Management. Morawetz oversees more than 150 properties in Windsor-Essex, with a total of nearly 600 tenants. He said the only way he and others in the industry can deal with "huge write-offs" is to raise the rent for everyone.
How a Fire on My Landlord’s Watch Left 8 Tenants Homeless Overnight
4 days ago
I received a text from my landlord telling me and my fellow tenants, with the tepid grace of 48-hours notice, that we would be granted three whole hours to move all our belongings out of our smoke-laden, now uninhabitable apartments that coming Saturday. It was a remarkably curt transmission that wasn’t short of being completely unreasonable, but at the same time it was something, something other than another update telling us not to enter the building after nearly a week of waiting. Six days prior, there was a fire in my apartment building — an eight-suite converted mid-century house in the Hastings-Sunrise neighbourhood of Vancouver. It was late November, just when the holidays were starting to gather momentum. The fire started from a botched repair job in the basement, and the repairman had run to knock on the apartment doors as flames spread to the second floor. The fire department kicked down my door, but thankfully, my apartment was empty. No one in the building was hurt.
City of Montreal criticized after tenants forced from unsafe homes
4 days ago
Montreal housing advocates are criticizing how the city has handled the eviction of a building of tenants. More than a dozen residents in the Pointe-Saint-Charles neighbourhood had to leave their homes Thursday, three weeks after the city sent them a notice stating the building was unsafe. Their lawyer says rents have gone up in the neighbourhood in recent years and some of the tenants don’t know where to go. Stephane Proulx believes they should have been given more time to move and to seek compensation from the province’s rental board. READ MORE: Pointe-Saint-Charles’ Bâtiment 7 in the running for $40,000 revitalization prize A spokesman for the city says there was no choice but to ask the residents to leave to ensure their safety. Jules Chamberland says the city is working with local organizations to ensure none of the tenants ends up on the street.
Duff Court tenants in Lachine angry over apartment conditions
4 days ago
Tenants in some apartment buildings on Duff Court Street are fed up. For three years they’ve complained about problems so bad that some say they fear for their health and safety. “There was a fire from the lint from the dryer that spread to the roof,” says tenant advocate Shawn Bourdages. “Some tenants were only advised by firefighters knocking at their door that they needed to leave the building because there were issues with the smoke detector.” Bourdages works for Comité de vie de Quartier Duff-Court and helps to advocate for the tenants. He says the problems go way beyond general upkeep. Yet building owner Peter Skierka says he’s done the best he can so far, but that the tenants also have a responsibility. “We have to work together,” he tells Global News. “When they leave cans of Coke or food open, that doesn’t help!” The tenants have a hearing with the rental board at the end of the month. They want the owner to be forced to do whatever work needs to be done.
Toronto woman who said landlord wouldn't tell her how to pay rent wins fight against eviction notice
1 week ago
A Toronto woman who says she got an eviction notice after her landlord didn't tell her how to pay her rent — won't be getting the boot after all. An order from the Landlord and Tenant Board this month states that the landlord chose to withdraw the application against Sheena Callaghan and has to stop ignoring her "reasonable inquiries" made by phone and email. It's the latest chapter in what Callaghan's lawyer called a "baffling," months-long saga that CBC Toronto first told you about last December. Toronto woman fights 'baffling' eviction notice, says landlord wouldn't tell her how to pay rent Callaghan said it took her landlord weeks to provide basic rent payment details for her east-end apartment last summer, despite her reaching out multiple times to Greenwin, the property management company, over a more than 50-day period. "I'm satisfied that the Landlord and Tenant Board see it the way that it was," said Callaghan. "A lot of this could've been avoided if the landlor
Metro Vancouver landlords wield tenancy laws more often than their renters do: study
1 week ago
Metro Vancouver landlords may be using the power of tenancy law to evict tenants a lot more often than renters use it to assert their rights, a study out of Simon Fraser University (SFU) has suggested. The study looked at a subset of disputes that were brought to B.C.’s Residential Tenancy Branch (RTB) from 2006 to 2017 and found that landlords brought actions about 60 per cent of the time, even though there are more tenants overall. The research was conducted by SFU geography Prof. Nicholas Blomley, who worked with Andy Yan, director of SFU’s City Program, and research analyst Natalia Perez. They took RTB data covering end of tenancy notices, with disputes divided into three categories: landlord’s use of rental property; rent; and cause. The data covered disputes that happened between Jan. 1, 2006 and April 30, 2017. The study looked at 127,114 disputes in this period in Metro Vancouver. Of those, 75,610 (59.5 per cent) were disputes that had tenants as respondents,
City secrecy on tenant mix at Marpole modular housing alarms community group
1 week ago
Half of the 78 tenants have moved into the new housing complex for the homeless in Marpole but officials remain silent about what proportion have high needs and may present a risk to the community. Some neighbours of the two buildings of temporary modular housing at West 59th Avenue and Heather Street have objected to its proximity to local schools, including Sir Wilfred Laurier Elementary and Ideal Mini across the street and nearby Sir Winston Churchill Secondary. The Caring Citizens of Vancouver Society, which claims to represent 6,000 local residents, is leading that opposition. The group has focused on the city’s “preferred tenanting plan” for the housing, which requires a minimum of 20 per cent of tenants to fall into a “Service Level 3” classification, according to a September 2017 city report. That classification describes people with medium to high needs, who bring with them concerns around behaviour, hoarding, addiction and untreated mental illness. They are character
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