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The Toronto “Tenant from Hell” Story Continues…

July 1st, 2012 · 2 Comments · Ontario Landlords Association, tenant from hell

July 1st, 2012

If Only The Landlords Had Done a Credit Check…

A tenant from hell with a track record of bounced checks and eviction notices has been warned by an Ontario Superior Court judge to pay what she owes or she should expect to face consequences in court.

Tenant from Hell Nina Willis made a brief appearance at Osgoode Hall courts Wednesday. Willis is appealing an eviction order issued by the Landlord and Tenant Board after she again failed to pay rent.

“You have the right to prosecute an appeal but not to withhold your rent,” stated Justice Herman Wilton-Siegel, after granting an adjournment to allow Willis time to obtain a lawyer and pay her landlord the $8,250 she owes him.

“The circumstances before the court when it hears this matter will be completely different depending on whether you pay your rent,” the judge said.

Willis, who habitually fails to pay her landlords and has a track record abusing protections at the Landlord and Tenant Board to delay her evictions, was the subject of a Star investigation in early May. Willis has been living inside a home in Don Mills since August, failing to pay rent to her  landlord Darius Vakili for many of those months.

Wednesday’s hearing was adjourned after Willis alleged a “conflict of interest” in part because Vakili’s lawyer, David Strashin, represented three of her previous landlords. The lawyer is attempting to have her appeal quashed.

Wilton-Siegel gave Willis the time to get legal advice but strongly cautioned she “can’t simply come into court” and make allegations. He said she needs to be prepared to present a recognized legal argument when she returns to court.

Willis, dressed in a tidy white dress and grey jacket, said “I want to get a lawyer. I’ll pay for (the lawyer) and I’ll pay Mr. Vakili.”

Willis typically loses her cases in front of the Landlord and Tenant Board and then appeals the board decision, resulting in an appearance before an Ontario appeals court.

The Star had to use court records and interviews with past landlords, lawyers and paralegals to confirm Willis has been ordered out of at least six homes since 2005.

Board hearings are open to the public, but unlike cases before the courts privacy legislation means landlords have no access to previous decisions.

Are you still wondering if you should do a credit check or not…?

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