Ever been in a fight?
Maybe it was when you were in elementary school and someone wanted to steal your lunch money?
Or did someone check you a little too hard on the hockey rink and it led to some pushing and shoving during your teenage years?
A story at the Barrie Landlord blog is about someone much more frightening.
It’s even worse than the usual problems Ontario landlords face.
Here’s what went down…
A dispute took place in a duplex.
The landlady lived upstairs and rented her basement to a middle-aged man. According to the Barrie Examiner there was a lot of commotion going on in the downstairs apartment.
The tenant must have been having a bad night because he was destroying his own belongings in the early hours.
Throwing things around in the middle of the night is not what any landlord wants to have happen, especially if she is living upstairs!
She called the authorities and the tenant was taken away to settle down.
Unfortunately the story doesn’t end there.
Between 7 – 8 a.m. he was released and returned to the rental property.
He tried to open his door and when he found it was locked the threats to the landlady started again.
The authorities came and did a good job. Only imagine how the landlady must feel.
And, she still have to deal with the tenant.
According to the Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board, the landlady will have to go through a long eviction process to terminate his tenancy and get him out of her life.
A lot of you might be asking the question:
Why Would The Barrie Landlord Even Rent To This Tenant?
The answer isn’t simple. As discussed in the Ontario Landlord Association forum:
Sometimes there simply isn’t anyone qualified for months on end and you have to take a risk.
Part of the problem is so many people rent out basements while living upstairs meaning the highest qualified tenants have lots of choices.
The government doesn’t care these places are usually created by the owners themselves. Meaning they aren’t inspected by the fire department, aren’t up to code, don’t have legal windows, exits, etc.
This is why I dare the government to go ahead with landlord licensing. Give these non-pro landlords a chance to put down another 5-10k to get up to code or shut them down.