Slumlords, Sociopaths and
Other Interesting People
If you are a tenant in Hamilton, Ontario, you’re probably already aware of the difficulties in finding accommodation in the city. But once you’ve found it, you’re all set, right?
This blog is intended to document one tenant’s quest for compensation for substandard housing. Should be simple, right?
It is intended to be read in chronological order, but won’t be posted that way. So, I’ll post and update a list of links, in the order they should be read, in this post and make it a sticky. Details will be filled in as I have time, as will edited versions of all documentation in the LTB applications, criminal complaints and all the other abuses of process going on here.
I’ve become weary of explaining this story to yet another of our landlord’s representatives. I’ll be referring them to this blog, going forward. It should save me a lot of time. And who knows. Maybe the circus around my home will die down a bit if our landlord and his loony crew know anybody can watch the show from our side. Maybe even long enough for us to get a hearing at the LTB, which as of the date of this writing, hasn’t happened in two years and eight months. (Sorta. I’ll fill in the details of that fiasco. As of now (August 26, 2019) we’ve had one hearing for our first application (on July 11, 2019), which was filed on Dec 16, 2016. The next hearing is October 17, 2019. The delays were sue to a combination of sleazy (ie: sharp) practice by our landlord’s representatives and a world class cluster-f&^k by the LTB). I’ll be updating, filling in the missing pieces of the timeline, and correcting any errors I find over the next few weeks.
August 27, 2019 – It appears our landlord and his loony crew have been successful in driving me out, and my roommate has been looking for other accommodations. I’ll post the details.
November 21, 2019 – Update: My last update from August 27, 2019 used the word “appears” quite deliberately. I gaslit our landlords, and bought a couple months of (relative) peace and quiet. Details to follow.
It is practically impossible for a tenant to enforce maintenance standards in the city of Hamilton, Ontario.
It is virtually impossible for a self represented tenant to be heard fairly (or at all) at the Landlord Tenant Board (but I’ll keep trying).