April 2, 2017 was my birthday, so I ignored the problem for a day. On April 3, 2017 I called Agostino to try and make arrangements to pay the rent.
Not very productive. A phone call to Richard Pollington an hour later was made to clarify things to inform Richard (again) to contact me and not my roomate for anything to do with the unit, to stop his constant attempts to collect rent without a receipt being issued, and to request (again) the removal of some dog feces on the fire escape outside our bathroom window.
I was getting very annoyed by the lack of maintenance being done on the property. I’d asked Richard to remove the dogshit from the fire escape a several times over the previous seven weeks, starting in February. Photogrpahs of the feces (and other garbage left around the property) were included in the disclosure given to John Cerino on February 20, 2017. John did direct his caretakers to ‘spruce up” the property in late February of 2017 (as detailed in a previous post) but they’d missed this one. Ironically, one of John’s favorite expressions when discussing his repairs is “We don’t let shit lie.” He does, literally.
It was never cleaned up, and eventually decomposed over the following summer.
Later that day, Richard called my roomate’s cell phone. She did not answer. I had another letter to deliver to Richard so I went down and knocked on his door.
Richard was insulting, confrontational and refused to sign a receipt for the letter, so I mailed a copy to John’s address the following day. I also told Richard that if he continued to try to contact my roomate, he might face legal action. At the end of our conversation, Richard held up his cell phone and claimed to have recorded the conversation. He also claimed that I had threatened him. I hadn’t. If he did record our conversation, he hasn’t disclosed the recording as of November 12, 2019. I’d be interested in hearing it. I had been very careful NOT to threaten Richard.
There was no response to the letter, or any attempt to make arrangements to pay the rent, so on April 6, 2017 I left a message for Agostino and John.
An hour later, I heard from John. I didn’t hit the “record” button on my phone at the beginning of the call, so there’s about 10 seconds missing. In this call, John is asked to make arrangements to receive the rent. He instructs me to go downstairs and pay Richard and says he will put that in writing. He then talks over me, in a condescending and dismissive manner. So I called Agostino. It didn’t go much better.
John must have decided against serving us an N4 for the unpaid rent, so on April 6, 2017, this was delivered by sliding it under our door.
So, I wrote yet another letter to our landlords and delivered it to Richard Pollington.
I also served Richard with a summons to appear at the next two merit hearings on May 9, 2017 and May 11, 2017.
I made an audio recording of the conversation (no video). I made the recording as proof of service. It was never disclosed, as the question of Richard Pollington being a witness became moot soon after. In February of 2019, in a private complaint, Richard would state that I threatened him with bodily harm. Listen to the conversation and decide for yourself.
The other person in the conversation is Larry Norman, another of John’s “caretakers”, and Pollington’s roomate.
On the morning of April 7, 2019 I noticed two police cruisers pull up to the front of the building. Richard Pollington met the officers out front, and I could see him gesture towards our windows, so I went down to see what was going on. By the time I got down, Richard had disappeared.
The officer I spoke to said that Richard had complained of “harassment”. The officer also volunteered that nothing I’d said to Richard was a threat, which struck me as a bit odd.
The Occurrence Details Report is here:
At the time, we thought this was Richard’s way of saying “I don’t want to be involved”. Fine with us.
The officer’s notes don’t say anything about threats:
Neither does the officer’s witness statement. At least not the redacted versions I got through FoI.
At 15:10 that afternoon (10 minutes late) John arrived at our door, accompanied by Agostino.
Not my finest moment, but I was getting very tired of the constant antagonism from our landlord.
A copy of the letter John handed to me is below.
A few points about this letter:
- John has no right to forbid recording conversations, particularly in our home. It isn’t harassment to make a recording of a conversation (unless you’re a sociopath who cannot bear being held accountable for your actions). As long as you are a party to the conversation, there’s nothing at all wrong (in a legal sense) with recording it. In your own home, there is absolutely no reason (in the legal sense) why you can’t make a video recording (except, possibly, the bathroom).
- John insists on involving Richard Pollington as his agent, even after he was made aware that Richard had made a criminal complaint against me. This would continue John’s tactic of doing his dirty work through other people (also known as triangulation). Richard is extremely stupid, badly educated and naive.
So I wrote yet another letter to our lunatic landlord. This one I mailed, Canada post.
We did not receive any reply to any of our letters.
On April 9, 2017 as I was entering the building, Richard Pollington came out of the front door of his unit, saw me in the hallway and spit on the floor beside my foot. He then said “Fucking welfare bum” and walked out the front door of the building. I ignored it.
On April 24, 2017 we received this in the mail:
The address of the rental unit is wrong. Yahkni was almost as bad as John for errors in her correspondence and paperwork. She is well soken in English, but appears to me to have a bit of difficulty writing and reading in English (some of her later paperwork is incomprehensible gibberish in places).
On April 27, 2017 I served Cora Williams with a witness summons for the merit hearings on May 9 and May 11, 2017. I’d accidentally served her with two copies of one summons, rather than one copy of each, and her father called me to sort it out. We met and spoke on the front deck of the building. Cora’s rather odd behavior of late (I’ll fill in details later) had made me cautious, so I recorded the conversation.
On April 28, this letter was delivered by sliding it under our door.
It’s interesting that John wants us to deal with Richard Pollington. He also consistently misspells his brother’s name.
So I called Agostino;
Note that Agostino insists on involving Richard Pollington, even after Richard has made a complaint to police. Agostino also assures me that John won’t be along.
On April 30, 2017 I called Agostino to arrange a time for him to pick up the rent.