May 15, 2020

This blog documents one tenant’s attempt to stop being cheated every month when I pay rent. I hadn’t had a square deal on rent since 2009 when this all started in 2016, and haven’t since. I got tired of being ripped off, and after the third slumlord in a row tried it, my roommate and I filed a maintenance application with the Landlord Tenant Board in December of 2016. It has yet to be heard. We’ve since filed two more applications alleging some of the worst behavior possible for a landlord under the Residential Tenancy Act. Neither has been heard. Our landlord has brought six vexatious eviction applications, based on blatant and provable lies, against us before we voluntarily terminated our tenancy on January 31, 2020. When that didn’t succeed in driving us out, he resorted to outright thug tactics. He has ignored three orders by members of the Landlord Tenant Board, but there has been no enforcement action, and won’t be.

This blog tells the story. Along the way you’ll meet a lot of interesting people, and may get a better understanding of the challenges faced by tenants (and other citizens) in Ontario.

Some notes on conventions used in this blog:

The narrative tells the story in normal text, with links to documents, audio recordings and videos that support the facts stated in the narrative. Documents are indicated by (Doc xx), where xx is the document number. Clicking on the (Doc xx) will download a pdf of the document in question (although in this example, it just opens Google search). Likewise, audio recordings and videos are indicated by (AR-xx) and (Vid xx) respectively. Videos are hosted on youtube, and the (Vid XX) links will open a new tab in your browser and play the video. Most of the videos have subtitles and/or transcripts of the conversations posted. Audio recordings can be downloaded in their entirety by clicking on the (AR xx) links, and played in almost any media player (I recommend VLC Media Player. It’s freeware, open source and plays anything with minimal system resources). Some audio recordings have associated transcripts which can be downloaded (they’re documents, and labelled as documents with the Doc xx format). Screenshots from videos may not match the exact frame specified in the narrative if you are using the videos posted on youtube. Youtube processes the videos for efficient streaming.

Commentary will be in bold text, and includes background and context necessary to understand the events in question. Not all bold text is commentary, so if there is any question, commentary will begin with “{” and end with “}“.

Text that has been cut and pasted from documents, and transcripts, will be italicized. Rants, political opinions, miscellaneous background, personal observations and a healthy dose of snark will be added later, in this colour.

Here’s what happened:

Chapter 1 – Background

Chapter 02 – Wednesday December 14, 2016 to Monday February 20, 2017

Chapter 03 – Tuesday February 21, 2017 to Thursday February 23, 2017

Chapter 04 – Friday February 24, 2017 to Monday March 6, 2017

Chapter 05 – Tuesday March 7, 2017

Chapter 06 – Wednesday March 8, 2017 to Saturday April 1, 2017

Chapter 7 – April 2, 2017-April 30, 2017

Chapter 8 – 1 May 2017-14 May 2017

Chapter 9 – May 15, 2017

Chapter 10 – May 16, 2017

Chapter 11 – May 17, 2017

Chapter 12 – May 18-30, 2017

Chapter 13 – June 1&2, 2017

Chapter 14 & 15 – June 3-June 28, 2017

Chapter 16 – June 29, 2017-July 2, 2017

Chapter 17 – July 3-17, 2017

Chapter 18 – July 18, 2017

Chapter 19 – July 19-21, 2017

Chapter 20 – July 22-31. 2017

Chapter 21 – Tuesday August 1, 2017

Chapter 22 – Wednesday August 2, 2017

Chapter 23 – Thursday August 3, 2017 to Wednesday August 9, 2017

Chapter 24 – Thursday August 10, 2017

Chapter 25 – Friday August 11, 2017 to Sunday September 24, 2017

Chapter 26 – Monday September 25, 2017 to Wednesday September 27, 2017

Chapter 27 – Thursday September 28, 2017

Chapter 28 – Friday September 29, 2017 – Thursday November 2, 2017

Chapter 29 – Friday November 3, 2017 to Sunday December 31, 2017

Chapter 30 – Monday January 1, 2018 to Saturday March 31, 2018

Chapter 31 – April 1, 2018 to April 30, 2018

MORE COMING

Part XX-1 November 2018

Part XX-2 December 1 2018 – December 8, 2018

Part XX-3 December 9, 2018 – December 28, 2018

Part XX-4 December 29, 2018 to January 31, 2019

Part XX-5 – February 1, 2019 – March 7, 2019

Part XX-6 – March 8, 2019 – March 29, 2019

Part XX-7 March 30, 2019 – June 6, 2019

Part XX-8 June 7, 2019

Part XX-9 June 8, 2019 – July 10, 2019

Part XX-10 July 11, 2019

Part XX-11 July 12, 2019

Part XX-12 July 13-14, 2019

Part XX-13 July 15, 2019

Part XX-14 July 16&17, 2019

Part XX-15 July 18, 2019-August 4, 2019

Part XX-16 August 5, 2019

Part XX-17 August 6, 2019

Part XX-18 August 8, 2019

Part XX-19 August 9, 2019

Part XX-20 August 11, 2019

PART XX-21 August 12, 2019

PART XX-22 August 14-15, 2019

PART XX-23 August 16, 2019

PART XX-24 August 17-20, 2019

PART XX-25 August 21, 2019

PART XX-26 August 22,2019

PART XX-27 August 23-24, 2019

PART XX-28 August 25, 2019

PART XX-29 August 26, 2019-August 31, 2019

PART XX-30 September 2, 2019

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