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Welcome to a Tenant’s Nightmare

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 [...]

Part 24 – August 10, 2017

Today's hearing was for our landlord's L2 application, based on the N5 Notices we'd been served on May 26, 2017 and July 20, 2017. The hearing recording is here: 2017-08-10 SOL-84218-17 Hearing Recording - Part 1 of 2.mp3 2017-08-10 SOL-84218-17 Hearing Recording - Part 2 of 2.mp3 There was a lot of skulduggery by Yahkni [...]

Part 23 – August 3-9, 2017

My rooomate and I both planned to have one of us home all day on August 3 to deal any entry. At 10:30, Agostino called. 2017-08-03 1031 - Conversation Agostino Bosch - 2017_08_03_10_31_12894892913_In A transcript of the conversation follows: PB: Yes?AC: This is Agostino, how you doin' today?PB: Not too bad, what's up?AC: {indistinct}, Okay [...]

Part 22 – August 2, 2017

The day before had been exhausting, but mercifully short. John was late again. At 10:57 am, there was a knock on our door. Here's what happened. https://youtu.be/BhSHs4c80lo 2017-08-02 - Entry to Unit and Repairs and Bylaw Inspection Officer Woods wasn't supposed to be there until the next day, or so I thought. It turns out [...]

Part 21 – August 1, 2017

I didn't bother to contact John's paralegal about the Notice. It hadn't done any good to this point. As usual, John was late. At 10:35 there was a knock on our door. I answered it. Here's what happened: https://youtu.be/TBawJmxQhR4 2017-08-01 1040-1218 Rent is paid and Entry to unit and repairs We had to switch cameras [...]

Part 20 – July 22-31, 2017

On July 24, I faxed an amendment to SOT-80393-17, our T2 Application for Tenant Rights that had been filed with the LTB in March of 2017. The amendment alleges numerous violations of the RTA and harassment by our landlord and his agents. On July 27, 2017 I spoke to Shewfelt by telephone. She'd just returned [...]

Part 17 – July 2-17, 2017

The next few days were relatively quiet, aside from the banging, shouting and occasional car horn coming from the unit below (and the driveway). Richard Pollington was his usual cheery self whenever we passed in the front hallway, greeting me with "Fucking fag" on July 3, "cocksucker" on July 4, "fucking cocksucker" on July 4 [...]

Part 16 – June 29, 2017-July 1, 2017

On June 29, 2017 Lynne Shewfelt called me to schedule another Property Standards inspection of the premises. I'd mentioned to James McCleary (and others) that there were some other issues with the apartment, including the soft spot in the kitchen floor. Shewfelt and Lord came to the unit for the inspection. Again, Shewfelt appeared to [...]