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

Life went on, but not the heat in my roomate's bedroom. So on December 9, 2018 I called Agostino around 4 pm and let him know that the radiator in her room was cold and that the symptoms pointed towards air in the radiator. That's an easy fix; bleed the radiators, a routine task for [...]

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

On December 2, 2018 the usual noise was coming from Jeremy Stamper's car sound system. So my roomate called Agostino to complain. 2018-12-02 1229 Roomate call to Agostino about music from car We weren’t aware of it at the time, but Jeremy Stamper’s peace bond (resulting from his arrest for assault with a weapon on [...]

Part 4 – February 24, 2017 to March 6, 2017

As our March 7, 2017 hearing date approached, the games and harassment got worse. This became a common pattern. Before hearings, he'd do everything he could to antagonize us and to disrupt our ability to prepare a case including filing multiple vexatious applications with the LTB. But those wouldn't come just yet. By February 24, [...]

Part XX-1 November 2018

I'm going to skip ahead a bit in the story so the reader has a better understanding of just how far this situation has gone. On November 12, 2018 I was delivering a letter to the landlord about bedbug treatments by sliding it under Richard Pollington's door (at Agostino Cerino's instructions) when I was accosted [...]

Part 2 – December 14, 2016 – February 20, 2017

At the end of November 2016, after being ignored by our landlord for so long, my roomate and I decided the best approach was to file a T6 application with the Landlord and Tenant Board and to make a complaint to Property Standards in Hamilton. In the first two weeks of December, 2016 the apartment [...]

Part 1 – Background and October 2015-December 2016

Our Landlord, John Cerino, is an interesting character. The photo at the top of this article is a still taken from a video of us paying our rent, an occasion he routinely used as an opportunity to antagonize us or to attempt to gaslight us. Our landlord often does things outside of the accepted social [...]

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 [...]


I am a long time tenant in downtown Hamilton. My current landlord is a slumlord, my third in ten years (out of three). I'd finally had enough, so my roomate and I made application to the Landlord Tenant Board on December 23, 2016, asking that our landlord be ordered to repair our unit. As of [...]