So far, this disagreement with our landlord had used up 3 hours 30 minutes of hearing time at the LTB, in 4 hearings, one by telephone, one in person (counting the Case Management Hearing as a hearing). It has also used up 20 minutes of a mediator’s time. It has resulted in two responses by HPS to a complaint (one by the tenants). I’ll keep a running tally.
So far, this disagreement with our landlord had used up 3.1 hours of hearing time at the LTB, in 2 hearings, one by telephone, one in person (counting the Case Management Hearing as a hearing). It has also resulted in one response by HPS to a complaint (by the tenants). I’ll keep a running tally.
Finally, we got our day in court (or so we thought at the time). This was a merits hearing for SOT-77864-17, the T2 Application About Tenant Rights that I’d filed in early January 2017 at the advice of a lawyer from the Hamilton Legal Clinic.
By February 24, 2017, after 12 days of entry by the landlord and/or his agents (not counting two meetings), the repairs completed are:
repairing the toilet (1 hour)
Replacing two interior doors (6 hours)
Installing locking mechanisms on nine windows (4.5 hours)
Weather stripping around the front door (2 hours)
Repairing the front door lock and self closure (2 hours)
Replacing an electric stove (1 hour)
Installing lifts on six windows (1.5 hours)
Foyer light repaired (2 hours, and only because Agostino had to re-wire the light fixture through the building meter, rather than Richard’s meter)
Richard Pollington’s behavior becomes increasingly antagonistic and hostile.
John tries to bully and gaslight Marie, trying to frame her for an offence under the RTA which would be grounds for eviction. John doesn’t realize (or doesn’t care) that she is recording him.
I started this blog both to document the difficulties a tenant faces trying to enforce the law. It had become very clear to me over the previous decade that there were some fundamental inequities in the landlord tenant relationship (to put it mildly) in downtown Hamilton.
Along the way I’ve some to a few conclusions about the effectiveness of the Landlord and Tenant Board (both as an adjudicative body and as an effective means for a tenant to enforce rights under the law) the effectiveness of Municipal Law Enforcement at curbing landlord misbehavior, the contributions made to the current housing crisis in Hamilton by the ineffectiveness of the LTB and MLE, and the ongoing gong-show (shitshow? bullying douchebaggery? neo-facist sellouts? It’s hard to find the right label…) that passes for city government in Hamilton.
So far, this disagreement with our landlord had used up 4 hours 40 minutes of hearing time at the LTB, in 6 hearings, one by telephone, five in person (counting the Case Management Hearing and mediation session of May 19, 2017 as hearings). It has also used up 6 hours and 20 minutes of a mediator’s time. It has resulted in three responses by HPS to a complaint (one by the tenants). I’ll keep a running tally.
That makes 24 days of entry on 10 Notices of Entry since this began.
John’s Notice of Entry said that he would be entering at 9 am (assuming the times given were a window for entry (ie: the period of time that they would actually be in the apartment), and not a window for time of entry (ie: An interval of time during which they would arrive); I was never able …
The Stampers’ test their car horn, about a dozen times a night. Apparently they like to know it is in working order at random intervals.