Well-dressed 'professional tenant' won't leave rental


tay
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A Toronto landlord says she's been conned by a "professional tenant" who's been living in her Yorkville home since July without paying rent.

"It's been a living hell for the past two months," Robin Ennis said in an interview with CBC News.

The matter is the subject of a case being heard by the Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board.

The tenant, James Regan, 62, lost a similar dispute at the board earlier this year over another property he was occupying. The board ordered his eviction in that case.

Regan appealed that eviction and lost in Ontario Superior Court, a process that took eight months, during which he lived rent-free in the condo near Old Mill Road and Bloor Street West.

Rent was $3,200 per month and, according to court documents, Regan owed more than $25,000 when a second eviction was ordered on July 29. He never paid any of that money, court documents show.

The following day, Ennis said she met Regan, who was well-dressed and polite, when he inquired about renting a second-floor apartment in her home on Avenue Road near Dupont Street.

Ennis says they signed an agreement to lease and Regan promised to pay first and last month's rent, provide proof of insurance, as well as a credit and criminal background check.

But the following day, Friday July 1, Ennis says Regan showed up at the home unannounced claiming to have valuable art he urgently needed to store.

Ennis gave Regan the keys to the unit, which she says he did not return.

By July 2, Ennis says Regan had moved himself and other belongings into the home. When she confronted him about paying first and last month's rent, Ennis says Regan was confrontational.

"He stole the keys and said I'll see you at the Landlord and Tenant [Board]," Ennis said.

Following the Sept. 8 hearing, Regan was asked by CBC News why he hasn't paid rent.

"Because the legal opinions I've been given are indicating that there's a breach of the landlord's responsibility," Regan said outside of the Landlord and Tenant Board offices.

"That's the process. If you feel you've been wronged, you take the matters to court."

Regan didn't specify how he's been wronged. But in a letter he wrote to Ennis's employer, obtained by CBC News, he complains of a faulty air conditioner.

Ennis and Fratia say the apartment is in perfect condition.

"He's professional tenant. That's what I call him," Fratia said.

"They find places to live, hopefully stay for eight to nine months. As soon as they know they can't go any further, they find another place to move into and do the exact same thing. And our system allows them to do that."

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Machjo
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Yes, we need laws to protect tenants. But this example leads me to believe that they might have gone too far and might now need some revision to better balance the rights of the tenant and the landlord.
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
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#3
She should never have given the keys. She should have opened the door for the valuable art under her supervision or just said no.
 
MHz
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Hmmmm, . . . . My doorbell doesn't work. That should be good enough reason yes??
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
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Quote: Originally Posted by MHz View Post

Hmmmm, . . . . My doorbell doesn't work. That should be good enough reason yes??

The proper action would be to take the landlord to the board about your doorbell. For some reason the board seems to be sympathetic to a-s-s-holes who just stop paying rent.
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
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Quote: Originally Posted by MHz View Post

Hmmmm, . . . . My doorbell doesn't work. That should be good enough reason yes??

The proper action would be to take the landlord to the board about your doorbell. For some reason the board seems to be sympathetic to a-s-s-holes who just stop paying rent.
 
Machjo
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Quote: Originally Posted by IdRatherBeSkiing View Post

The proper action would be to take the landlord to the board about your doorbell. For some reason the board seems to be sympathetic to a-s-s-holes who just stop paying rent.

I doubt that the board is sympathetic. It's probably more a matter of the board having its hands tied due to laws to protect tenants that thsi guy has figured out how to exploit. In that case, the judge wold be ruling in favour of the tenant qhile cursing that same tenant in his heart. That same judge might send a letter to his MP suggesting certain laws need to change to prevent abuse. The board doesn't make the rules. It just enforces them.
 
MHz
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Quote: Originally Posted by IdRatherBeSkiing View Post

The proper action would be to take the landlord to the board about your doorbell. For some reason the board seems to be sympathetic to a-s-s-holes who just stop paying rent.

No doubt it is a reason they have a job in the first place, it is the courts who take care of the landlords so you know who always wins in the end. That is from personal experience so it is a valid point.
 
Kreskin
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A friend of mine got his bad tenant out by moving all of his belongings into the yard and changing the locks. The tenant was officially wronged but it would take him up to 60 days to get a hearing. The guy disappeared. Solved that pretty fast.
 
Ludlow
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Whatever happened to the good ole days where you just tossed the guy out on his ****?
 
Machjo
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Quote: Originally Posted by Ludlow View Post

Whatever happened to the good ole days where you just tossed the guy out on his ****?

The problem then was landlords were probably abusing tenants.

Now we have the opposite extreme. It's time to tweek the law again to protect the rights of landlords too.
 
taxslave
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Any wonder no one wants to own rental units.
 
Machjo
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslave View Post

Any wonder no one wants to own rental units.

That's why you do a proper background check.
 
tay
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Police are trying to track down a Toronto man who allegedly punched a woman during a dispute.

The incident took place Sept. 24 in the Avenue and McMaster avenues area.

According to police, the 56-year-old woman was punched and kicked after she confronted a man about a civil matter.

She required hospitalization for her injuries, police said.

Police identified a suspect in the case in a media release issued Monday afternoon.

Sixty-two-year-old James Regan is wanted for assault.

He is described as five-foot-10, 170 pounds, with a medium build, blue eyes, short hair, a moustache, and thick eyebrows.

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Cannuck
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Quote: Originally Posted by Ludlow View Post

Whatever happened to the good ole days where you just tossed the guy out on his ****?

...or carry him out on a stretcher
 
Ludlow
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Quote: Originally Posted by Cannuck View Post

...or carry him out on a stretcher

Is that what happened to you freeloader? Your grandmother got tired of you layin on the couch in her basement all day long watching cartoons ?Them old ladies ain't to be fooled with sometimes sap.
 
lone wolf
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Make a list and check it twice and put it on the Internet that they aren't real nice

When the twerp reads it, all you have to do is take it down