‘Hideous’ hear­ings end­ing

Ad­di­tional ad­ju­di­ca­tor good news for land­lords, ten­ants frus­trated by Land­lord Tenant Board hear­ing de­lays

North Bay Nugget - - NORTH BAY NUGGET - Jen­nifer hamil­ton-mc­cha­rles

A life­line has been thrown to frus­trated land­lords and ten­ants.

Stu­art Bai­ley of the Nipiss­ing Com­mu­nity Le­gal Clinic said the area should see its ad­ju­di­ca­tors dou­ble in num­ber to two in the new year.

It seems like a small im­prove­ment, but the news is be­ing wel­comed by land­lords who have pub­licly crit­i­cized a flawed process, say­ing it takes too long to evict a tenant who hasn’t paid rent or has dam­aged prop­erty.

Ten­ants, mean­while, com­plain they are be­ing un­fairly treated or aren’t re­ceiv­ing the ser­vices they were promised.

Both groups say it takes more than three months to ap­pear be­fore the Land­lord Tenant Board.

“We’re hear­ing the con­tract for one ad­ju­di­ca­tor has been ex­tended and the ad­ju­di­ca­tor who was off is re­turn­ing,” Bai­ley said Wed­nes­day.

Bai­ley de­scribes the most re­cent hear­ing as “hideous.”

He said ad­ju­di­ca­tion and me­di­a­tion were done by tele­con­fer­ence.

“You need a live ad­ju­di­ca­tor and me­di­a­tor. It’s hor­ri­ble for ev­ery­one. Land­lords aren’t able to get their cases across for dam­age or un­paid rent, and we don’t have the ef­fect of look­ing some­one in the eye.”

Bai­ley said he would like to see an in­creased in­vest­ment in the Land­lord Tenant Board of­fice in Sud­bury.

He said that of­fice lost two peo­ple.

“They’re hav­ing a hard time get­ting the work done be­cause there’s fewer peo­ple to do it. The pub­lic can’t go in and talk to some­one in per­son. There’s no counter staff to serve land­lords and ten­ants, and go over their ap­pli­ca­tions to en­sure there are no mis­takes.”

Doug Loomis said some­thing bet­ter hap­pen soon be­cause North Bay is be­com­ing known as a city where you can live rent-free for eight to 12 months.

Loomis, who has been a land­lord for more than 50 years, says renters know how to play the sys­tem, and are us­ing long de­lays for Land­lord Tenant Tri­bunal hear­ings to their ad­van­tage.

he said it takes be­tween eight and 12 months to get a bad tenant evicted be­cause of the flawed process. he was about to hire a sher­iff to evict a First av­enue east, tenant, but the tenant left on his own Thurs­day.

Loomis said he’s owed $6,300 in un­paid rent and restor­ing the unit will cost $10,000, fix­ing holes in the walls and a bro­ken shower, as well as lift­ing car­pet sat­u­rated with cat urine.

a waste bin will be needed to clear the garbage out.

“This is my re­tire­ment,” said Loomis 73. “I was do­ing a friend a favour. I sure will not be do­ing any favours any­more.”

Loomis said the tenant left two cats and some rep­tiles be­hind.

Paul davis restora­tion ser­vices in North bay re­ports re­ceiv­ing its “fair share” of calls for restora­tion ser­vices.

The com­pany said apart­ments and homes are in such poor con­di­tion they re­quire the train­ing and equip­ment of pro­fes­sion­als to deal with things like mould and bed bugs.

Jen­nifer hamil­ton-mc­cha­rles / THE Nugget

North Bay land­lord Doug Loomis is call­ing a restora­tion com­pany to gut an apart­ment that was va­cated Thurs­day. The for­mer tenant owes $6,300 in rent and caused $10,000 in dam­age, he es­ti­mates.

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