‘Hideous’ hearings ending
Additional adjudicator good news for landlords, tenants frustrated by Landlord Tenant Board hearing delays
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.
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.