So today I have a landlord application to evict a tenant, a man who has violent tendencies, who bullies tenants into submission, and who was charged with assault of the superintendent. Including the victim, there were 4 eye-witnesses to the assault at the hearing, one of those being a security guard. Security flagged down an officer on the street the day of the assault, and they arrested the tenant. Charges are still pending before the criminal courts.
We served the N6 and N7 notice of termination at the beginning of July. We filed on July 12th. The tenant has had over a month to find a lawyer, yet he comes in today playing the lawyer card, fired his first one he admits, the second isn't yet actually retained, yet he feels he has an absolute right to counsel. So did the Member I guess.
So the matter was adjourned to a date over a month from now. The Board and the Minister will tell you they have an expedited process for impaired safety, but it's a lie, a complete falsehood. In practice, they don't give a damn about the safety of good tenants in buildings.
I wanted the security guard to testify today (related to the adjournment request by the tenant) that when the officers arrested the tenant, they confided to security that they know this guy, and that even they don't want to deal with him. We brought documents to the hearing from an online message board where this tenant, a survivalist, talks repeatedly about owning guns and ammunition. His political views on his Facebook page reads:
Listen, and understand. The Liberal is out there. It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse - only fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until your guns are gone.His favourite quote shown on his Facebook page is:
"HONOR AND COURAGEBut the Member wasn't interested in hearing any of it. Does nobody remember Columbine or what happened in Norway just last month. I've already had one property-manager client stabbed, I wrote about her tragic death in an earlier post on this blog. We don't need another. The provincial courts are partly to blame as well. When someone allegedly assaults a person, tenant or staff in a building, the bail conditions should always include a prohibition from living in the building until such time as the matter is resolved. It happens sometimes. Most times not.
SKILL AND COLD STEEL"
The LTB isn't just a little broken in need of fixing. It's dead at the side of the road. I hope a new government puts it out of its misery.