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Advice on “professional tenant” screwing over elderly Landlord

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[OP]
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Sep 15, 2012
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Mississauga

Advice on “professional tenant” screwing over elderly Landlord

Looking for some advice on this matter. House is owner occupied and they had the basement finished and legalized last year in Mississauga. The owners found a tenant, single guy, who was working at the time (February) and he agreed to pay $700 to rent the basement all inclusive.

Now since March, the guy has stopped paying rent even though he said he’s still working, doesn’t clean up the place, and has a couple of his buddies come live with him now.

Owners are an elderly couple on my street and we’ve known them for a long time, nice people..too trusting it seemed like
When I asked them what kind of info they verified from tenant. They’re being screwed out of their rent plus their place is being thrashed, they’re starting to even leave garbage out in the yard. Too late
For due diligence on the background check of tenant. Just looking for some advice that I can give to them and who to reach out to at this point? I know landlord tenant board is closed but is there a lawyer they should reach out to to help with this?
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Penalty Box
Mar 28, 2017
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I would follow him to a bar and beat his ass and claim it's a typical bar fight.
Newbie
Aug 8, 2008
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Vaughan
johnnyepy666 wrote: I would follow him to a bar and beat his ass and claim it's a typical bar fight.
This would work if bars were still open and people were going to them.

Honestly OP, this guy sounds like an absolute nightmare. What I would get your neighbours to do is document EVERYTHING. Get refusals of paying rent in writing. Get that person to admit they are still working. Prove that too many people are living in the space and they are destroying property. Then, go here: http://www.sjto.gov.on.ca/ltb/covid-19/

Apply for urgent emergency review, and hopefully this can go through. I don't have any experience with the LTB in this kind of situation, but luckily in this kind of situation, your neighbours might have a course of action. Good luck!
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Go to any small independent cafe or restaurant in Vaughan... ask for Tony...
Deal Guru
Feb 29, 2008
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Professional Tenants are very real no matter how hard some people here and in the media try to deny it. Just another tenant taking advantage of the situation. When Ford and Trudeau said tenants didn't have to pay it was like they hit the bat signal for every scumbag tenant out there. I hope things get resolved. This is one of those situations where you call up the goons and let them handle business.
Last edited by JayLove06 on May 28th, 2020 6:06 am, edited 2 times in total.
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May 12, 2014
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There is only one proper way to deal with this, and that's the legal way.

Given current circumstances, it will be long and painful and expensive. But still cheaper than trying to go the extra-legal route.

If the guy is gainfully employed with a stable job, they'll get paid eventually.
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Mar 10, 2004
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Maybe have the couple get their kids involved. The kids will have the energy to learn the system quickly and figure out what to do next.

To the f**ker taking advantage of the couple, karma is a bitch.
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Sep 8, 2007
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Way Out of GTA
Let this be a lesson to every HGTV addict who sees a few episodes of Income Property and thinks...”hey this is easy money”.

The way the laws were skewed in favour of the tenants were bad before this, now with the eviction halt it’s just a complete sham. I advise people to either get a smaller property that they occupy all themselves or find another source of income. Secondary unit’s are nightmares. You basically lose control of your house to bring in a couple bucks a month after the taxes and wear and tear on your property. When you’ve even got Ford pandering to tenants (and in the no eviction order, scumbag tenants) you know it’s time to get out.
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Jul 3, 2011
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No offense to you. But you're coming on line to ask for advice to give to your neighbours?
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Sep 2, 2009
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FrancisBacon wrote: If the guy is gainfully employed with a stable job, they'll get paid eventually.
That's just not how "professional" tenants work. They purposefully abuse the system to get free rent (or near free - pay a month or two then stop, pay a few months in advance to get the place then stop paying, etc)

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