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I recently moved out of a basement suite on September 30th. It is not fit to live in, as there was water getting into the master bedroom. There is mold all over the baseboards under where the windows are; and likely in the walls as well. My infant needed to go to the ER a handful of times due to respiratory issues, and I believe the mold was the cause. I didn’t even know about the mold until about 1 month ago. The tenant upstairs was also smoking inside within a month of us bringing home our newborn. We asked him to not smoke inside, but he continued. It’s a non smoking home, we even told the landlord. No action was taken.

This place is unfinished. When we moved in over a year ago, there was no windows, there was holes in the walls that were simply boarded up. No bedroom door in master bedroom. No doorknob on spare bedroom. No fan in bathroom . We were told these things would be repaired shortly after we had moved in. It took months for windows to be installed. They were finally in just before it got cold. There was still no bedroom door when we moved out.

The heat never worked in the spare bedroom. Landlord was too cheap to fix it the right way. The tenant living upstairs was a POS that purposely didn’t turn on the heat in the winter months, knowing we have a kid downstairs. Our child would always be cold unless we doubled up on footie pajamas during winter.

When it was time to move out, we cleaned the place extensively, expecting at least some of our damage deposit back. We have not heard from our old landlord. He never did a walkthrough. We will not be seeing that money.

We paid $1000 for 2/bdrm and person upstairs only paid $600 for a finished 3/bd. We believe we were getting taken advantage of living here. This place isn’t even worth $600/month. I wish we would have moved out sooner.

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I’m writing this to warn people. My mom saw a for rent sign on the lawn this morning. I’m not sure if I can post addresses on shout out, but be wary of a 2 bd basement rental suite on the west end in grovenor; on the 106 ave intersection. It’s not worth it. Especially if you have kids. The tenant who lives upstairs, and the land lord are crooks. We never even had a ‘real’ lease. It was written in pen on a lined piece of paper by my mom.

I’ve attached some pictures, one of our missing bedroom door, one of the holes that was in the ceiling, and one of the shoddy workmanship that went into the windows. The water was likely leaking in through these.

Address is 10663 149st. [Please remove if not allowed]

If anyone knows if I can take any legal action, please put that in the comments! I really want to do something about these people…

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  1. Sue the landlord and report him to public Health.

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  2. call the health department and get an inspection

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  3. Why would you move in at all!

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  4. I’d hope you posted this in renters fb groups…good luck with the new place! Why did you even move there in the first place is what I’m wondering…I’m glad you got out though

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  5. Karina Lim Karina Lim says:

    If he never did a walk through then your entitled to full refund on damage! He has 10 days to send damage to you by law! This is how rental company worked when I worked there! Please fight this

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    • Rhonda Shott Rhonda Shott says:

      Thats not true about the walk trough. We rented a house in southgate area. And the day we moved out we cleaned like it was brand new. We had to take the landlord to court as there was never a walk through also. She lied in court so bad and i ended up owing her $800 dollars. She used he bf as a “friend” who was witness that i had two big dogs, which i didnt. And letters from her friend in mexico saying she helped clean the house. I found out her friend never dis come to Canada at that time. They say to watch out for shady tenants, well there are shady landlords too.

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    • Mandy Couch Mandy Couch says:

      If there was no proper lease agreement stating dates and amounts…the money for the deposit would be considered a gift.

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  6. Adele Hammer Adele Hammer says:

    Go to the residential tenancy dispute board and file he will have to pay back all of the damage deposit

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  7. If he didn’t do a walk through he has to refund you. He has no legal proof of what the state of the place was before you moved in, and therefore cannot prove any damages were caused by you

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  8. I don’t understand why you would have even rented it or actually moved in?! Call the city and they will get shut down as they needed to get a permit to have a legal basement suit.

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  9. Yes. Go to the health board. Get an inspector in there. Also if no walk through was done….you are entitled to all your damage deposit. Sound like a broken record here but you have rights! Even though you moved you can still report it to the health board. I’ve done it before…..all repairs must be up to code within 48 hours I think it is. Could have changed by now. Who knows…..maybe they will condemn the house. 😉

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  10. Joanne Hall Joanne Hall says:

    Call 311 & have bylaw inspect it.

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  11. you have to go through the landlord and tenant advisory board and they will help you

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  12. R says:

    You can contact the residential tenancy dispute service. 780 644 3000

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  13. Why the fuck would you move into a shithole anyways?? Especially with kids!!

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  14. It is an excellent rule of thumb before signing a lease on any living space where mold is a greater possibility to either study and learn how to pick up on the signs of mold (they can be hard to notice if you don’t have experience), or take someone with you that knows about it. Always, always do this before you sign a lease. I appreciate being reminded of this right as my eldest stepdaughter is looking to find a place of her own for the first time. Thank you, OP, from her dad and me. 🙂

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    • Cushla Inder Cushla Inder says:

      Do you have tenancy rights Donna? In NZ we have a department called tenancy services and if this girl submitted an application through she would have been awarded compensation for unhealthy living, unfinished maintenance and loss of enjoyment.
      Plus it’s illegal here to hold a bond back without the tenants authority/signature. Everything goes through the tenancy courts. (Tenants have more rights than the home owner).

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    • I don’t think there is anything that elaborate here.

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    • Cushla Inder Cushla Inder says:

      Cricky! Who do tenants have supporting them?

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  15. This is my post. For all the people trying to bash me for moving in in the first place, shit happens. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and I honestly thought they were going to fix it! It’s behind me now, and we’re in a better place. I just want to know my rights.

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  16. These are the picture I tried to attach

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  17. Call the health board…I had too a few years back due to mould…I’m severely allergic and they wouldn’t fix it! After we moved out of that place we moved into a house and after a month we had mushrooms growing on the baseboards! Landlord wouldn’t do anything so we moved out!

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  18. People stop asking her why she moved in! If you read the comments,”Desperate Times,Desperate Measures!!!! I hope you take this scum to the health board & you are deserving of your damage deposit.Hope you can get sum satisfaction & legal advice on this matter,wish I was a lawyer.Glad you found another decent place,wishing you good luck with everything:)Hugs to the children:)

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  19. There’s a free legal workshop on tenant rights at the downtown library on October 11 and November 8. Good luck! http://www.eclc.ca/programs-services/legal-education/?platform=hootsuite

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  20. Cali F. Cali F. says:

    You might be able to have the city look at it for health concerns, but since you never signed a lease you forfeited rights of a tenant. I’ve been to RTDRS and it’s not hard to win – the law is very much in the favour of the tenant, but unfortunately a lease is key. I’d pursue having them investigated on health and safety grounds or something similar. “illegal” suites are not actually illegal – they just can’t be rented with all the same rules as a legal dwelling. Check out some of the free legal resources around town for low income folks, take them all your paperwork and photos, they can tell you what to do better than randoms on Facebook. And good luck! I’m a landlord, hate hearing this stuff. I’m familiar with the house, too.

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  21. When you move in always take pictures. It also pays off to record your conversation. Again when you move out take pictures again. A landlord can not keep your deposit unless there is real damage.

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  22. Ed Bloom Ed Bloom says:

    It’s called a small electrical fire when you are away for a weekend. You get new stuff then.

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  23. That’s not true, it wouldn’t be considered a gift we just sued our old landlord and won through landlord and tenant because there was no lease no WRITTEN MOVE IN OR MOVE OUT REPORT, sue the fucker!!! Including for back rent because it wasn’t livable call the city and have it shut down!

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  24. Gilles Page Gilles Page says:

    You’re not going to get any money out of this as far as a lawsuit goes you got nothing you should have never moved in you knew it wasn’t good why did you stay

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  25. Judy Schultz Judy Schultz says:

    So glad you are in a better place, with honest caring landlords, that aren’t trying to take advantage of you and your family, like your last place.

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  26. Jordan Pearson sound familiar lol

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  27. Yen Lieu Yen Lieu says:

    If there was so much issue with the suite. Why did this person even moved into in the first place?

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