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A warning to people looking at rental houses. I just moved out of a house after living there for 1 year. Before we could even move in, I spent 3 days cleaning it because they didn’t and it was nasty. (That should’ve been my warning to leave.)

In the first few days we were there, we noticed that all the downstairs window sills were rotten & moldy. The landlord came and dealt with it (kind of) then within less that a week, it rained and our basement flooded. They came and dug up next to the house and said they fixed the problem. It wasn’t in the spot the actual leak was though. Although it stopped some of it, we then had water coming in from another spot which continued for months. Once winter rolled around, the basement windows got about an inch of ice on the insides, causing the sills to all rot and go moldy again. Nothing was done to correct this.

After being there for probably 4-5 months, the humidifer part of the furnace began leaking and soaked the carpet. They came in & fixed the furnace, but just put up a regular household fan to dry the carpet (I assume there’s all kinds of mold and disgusting growing under it by now). On another inter day, I went to bath my son, only to find the water wouldn’t turn on in the bathroom because the pipe was frozen. Turns out , there was zero insulation in the wall. They cam and sprayed some form into the hole where the faucet attaches. Then about 2 months ago, the sewer backed up into the laundry room as well as the downstairs shower. I called and the landlord told me to call the city to come out. They also assured me they would have someone come clean up the mess it caused. The city came out that night and put a camera down the pipes. They said that the pipes were collapsing and need replaced. They were able to clear the clog but said it’s only a matter of time before it happens again if not replaced.That same night, water started gushing in from the foundation again and the main drainage pipe downstairs also started leaking. We had 3 floods happening simultaneously.

That did it for us. We gave our notice and said that we had enough and were moving. We were out by the 30th. They never did send anyone to clean up the sewer backup mess either. Now they are trying to keep our deposit because we didn’t clean up the shower where the sewer backed up & saying that we have to pay to paint the interior of the house. I have spoken with the landlord & tenant act and they are required by law to return our deposit to us. They never provided us with a copy of the move in inspection, they also never brought a copy of it with them when we did the move out inspection and we did a walk through but never completed anything in writing. .. I have told them that I am aware of our rights and will be fighting this if I need to. Waiting to hear back now. If you want the address to the dump, let me know and I will message it to you.

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  1. Is your Landlord Francis Chan?

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  2. Or last name Wang?

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  3. You should provide the address of the house and the name of the landlord. Since cellphones are very common now, take lots of pictures moving in and out, then send them to your email as back up.

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  4. Amanda Nic Amanda Nic says:

    Or nathanchang

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  5. I didn’t know boardwalk rented houses lol

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  6. Julia Bryce Julia Bryce says:

    make sure you go file a claim at the RTDRS (Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution ??) It is in City Centre Mall. They will give you the forms and explain everything. I believe it is $75.00 to file, but ensure in your claim that you ask for this back if/should you win. You will need your landlords address to serve him/her. Also, bring as much paperwork, pictures, etc. as possible.

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  7. Wangchangchan? Lol jk I feel your pain. Slum lords are the parasite of this city!

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  8. Susan Csapo Susan Csapo says:

    Michael will help you. Knows his stuff..

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  9. Rick Murch Rick Murch says:

    Simple solution is not rent or move. I can (a little) also empathize with the landlord.. who it looks like has about $200,000 worth of repairs to do on a rental property that likely pulls in $700 per month (Just think, without him having any bills… it will take 25 years of every penny going into the house to pay for those repairs. And the place wouldn’t be worth a dime more than he likely paid for it. Sucks to be you… but sucks to be him too…

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    • Don’t feel bad for the landlord… Sounds like a terrible investment property and he didn’t do his homework or dudilligence on the place

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    • Rick Murch Rick Murch says:

      Chantelle Beasley I feel as bad for the landlord as I do for the tenant though. They both didn’t do their due diligence… The landlord likely has more invested too.. so he gets points for being dumber.

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    • very often though, landlords (particularly ones who are “privately” renting, i.e., not a big company like boardwalk, etc. never do regular maintenance on their properly. Tennants should not be expected to pay for furnace/vent cleaning and repair or repairs and maintenance for windows, doors, appliances that come as part of the rental, plumbing, electrical, and so forth. However, many times they do, because the landlord/owner won’t do it, or gets a sub-par/sub-code fix done and the problem never goes away. Saying don’t rent, or just move is not always a viable option for a lot of people, and the housing market is painfully overvalued. the Landlord/tennant board tends to favour the landlord, so that’s sometimes not an option either.

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    • Rye Weskey Rye Weskey says:

      If you don’t want to get cut, don’t play with a sharp knife. Being a responsible landlord requires a lot of responsibilities, every idiot in the world thinks they can renovate their house, rent it out and just sit back and let the money pile in. Doesn’t work like that, if you think that is how to be a landlord, don’t become one.

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  10. Was this a private landlord or a company??

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  11. Renters insurance comes in handy…

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  12. Jody Mitoma says:

    Or Charlie Chan? Or Jackie Chan? Or Han Solo? Or 80’s cooking show host Stephen Yan? Or Peter Pan? Or Peter Hill? Or Henry Hill? Or Henry Cavill? Or Ben Affleck? Or the Afflack Duck? Or Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn? Or Dan Aykroyd? Or the ghost of Harold Ramis? Or James L. Brooks? Are you sure it isn’t Jackie Chan? I’m pretty sure it’s Jackie Chan. Drunken Master was pretty good.

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  13. Debbs Debb Debbs Debb says:

    If you don’t have a copy of the move in inspection.. (they need to provide it to you.) they have nothing to hold you too because there is no proof of the condition when you first moved in

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  14. is it cornerstone management?

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  15. Nadine Kostek says:

    Give Mike a call he can help! Tenant Defence Services Inc.
    780-298-8237

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