Sol Saves a Landlord Client
Mary, a previous tenant who became a landlady herself, had a trouble tenant living in her basement. He seemed like a nice and respectable man, except that he didn’t like paying rent.
Mary had already taken her tenant to the Landlord and Tenant Board twice and the tenant was still 3 months behind in the rent. Mary called me for some advice. We met at a Tim Horton’s the next day and she told me about her tenant’s tricks and abuse. Mary was a good tenant of mine so I was compelled to ask her to let me take over her mess.
Mary was a good tenant so I was compelled to ask her to let me take over her mess.
On Mary’s behalf, I immediately served the tenant with a notice to end tenancy due to non-payment of almost $3,000 in rent. It looked like he realized things were getting serious so he said he will pay me in a couple of days. I contacted him 2 days later and he said he mailed me a bank draft for $2,800. He faxed me a copy of the bank draft so I decided to wait a couple more days for it to arrive in the mail. It didn’t arrive.
Later, I filed for a hearing and waited for the hearing day to come. While I waited, I did some investigating. The day of the hearing arrived and I was feeling confident. I was sure that the tenant would show up and defend himself and, very likely, win another couple of months of free rent (I’m not saying that the Landlord and Tenant Board is extremely biased towards tenants, but who am I kidding?).
While sitting in the hearing room waiting for the tribunal to commence, I struck up a conversation with the tenant. I let it slip out that it was going to be a busy day for me and that after the hearing, I was going downtown to have some criminal charges filed. I remember him saying “That’s exciting” and my reply “Not for you, it isn’t!”.
I let it slip out I was going downtown to have criminal charges filed. I remember him saying “That’s exciting” and my reply “Not for you, it isn’t!
I explained that I made a trip to the bank branch where he got the money order from. I spoke with 3 tellers before one remembered him coming in to get a bank draft only to return about 15 minutes later to cash in the same bank draft. She gave me a copy of the cancelled draft and the branch manager agreed to write me a letter explaining what had occurred.
I told the tenant exactly what will happen: He will likely win the hearing that morning, then he will later face criminal charges. I went further and said that if there’s even a warrant out for him, he’s toast because they will know where he lives.
He had a look of surprise in his face and asked what I wanted. To my surprise, he had the $3,000 in his pocket which ended up in my pocket. He also agreed to move out by Friday. All this and the hearing hadn’t even begun. I advised the hearing clerk that the matter was settled.
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