September 28th, 2012
Barrie Landlord Legal Issue
Be Careful Who You Hire to Manage Your Rental Property!
What’s Going On in Barrie, Ontario?
A Barrie, Ontario landlord wants to warn other landlords about the trials and tribulations they faced being a landlord and renting out a property there.
The Barrie Landlord starts off by saying they have a “huge” warning to potential Barrie landlords about potential Barrie tenants! Every landlord should read it.
What is Their Warning?
The landlords is on record stating “We have had a home in Barrie and paid taxes to the city of Barrie for over 18 years now.”
So Why Did they Become a Barrie Landlord?
They say: Last year our family returned out west to work. We hired a very large property management company in Barrie to rent out our home. The company said they were ‘Full service’ and would provide landlords ‘Peace of Mind’.
They Were Happy With the Property Management Company? They Did a Great Job?
According to the landlords: Regarding the promises…”This could not have been further from the truth.”
Who Did the Property Management Company Get to Rent their Property?
The tenants placed in our home had horrible credit, a record of past evictions in Barrie. They were even known to the Barrie police. She soon found out the only reference that this PM company did was a phone call to the tenants’ relative (aunt!)
What Happened When the Property Management Company Was Alerted to This?
When she contacted the company about the problems, the company gave her 30 days notice to discontinue the relationship. This left the landlords on the other side of the country to deal with it.
The landlords in BC began the eviction process.
What Occurred During the Legal Process?
The landlord says that when she asked why renters that have been evicted ‘multiple times’ should be allowed to go through the system on a continual basis and hurt other families, the government told her ‘It was private and confidential.’
Did Anyone Pay the Rent Owing?
The day before eviction, the County of Simcoe actually paid the tenants’ rent bill in full. This meant the tenants would not be evicted…for now.
These Tenants Were on Ontario Works (OW)
According to the landlord, Ontario Works funded these tenants, who are known to the police, who do not pay one penny in rent, do not pay any utilities (which, we have been told will be added to our taxes) and do not even mow their own lawn.
As of August, 2012 these tenants continue to live for free and the landlord is now going to have to go through the whole legal process yet again.
How Much Do the Barrie Tenants Owe Them?
The landlord has $8,000 in debts for legal fees.
She says her family is close to being ruined financially.
Has the Government Helped?
The government offices have offered no assistance to her family.
Local MPPs were not interested, and the city won’t help.
What About the Insurance Companies?
The landlord says it’s ironic insurance companies are now revoking policies to people who live out of province and have rental properties.
Will These Barrie, Ontario Landlords Rent Their Property Again?
She says her family will never rent out her house again. In fact, her family could lose their home because of becoming a landlord.
She asks: WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE SYSTEM IN ONTARIO? It’s the same question Darius Vakili asked after finally evicting serial bad tenant Nina Willis.
She says it’s unfair when government goes to those wh live dishonestly and are rewarded for their deeds year after year.
Who is the Landlord?
Mary-Jane Fogel, now of Duncan, British Columbia.
To read the original newspaper story go to the Barrie Examiner.
To discuss this story, go to the Ontario Landlord Forum.
Barrie Landlords, be warned by Mary-Jane Fogel’s story. Make sure you choose the right property management company and make sure you know what Ontario Landlords face.