July 1st, 2012
What’s the Latest on Nina Willis, the Ontario “Tenant from Hell”?
Our 2012 “Tenant from Hell” Nina wills was told by judge Thea Herman in June to pay her landlord the rent owed. Read more here.
How Much Was the Rent Owed?
Willis was ordered to pay her current landlord a sum of $8,250 by money order or by certified cheque.
That’s A Lot of Money! Did She Finally Pay?
Despite her history of evictions and long list of bounced checks, Willis followed the Superior Court judge’s order and actually paid almost all of the owed money to avoid an eviction.
Well, where else would she move to? Her face was on the Toronto Star and landlords all over Toronto have come to know her, and to avoid her.
What Would Have Happened if Willis Didn’t Pay?
There was some real motivation for Willis. If she didn’t meet the judge’s ordered deadline her appeal of an order by the Landlord and Tenant Board to evict her would be void.
The board ruled that Willis must leave because she failed to pay rent. Willis, 48, alleges in court documents she was ordered out because of a “factual error” at the hearing and because she didn’t have an “opportunity to participate.”
Herman had said there was “no dispute” that Willis hadn’t paid rent, but it wasn’t clear if her appeal was “utterly devoid of merit.” In addition to paying the $8,250,
What About Future Rent? (Today is the First of the Month!)
Willis was told she must pay $1,650 to her landlord at the first of each month.
If she doesn’t pay the rest of what she owes on Monday, or pay her rent on time each month, the landlord’s lawyer could take action to have her appeal defeated, lifting the stay on her eviction.
Did Willis Say Anything?
In front of the just Willis promised to follow the order.
Willis said “I do want to pay. I have to pay because that has nothing to do with my case.”
What Happens Now?
Willis has been fighting off various eviction orders for seven months now. Her usual excuse is claiming the rental property is is deficient for health and even safety standards.
For the landlord, this is another defeat. He states that he originally planned to present the property to his daughter. Now that Willis has paid up to this point, he can’t do it.
What’s the Lesson From All This?
The lesson is being a landlord in Ontario is a dangerous game. It can end up costing you thousands of dollars and months of stress.
Any Advice for Landlords to Avoid Hellish Tenants like Willis?
Yes. Tenant Screening. OLA members are offered credit checks for only $10. Become an OLA member, read posts in the private members forum, use property documents, screen carefully, and do credit checks!
As a member of the Ontario Landlords Association you can avoid these Tenants from Hell and rent to good tenants!
OLA members can do credit checks for only $10. Isn’t that worth saving yourself from a Tenant from Hell costing you thousands?