Calgary Landlord Asks For More Power To Evict Tenants

Jennifer Leeming has worked all her life to create a beautiful home. The tenants she rented to last November did not even need a year to ransack her property in Calgary.

From the door of the Marlborough Park neighborhood, it’s hard to see the “bright and spacious” home she rented out last November to a young couple with four children.

Cigarette butts littered the hardwood floors, garbage bags filled the solarium, holes in the walls, and human waste scattered in the bathrooms.

The bathroom was dirty, with the toilet empty and a hole in the wall. Photo: CBC / Colleen Underwood
The bathroom was dirty, with the toilet empty and a hole in the wall. Photo: CBC / Colleen Underwood

“Everything you can undergo, we have had to endure it here,” says Leeming.

It’s appalling. It took me a few weeks to realize the extent of the damage done to my house and realize what we were dealing with.

Jennifer Leeming, Owner

Her tenants ripped off the central stair ramp, burned holes in the carpets in the basement, destroyed the windows and left their furniture behind when they eventually left. According to Ms. Leeming, the couple also rented rooms from the house on Airbnb.

The Venetian blind, torn off and resting on a piece of furniture destroyed with, in the background, a soiled mirror. Photo: CBC / Colleen Underwood
The Venetian blind, torn off and resting on a piece of furniture destroyed with, in the background, a soiled mirror. Photo: CBC / Colleen Underwood

It’s appalling. It took me a few weeks to realize the extent of the damage done to my house and realize what we were
dealing with.

Jennifer Leeming, Owner

Leaning against the door, a barrier to prevent a baby from falling down the stairs indicates that the family raised infants in this unhealthy house.

The main stair ramp was ripped off by the tenants. Photo: CBC / Colleen Underwood
In the midst of the damage and dirt, a lunchbox and scattered toys reminded Mrs. Leeming of the friendly family she had greeted in December when she was unable to pay her second month rent.

[The tenants] quickly told me that the times were tough for them. We did not want to add to their misfortune.

Jennifer Leeming, Owner

“I chose not to oust them and collaborate with them,” says Leeming. They told me that they were losing their jobs for the third time and were getting ready to ask for help from social agencies. ”

The rent, on the other hand, did not come.

Mrs. Leeming, a single mother, has a 12-year-old son, called the agencies that her tenants said approached. She then discovered that the history of the family was doubtful.

In March, it was too much for Mrs. Leeming. She decided to give the family two weeks’ notice of eviction. As she went to give it to her, she saw the broken windows, a torn door, the locks changed and no effort to pay the rent.

She returned with a 24-hour eviction notice in her hand.

The mother told me that she would not move as long as the court would not force her to do so.

Jennifer Leeming, Owner

The owner went to the Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service (RTDRS), an alternative to the court, to obtain the necessary papers.

She had to wait another two weeks before getting them.

“Meanwhile, the family is still doing business on Airbnb, they still get people in my home, and they’ve moved toSaskatchewan,” said Ms. Leeming.

Throughout the proceedings, our situation worsened, far beyond what we thought possible at the beginning.

Jennifer Leeming, Owner

Calgary lawyer Allie Laurent concedes that the process of evicting a tenant can be long and grueling.

“First,” she said, “the 24-hour eviction notice does not work unless the tenant is easily frightened. ”

“If he is not afraid, he will not do anything, and the landlord finds himself in a situation where he has to ask for eviction. That’s when the flaws in the system become apparent, “says Laurent.

” It is so unfair ”

Jennifer Leeming does not know how much the repairs will cost to put her house in order. What she knows, however, is that she will not be able to pay for them.

Her insurance policy does not cover the acts of vandalism of the tenants.

For the rest, its deductible is $5,000.

She thought of selling the property, but her real estate agent confessed to her that she should lower her price by $ 85,000.

It is so unfair. I have worked all my life to give my family and my child a future, and now people are disembarking and destroying everything I have built.

Jennifer Leeming, Owner

An Alberta Service spokesperson says that on average it takes 10 days for the RTDRS to complete the eviction process.

Since its inception in 2006, the RTDRS has responded to 80,000 eviction requests.

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About the Author: James Brittain

Joe Mollen s is the lead editor for Quebec Daily Examiner. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.) from the School of Public Health, Department of Health Administration, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. John specializes in environmental health, but writes on a variety of issues.

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