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We have all heard the expression
“My landlord is a slum lord. What makes a landlord a slum lord ?
Wikipedia free encyclopedia defines it as :A slumlord (or slum landlord) is a derogatory term for a landlord, generally an absentee landlord with more than one property, who attempts to maximize profit by minimizing spending on property maintenance, often in deteriorating neighborhoods. They may need to charge lower than market rent to tenants. Severe housing shortages allow slumlords to charge higher rents.
As many of these neighborhoods are often populated by poor minorities, the term “ghetto landlord” has also been used. A “retail slumlord” is one who keeps a shopping mall in a bad shape until the government buys or confiscates it.
The phrase slumlord first appeared in 1953, though the term slum landlord dates to 1893. ~ wikipedia
If you have landlords that do not follow the municipal building codes, City by laws or the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 there are things you can do about it. We are not talking about minor paint chips but more extreme living conditions like broken windows, heat or hot water unavailable to more extreme conditions.
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia defines Landlord Harassment as :
“Landlord harassment is the willing creation, by a landlord or his agents, of conditions that are uncomfortable for one or more tenants in order to induce willing abandonment of a rental contract. Such a strategy is often sought because it avoids costly legal expenses and potential problems with eviction. This kind of activity is common in regions where rent control laws exist, but which do not allow the direct extension of rent-controlled prices from one tenancy to the subsequent tenancy, thus allowing landlords to set higher prices. Landlord harassment carries specific legal penalties in some jurisdictions, but enforcement can be very difficult or even impossible in many circumstances. However, when a crime is committed in the process and motives similar to those described above are subsequently proven in court, then those motives may be considered an aggravating factor in many jurisdictions, thus subjecting the offender(s) to a stiffer sentence.” ~ Wikipedia
** There is always the chance the landlord retaliates when he is forced to comply.
- use landlords complaints procedure if one in place
- tell landlord in person to resolve if possible
- write a complaint letter – keep a dated copy
- complain to MP or local councilor
- complain to the relevant city agency (by-law office, health or department of housing)
- landlord & tenant board tribunal