Midday last Friday I got a text from one of my best friends saying, “I need a generator, either to buy or borrow”.
I replied,”What’s up?”
Her reply was, “My landlord wanted to find out what its like the have the renter from hell.”
What had/has happened is she has rented this house for 2 years, she pays a heavy price for it, almost $1200 a month and it is only a 2 bedroom old house, its drafty and well its old! She doesn’t have a yard to speak of because the landlord has it planted with trees and the workers often arrive in the early morning to work so she is inconvenienced in that way also.
She has a rental agreement that says nothing about her having to pay for her own hydro and she has never received a bill for hydro. She assumed hydro was covered in the rent. For two years she has paid her rent on time and there has never been mention of paying the hydro. She recalls one time he said the hydro bill was high and she gave him $50 and he seemed happy.
So last Friday a hydro truck pulls in her driveway and they turn off her hydro, just like that, no warning from them or the landlord. She asked them what they were doing and they told her the landlord had requested they turn off the hydro.
We are talking winter, single woman, drafty house here. She calls the landlord and he wants $600 before he will have the power put back on, still no bill or anything. She calls hydro to get it put in her name and they won’t do it unless she has a rental agreement saying she is to pay the hydro, which she doesn’t have. That’s the whole problem!
I didn’t have a generator but I was able to get a 1/2 a deck load of wood from the sawdust place where I dispose of pallets for nothing. See there are nice people in the world.
I go over there with candles, wood and some supper for her and she is still looking for a generator. The house is freezing but once she gets a fire built it warms up fast. But she has no water because she is on a well and needs electricity to run the pump.
She did get a generator but after 2 days she couldn’t handle living in darkness. She was understandably nervous in that old house with no lights. She is in the financial position she can afford a hotel and that is where she is now.
She has called the Residential Tenancy Board and their hands are tied. They said, “He can’t do that!” Well lady he did. And now he is gone to sunny California for two weeks. My girlfriend can’t afford a hotel for much longer, all her food in her fridge and freezer has gone rotten, and the soonest she can get a hearing date is December 20th. (The day before the world is supposed to end btw)
I want to know what would happen if it was a person who couldn’t afford a hotel? How on earth does this guy think he is in the right to do something like this? I am sure that when they have the hearing she will be reimbursed for all her losses, or she had better be!! She should get compensation for being inconvenienced also.
If it was me I would have to just freeze until Dec 20th. As would a lot of other people.
I Can not believe some people’s total disregard for another person’s safety, and well being and total disregard for common decency or rental rules and regulations.
He can’t do that; well he just did and got away with it.