(Closed) I fell down and hurt my bum…and its my landlords fault.

posted 7 years ago in Home
Post # 3
2493 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@mrsjustinm2b: As a bee from ontario who has had similar maintenece issues, it wasn’t worth my time. My apartment flooded and the floors (laminate) had to be ripped out. I knew things happened, nothing was destroyed and the landlords said the floors would be fixed within th emonth (mind you, I was living on bare concrete floors in a basement at this point). FOUR MONTHS LATER I moved out because they still hadn’t fixed them and refused to for some reason or another.

What did I learn? Everything goes through the landlord courts which take years to settle. In the end, I would have had to take time off work (likely a few dates), see them again, hear about every little nail hole I had left in the wall and, if I was lucky and could prove my case without a doubt that they had spent an unreasonable amount of time allowing me to live in the squalor, I would have been reimursed 1/2 my rent for 3 months– or $950. Oh, and since I knew I would be moving across the province within 12 months, I would have to pay for all the plane tickets to return to go to court!

In the end, I gave up.

Before I would hire a lawyer to talk abou tmy case, I would read a site that deals with the landlord/tenancy acts in BC. There was a great one in Ontario that explained the basics of how everything worked, what you may or may not get in return and whether or not you would require a lawyer. It helped me (as did my uncle who is a lawyer) realize that in Canada, it generally isn’t worth your time or money to take someone to court.

Post # 4
10603 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Is there a bylaw in the city that you live in?  Many Canadian cities have them, but they vary how long people have to shovel their walks.  A phone call to the bylaw office might be a good place to start.

You probably won’t get much if you do seek any legal action.  Any treatment (like your chiro appts) would be covered, but I know sometimes you have to exhaust your insurance company first, so there’s a good chance that they only money you’ll get is what you would be out of pocket.

I’m not a lawyer or anything, just providing you the little bit I know.

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