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In my 25 years of renting apartments in Canada, I’ve never had this trick pulled on me.
We found this lovely place last March.
When we signed the lease, the landlady had pre-ticked the box that said we would vacate after our one-year term.
We said “oh no, we’re looking for a place to live long term. We’d like to go month-to-month after that.”
She said she would negotiate a new lease with us next year and that this is how she does things.
We very soon found out why…
Later that spring, I asked her if I could put in a garden and she said I could put pots on the conrete and slabs where I have put pots.
After I invested $500, and the garden was in full bloom, she said I had to redue to 2 pots – one each slab.
We refused and stood up for ourselves, as the garden gave us and all of our neighbours great pleasure and no problem.
She backed down at the time, but now refuses to negotiate a new lease with us.
We paid our rent on time every single month. PLUS we asked permission for our garden first, and she said yes!
We arent going to bother going to the rental tenancy board.
Shorly after moving in, we watched her do this to a young professional couple who were 8 months pregnant at the time, and the adjudicator at their hearing said “you shouldn’t have signed the lease with the vacate box ticket – I can’t help you.”
And watch, this woman won’t sign a lease with you any other way.
She wants absolute control and she escalates all situations to anger and tells you to move if you don’t like it.
Lovely home. Horrible landlady.
AND DON’T SIGN HER LEASE IF YOU WANT TO STAY LONGER THAN A YEAR.
She’s a master at using this trick to legally force tenants out.
[The above care of ‘Aldus Huxtable’, via e-mail, who adds “Spotted whilst out on a walk, one for the archives? An evolved by-product of amateur landlords? Perhaps we will see a lot of speculators resort to odd maneuvers to make the increasing mortgage payments if rates were to increase. Who knows what this landlord’s motives were, but, in a city where renting is propping up the market….”. (Thanks, Aldus. -ed.)]