Evicted

I am beyond upset with the Residential Tenancy Branch. I was given a eviction notice and I disputed it. I had a hearing awhile back and my Landlord who owns 20 properties was treated way better than me. The Landlord never gave me his address and by the time I got it going through the proper channels it took forever and then I had to send it by Registered Mail and he wasn't there to receive it and picked it up 5 days later and by then my evidence was late. So they didn't hear my evidence at all because its late. Meanwhile he only provided texts and evidence in such a manner that it made me seem like I was crazy. He didn't do anything to fix like 10 items but only showed the evidence when he fixed things to make it seem like he was doing everything to help me. There was literally one instance when he was scheduled to fix things and I had to cancel and he used that to say I wouldn't provide him access to the suite. Then he shows receipts from Home Depot for a new exhaust fan, a new toilet, a new kitchen sink, etc to show he purchased the items but I wouldn't let him in the suite to fix them. I am trying to explain to them that he owns 20 properties so the receipts don't mean anything because they could be for the other properties but they didn't listen. He came in the summer when its like 35 degrees and I was wearing a sports bra and booty shorts and he has this text to me where he said I was dressed inappropriately. I can dress however I want in my place. He provided something like 100 pages of evidence that was dated, with page numbers, and a table of contents. He even had like a timeline of events. I just thought it would be more like a discussion instead of a full blown court case. I am just so upset and don't know what to do because he got an order of possession so I am evicted.

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Let the riots begin

Jan 26, 2024 at 9:41am

I am so sorry. What happened to you is deeply unjust and fucked up.

I believe you.

May karma come back to bite that money-grubbing landlord and the useless RTB enablers.

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Sorry to hear of your rental nightmare

Jan 26, 2024 at 9:43am

That is a good lesson to all of us to keep dated and photo documents of everything in these matters. There are also pro-bono lawyers and paralegals who will offer free advice earlier in the game to prevent that type of predatory behaviour.

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Well

Jan 26, 2024 at 1:35pm

It’s not social housing. It’s a private property where you had a business agreement, and it unfortunately ended. You’re not entitled to stay there forever. When you’re a renter, you will get pushed around like a leaf in the wind. It’s capitalism.

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Good

Jan 27, 2024 at 3:01pm

It's all about time RTB opened their eyes and supported the landlords. It's tenants like this that landlords hates renting to people and surprise, suprise, housing shortage.

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@well

Jan 29, 2024 at 2:57pm

I agree with you 100% about it not being Social Housing, but…even in a Capitalistic society there are rules to be abided by and it looks like the landlord wasn’t. The OP did not sound like he was “entitled” too, just wanted his basic civil rights… my opinion

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Not terribly surprising

Jan 29, 2024 at 5:19pm

Unfortunately the RTB is deeply flawed system. Many tenants don’t know how to properly navigate it, and as a result they don’t follow the exact procedures required in order to be treated fairly. It is not a court, but there are avenues for appeal. It may be too late in your case, but I strongly recommend that you pursue whatever you can. Although you’re evicted, you may still qualify for some compensation. This should be a warning to all tenants that it’s extremely important that they familiarize themselves with the residential tenancy act. The landlords have all the power because they own the property, so if you want to be able to protect yourself under the law, it’s up to you to arm yourself with knowledge.

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Maybe someday

Jan 29, 2024 at 8:54pm

I hope someday there'll be an end to people owning twenty rental homes, or any more than one rental home. Take what you can from the experience and better luck with your next rental. Document everything - your landlord has learned from previous experience, obviously.

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@Good

Jan 30, 2024 at 8:42am

Did you hear the story?!? I know Landlords have been horribly screwed around at times, and seem to have so little rights, but OP is talking about a landlord who lied about fixes, and was a negligent landlord. Don’t back him, back the poor dude who can’t evict his tenant who isn’t paying…but is staying

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John

Jan 31, 2024 at 8:01am

When you received the eviction notice you are told how many days you have to file. Missing the deadline is on you. Rules exist to protect both parties.

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