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Saturday, August 3, 2019

Down with slumlords

Posted By on Sat, Aug 3, 2019 at 3:59 PM

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I'd like to chirp in with my two cents on this housing crisis we're experiencing in HRM. I am also looking for an apartment to rent. I found a two-bedroom in Woodside listed for a reasonable price and went to look at it the other day. When I arrived, I walked up a few flights of rotting, rickety wooden stairs (with holes in the boards) that seemed about to collapse. When I got to the top vacant flat and met the landlord, he pointed out a few broken windows that had been boarded up with plywood. He said, "These windows are old, so it can get chilly here in the winter." No kidding! And no mention of fixing the windows.

I ask if the heat/hot water is included. "No it's not, and it's electric heat so it can get pricey."

You walk into the apartment and you're hit with a smell of mold and dampness. The wood floors have white paint splattered ALL over it. The apartment has a tiny living room and kitchen all in one area, and it looks filthy and disgusting and run down. The two tiny bedrooms are painted god-awful colors, one is bright fuscia pink the other is bright smurf blue. Again, no mention of planning to clean the place or repaint before the next tenant. I felt like asking this guy, "Are you serious, bro?"

This place would probably end up costing well over $1,000 bucks when you factor in all the electric heat you will be paying to heat the outdoors with all these broken boarded-up windows. I should have confronted the landlord for trying to scam people into renting this squalid property that isn't fit for any human being. What a waste of my time! No wonder there were no photos on the ad. This property needs to be condemned! It looked like a squatter's house or a trap house. I got such bad vibes there. It's not even fit to squat in. In fact, I wouldn't sleep a night in that place if YOU paid ME!

If anything is going to change, we need to do our part. I think I am going to give the tenancy board a call and give them a heads up about the kind of slumlords they allow to operate in HRM. I too have had enough!
—Shut Er Down
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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Desperately seeking a proper rental market...

Posted on Thu, Aug 11, 2016 at 4:00 AM

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It has become unbelievably impossible to find housing in and around HRM. Let me rephrase that...it's becoming impossible to find reasonably priced housing that isn't catered to students.
I'm astounded at the expectations of landlords these days, you honestly want $1,700 for a townhouse that doesn't even have a yard? You cant slap on a little crown moulding and call it Versailles, Halifax. Smarten up. Working full-time and affording to live anywhere these days seems to be impossible, especially when you have animals! Charging western Canada prices with a shit economy, and shittier minimum wage is ridiculous. No wonder people keep leaving this province, they have nowhere to live! —Homeless in Halifax
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