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Re: “A Caribbean Twist of fate

They still owe us rent for a house they rented from us. Not honourable people.

Posted by PadPicker on 02/15/2018 at 11:46 AM

Re: “A nightmare of evocation as Halifax falls to the wrecking ball

Why are empty spaces considered "dead zones"? Why do people feel when there is not a building on an empty lot it is dead? Humans do not embody or evoke life more than any other creature. Empty lots are full of life, plant life and many other organisms. The communities and cities need more empty spaces. The almighty dollar and greed should not drive our communities.

A smart, scientific and common sense approach should be utilized to fashion a city into a peaceful, beautiful place where serenity is nurtured, mental health embraced, and symbiotically living entwined with a natural habitat that makes us imaginative and live a fulfilling existence instead of factory droids with the sole purpose of existing for the creation of wealth for quiet, thoughtless, selfish controllers. The rich owners of industry are overcome with greed and do not see the harm they do.

No city retains its character while pushing to meet the economic needs of the greedy. The councils and politicians are pushing for growth. Not healthy growth, but the exact opposite. Overpopulating and over-developing until the cash registers ring and the bottomless pit of free market capitalism is satiated, which is never until all is destroyed and our cities are empty. The devastating manifestation that will result will not resemble anything that existed 100 years ago.

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Posted by PadPicker on 08/19/2017 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Good luck getting that damage deposit back

NB's system of RentalsMan handling sec deposits must be an EXPENSIVE means of policing the system. More gov't bureaucracy to handle a simple process. 10 days is not even enough time for a landlord during the summer months to complete all the work and determine the exact cost. Obtaining 3 quotes and scheduling the work with a good contractor can often take longer than 10 days. Landlords should have 1 month to return the sec dep. This would cut down on problems and seem more fair. If tenants were well-behaved, pleasant, and maintained a positive relationship with their landlord, they might get it back much faster. People/tenants too often feel the world owes them. This sense of entitlement is not healthy for any relationship.

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Posted by PadPicker on 07/18/2017 at 11:59 AM

Re: “Good luck getting that damage deposit back

In general, it is a lot easier to collect money from a landlord than it is from a tenant. Landlords typically own their home and don't move as much plus their employment is more likely to be at one location longer. Tenants are much more apt to change their place of residence and employment since the demographics are younger and have more entry-level positions. Landlord that are homeowners are much easy to find than tenants. There is no central registry for finding tenants like there is for property owners.

Some landlords give the rest of us a bad name, but most are good. There are a much higher percentage of bad tenants out their thanks to people like Meagan Deveaux and Dalhousie Legal Aid. Dal Legal Aid has published a book online that advises tenants how to not honour their lease in good faith and screw their landlord. It breaches good ethics through bad legal advice, shows no empathy or compassion, and fosters a negative experience for everyone involved in the rental industry. Shame on Dalhousie for allowing it to continue.

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Posted by PadPicker on 07/18/2017 at 11:33 AM

Re: “No political will to fix Nova Scotia‚Äôs inadequate tenancy laws

I am a Green Party supporter both emotionally and financially. I also believe capitalism should not be permitted to run amok as it has for the last few centuries. More socialist methods and ideals need to permeate our society including housing. I have been a tenant for 15 years and a landlord/property manager for over 20. I disagree vehemently with the view of the author of this article, Ms Deveaux, and Stephen Chafe. Landlords have an equally hard time with the current Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) as tenants. Landlords lose a lot of money from damage to their units which is unrecoverable. A half month's security deposit is not enough to cover the damage a lot of the time.

While there are slum landlords, there are equally as many slum tenants if not more. Tenants seldom admit to damages and usually leave a unit much dirtier than they received it. The RTA is "interpreted" by the Residential Tenancies Officers (RTO) and it is often a twisted interpretation. Take the meaning of clean, RTB says a tenant is only required to maintain the unit with "ordinary cleanliness". It doesn't matter if it was given to the tenant in spotlessly clean condition. Tenant is not required to clean it to the same standard. Clean is clean. I am certain dictionaries and common sense would say that it is either clean or it isn't. I believe the definition to a logical person would be that it is dirty if there is dirt or staining visible to the naked eye up close, within 3 feet. Not standing up 10-20 feet away and taking a poor quality picture. RTO often reduce the cleaning bill charged by a cleaner in half simply because they feel $25/hour is too much to pay a professional cleaner. I would like to know how much a RTO earns and how they think a person can make a living on $12.50 per hour. A Living Wage is $20/hour. That is just barely enough to get by on in today's economic climate. $25/hr is perfectly reasonable for a cleaner to charge considering all the aspects of self-employment.

Often landlords need to replace items that were damaged such as fixtures, counters, hardwood floors, carpet, etc. How do you charge tenants for damages that don't necessitate replacement, however shorten their expected life? A landlord has to present receipts to show an expense in order to make a deduction from a tenant's security deposit. This means landlords are forced to replace items that don't need to be replaced other than to ensure the tenant pays for what they damaged. The problem is that the item may have had its life shortened by 25% damage and only had 20% of its life used up (ie. 4 yrs of 20 yr life expectancy). Tenant would end up paying 80% of the cost of replacement instead of 25%. This makes the landlord look bad to the tenant, but they are only following the rules.

The RTA needs to be overhauled, BUT it requires input from tenants, landlords, AND most importantly RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES OFFICERS. When the NDP made changes to the RTA in 2012 they did not even consult with the RTO. I don't believe RTO have ever been consulted for improving the RTA. RTO are the ones who oversee disputes between tenants and landlords every day. Who better to help devise a better Act? .

Landlords and tenants are both forced to work within a broken system that has seen little good change since the RTA was created. Changes should not be made by politicians to simply please the majority and obtain more votes. The changes need to be fair for both parties so there is less disputes, less disgruntled people, and enough quality rental housing to ensure no one is homeless.

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Posted by PadPicker on 11/15/2016 at 2:09 PM

Re: “Navigating the slow labyrinth of tenancy disputes

This article is way too tenant-sided. How about the landlord's point of view? How about the fact Kazmi entered a verbal month to month contract with the deposit, assuming he received a copy of the Residential Tenancies Act and established the terms of the lease. What about the handshake, does that not mean anything to Kazmi? He even waited until "4 days into the month", so I assume the lease had started. What Kazmi does not realize is that he should have been held responsible for another half a month's rent for the 1st month and if the unit was not re-rented by the next month he could have had to pay for that too. Notice to end the lease would be 1 full month's notice and if this was provided 4 days into the lease, it would not have been effective until the last day of the 2nd month. How about the work the landlord has to do in looking for a new tenant? It is not a simple process. By only keeping the security deposit, the landlord was doing the tenant a favour. It is more than fair.

As far as making the process easier for tenants, they need to consider making it easier for landlords as well. Not all landlords are large, rich corporations. Many own 1 condo or home and often the only reason they are renting it, is because they have moved away temporarily. Serving landlords is usually not an issue, however serving tenants usually is. They are more transient moving from rental to rental. Landlords living out of the country should have a property manager. A mailing address is required to be provided by landlords.

The Residential Tenancies Act and the Board require a complete overhaul. There are ways it could be more fair for both tenants and landlords. The biggest problem Residential Tenancies faces right now is that the rules and regulations are grey and open to the interpretation of the Tenancies Board/Officers. Some of those interpretations are reasonable, however many are not.

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Posted by PadPicker on 04/14/2016 at 1:11 PM

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