Tuesday, June 3, 2014

How the misguided Canadian "privacy legislation" laws work for the benefit of dishonest renters and against small business owners, the landlords

Below is the story of just one tenant among thousands others like her. Such degenerates can rent without paying for months on end and when forced out they go looking for other victims.  And, deplorably, our government is always on the side of such vermin.
You gotta ask: Why is the Canadian govt. discouraging small business (landlords) and encouraging renters to commit fraud?  I personally know of two landlords from my circle of friends who gave up their small business of renting out condos, because of such renters.

Something is definitely wrong with the way our lords and masters in the government do their thinking.
The culprits responsible in Ontario for these twisted rules which go against small business owners, who in many cases are being fleeced by tenants, are none other than the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC).

Emily Mathieu writing at TheTorontoStar:
.....Nina Willis is facing eviction, again. The Toronto tenant, who has a long history of failing to pay her rent and dragging her landlords to court, has been ordered to leave the two-storey Scarborough area property she has rented for more than a year.

As with each of her previous evictions — this case is the seventh the Star has documented dating back to 2005 — privacy legislation means her tactics and rental history will be kept secret from current or prospective landlords.

Willis is appealing a January 2014 ruling from the provincially funded Landlord and Tenant Board, instructing her to clear out for failing to pay her full rent, or pay on time. The board ordered her to leave by March. Because she appealed, as she has done in each previous case, her eviction is put on hold pending the outcome of the hearing.
Willis did not respond to emails asking for comment, or a letter left at the rental property. Her landlord, through his real estate agent, declined to comment.

In 2012, the Star reported that Willis has been ordered out of at least six houses since 2005, according to tribunal and court documents obtained by the Star, as well as interviews with landlords, lawyers and paralegals.

Board hearings are open to the public, but unlike cases before the courts, the record of a tenant’s appearances cannot be accessed, and the tribunal won’t comment on, or release information about, a tenant’s history. Provincial privacy legislation means the board has the option simply to confirm or deny if records exist, if those records contain information that could be considered an unjustified invasion of personal privacy.

Prior to 2003, rental information was released for a fee. But that stopped, in part, after broad requests for files were rejected and then appealed before the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC).............

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