- The landlord was requested to pay $3,744 in damages and compensation.
- The tenant and her 10-year-old kid have stayed at 186 Fox St. in Lunenburg, N.S., for six years.
A small claims court in Bridgewater, N.S., has granted a tenant $3,744.02 in damages and compensation after her landlord cut off water and started destruction work while she was still staying in a two-bedroom unit in the building.
Other renters had already left the four-unit facility.
CBC is not naming the lessee to guard the privacy of her 10-year-old daughter. The renter’s lawyer said her client was happy with the outcome.
“She is good; I think she was eased,” Tammy Wohler, a managing attorney at the social justice office of Nova Scotia Legal Aid, told CBC after court finished. “She thinks the message ought to be out there to owners.”
In his judgment Wednesday evening at the Bridgewater Justice Centre, adjudicator Brent Silver told the owner, Colin Edwards, that he violated the rules while the renter followed them.
“She tried to get you back off, and the electricity was turned off. I have no choice but to make an order saying you failed to give proper notice to oust. You have broken the processes. The resident is allowed to damages,” Silver said.
The renter had already gone to the residential tenancy board and successfully got an order staying the notice to vacate the building on Fox Street. The tenancy officer’s judgment was released on March 31, 2022 — the day before her water was cut off.
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Edwards, the owner, said he wasn’t conscious of the order and thought the renter had already left for good the day he cut off the water. Months earlier, he had written multiple emails to all the tenants in the building, informing them to make other living arrangements because demolition work would soon start.
Source – cbc.ca