Hey, landlords: The Grid wants to hear about the tenants who still keep you up at night.
Landlords have always made for good villains, but that might just be because we don’t hear quite as often about bad tenants—the kinds who simply stop paying rent and end up $25,000 in arrears, whose crack-smoking leaves their upstairs-neighbour homeowners plotting out an escape route for themselves and their pets in case of fire, who plop a pile of poo at the top of a staircase when they finally do move out, and who game the system so that they can stay for months longer than they really ought to be able to. (No, really.)
Yes, as The Grid’s cover story this week makes clear, it’s awfully hard to get rid of bad tenants, thanks to the Residential Tenancies Act and the Ontario Landlord Tenant Board. But if and when they do leave the premises, one of the few things they often leave behind—other than feces—is a good story or two. Landlords: we want to hear yours.
TO SHARE YOUR NIGHTMARE-TENANT STORY
Before Wednesday, October 17 at 5 p.m. Wednesday, October 31 at 5 p.m., email firstname.lastname@example.org with everything that happened with your tenant from hell. (Keep it all under 500 words, though, if you can.) We’ll pick a few of our favourites and publish them—without your real name, theirs, or any other detail that’ll give either of your identities away—on Tuesday, October 23 in early November. And no need to fret, tenants: your turn to share stories about crappy landlords is coming later this month.