Nightmare Apartment – Last of the Nightmare Landlord

*The Building Inspector and Fire Marshall gave work orders to the outgoing owner, that needed to be completed before the title was transferred to the new owner.

The most amazing thing was the way the back stairs to the 3rd floor apartment were rebuilt. The guys the landlord hired had done an okay job of patching the roof and installing eavestroughing. Carpentry was not their strongpoint.

The new stairs were built without using a measuring tape. They were also built without using pre-fab stringers. Why I don’t know. This resulted in each stair being a noticeably different height.  After the workers were gone I used my own measuring tape. The heights of these stairs ranged from 7 1/4″ to 12 1/2″ inches ! Building code allows a variance of 3/8″ ! The crazy differences made these stairs incredibly dangerous.

The new owner had a look at them and demanded they were to be properly rebuilt before he took possession. The nightmare landlord used the very same guys to rebuild the new terrible stairs. He showed up on the very last day before the transfer of the property and stood around in his stupid mirror aviator glasses, nit-picking. What a creep.

*Another thing about this building was that the boiler for the heating system was in the basement under the salon. There was no universal area that could be accessed without entering the salon. I don’t think there was even a thermostat for the furnace – the heat was either on or off, period.

Toronto got really hot in the third weekend of May. It was 28 C with high humidity and the radiators were still on , with the same level of heat they put out during a cold snap in January. The salon was closed a couple of days a week, and there was no way that the basement could be accessed to even turn the heat off, without the salon owner’s alarm code. This heat was just unbelievable and horrible. I think the upstairs tenant persuaded the salon owner to come in, to turn it off. Only one of the rads in my unit had a functioning valve that could be turned on or off.

* “Someone” called the OSPCA and claimed that I was a cat hoarder, with animals living in “unsanitary conditions”. This was transferred to Toronto Animal Services for investigation. By law, a resident or property owner doesn’t have to let an officer in to investigate. If the officer suspects there is a serious issue going on(sights but especially smells), they can apply for a search warrant. It can take months or even years for a hoarding situation to make it through the legal system, even in extreme situations with over a hundred cats, that neighbours have been complaining to the authorities about for years.

Cat rescue friends advised me to not let the officer in. I wanted to (again) prove that the outgoing owner was a liar. The officer came at the arranged time, and made me buy licenses for my cats. She did not find any unsanitary conditions. That was that.




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