What Evictions Look Like & The Cats Part Deux

April 9th, 2013 · 4 Comments · Property Management

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I took a video of the way an apartment after eviction. In this particular case, the sheriff was not called but the tenant left of his own accord after getting the Order from the Landlord & Tenant Board. I’m no photographer or videographer but I think you can still see the main things you need to see.



There were a lot of factors involved in this situation including some alcoholism and some mental illness.  I’m not a Psychologist but there is evidence of inability to take care of basic life skills, like cleaning or working.

Social Assistance

One of the items I’ve mentioned before in regards to people who collect social assistance is the lack of resources. Unless they are working or have family to help out it’s just impossible to feed yourself. This particular individual also smoked and drank heavily. One of the escalating problems with this eviction is that 9 cats were left behind. Here’s how that happens. You get one cat and can’t afford to get it spayed. The cat using the wisdom of the ages escapes when in heat. The cat had kittens. Our friend couldn’t give the all kittens away so they grew up. There were now 4 cats, momma cat and 3 babies. The babies got older, momma falls in love again and bingo bango, we have 5 more kittens (also cute) So if our tenant can’t spay one cat and give 3 kittens away, how are they going to spay 4 and find homes for 5 more? In any case the cats are healthy and have food and are very friendly. The female kitten from the first litter is also probably pregnant.

No One Wants Your Illegitimate Cats

Through the miracle of landlord tenant law, the tenant’s cats become the landlord’s cats. Of course if you can sell them, you can keep the money to set off your expenses in storing the “property”

No one wants your cats my friends, you’ll have better luck giving away cases of syphillis than cats, especially if they are attached to kittens, or are possibly pregnant. It’s even better if the most likely suspect for your cat’s pregnancy is the cat’s brother. That’s just a whole barrel full of fun for the landlord to enjoy.

In any case I did find a home for the two male cats. The cats are friendly and well socialized and they were clearly very happy to get the hell out of that basement. Usually when a cat is adopted out, it runs under the nearest bed and hides there for a week or two. These cats were exploring and getting patted a few minutes after being in their new home. To reward me for finding their new home, one of them took a very smelly poop in the cat carrying cage on the way over. I had to open the window, it was completely vile. Don’t worry it stuck to the very back/bottom of the crate and had to be scraped out just for giggles. That’s what I like about being a property manager, my cat carer duties.

Wish Me Luck And Feel Free to Comment If You Need a Cat


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4 Comments so far ↓

  • Real Estate Investment Software

    Interesting and informative post. Thank you for your effort. Rachelle, What motivated you to call this blog “What Evictions Look Like & The Cats Part Deux”, not that the title does not go with the content, I am just wondering. I appreciate you sharing this with the rest of us Rachelle.

  • janes.alias

    just wanted to clarify that using a heading ‘social assistance’ places all of us under the same brush and we are NOT. I am a stay home independent mother of two children, on the mentioned ‘social assitsance’. I have been a ‘Recovered’ for 8 years now and FYI prior to that owned cats, children drank but not like this guy and never ever left a mess. Had well working relationships with landlords and even did work for them on the side to reduce rent costs. We are NOT all mentally ill people with a lack of resources. It’s unfortunate we are mis-interpreted bcuz of people like that tenant…it’s actually painful emotionally to be under the same ‘hat, as this man because of OUR ‘Social Stature’. SOME of WE ‘social assistance’ recipients are actually QUITE resourceful and I can survive WELL on $1200.00 with two children happily well fed and work even though I am legally disabled–a portion of my funds are REMOVED by the worlds ‘Wonderful Social Assistance’ program. It is not the persons lack of resources as far as I am considered–that’s a government issue NOT PROVIDING the mentally ill with better resources. (I have experience with that as well, family member with severe mental illness); most of them are ignored and under rug swept. It’s a sad government case of mis management and INABILITY TO EMPATHIZE by taking the HUMANE task of ‘placing themselves in our shoes’… I understand this is not a personal attack on social assistance recipients but be careful how you go forth as a Landlord becuase there are in fact a lot of rights for the lower income family/ tenants, within the tribunal. I wish you would NEVER HAVE to have a tenant like that but more responsible and good experiences with folks ‘like us’ on ‘social assistance’ …p.s. I go to university, am disabled, pull a 66lb wagon through a foot of snow BOTH WAYS to and from the 2.2km grocery store, with my youngest, in the dead of winter, two times a week and more in winter than in summer actually and I am DISABLED: ‘we’ are ALOT STRONGER than most ‘able, WORKING class’ that I know and more resourceful than many actually (no insult or upset intended by this response)….;) cheers, here’s to NO MORE KITTENS!!!!!

    • Rachelle

      Jane, what I’m saying is that if I see that 100% of my evictions are social assistance recipients, how can I tell my clients go ahead and rent to that demographic? Really it isn’t the landlord’s job to fix the mentally illness problem in this world. And really that’s why landlords are unpopular because we are the ones who have to worry about the financial health of the building/house otherwise everyone who lives there will be homeless over the rights of one person to have a home. Do you think evictions are fun? Cause they aren’t, and if you could ever be in my shoes when a 70 year old widow walks into her wrecked house after it’s been trashed and she starts to cry because it’s the house her husband fixed up for her retirement income and she doesn’t have the money to fix it, then maybe you’d understand why I don’t take risks.