When I do my job perfectly, there shouldn’t be any evictions in my life. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as perfection. For me every eviction is a sign of failure or in some cases lack of clairvoyance. You just can’t predict the future.
So let’s start at the building. I actually had two apartments that did not pay rent and it took forever to evict them both. The apartments were right next to each other. So middle of January we evict resident #1. A few days later I go to the second apartment where the sheriff hasn’t attended yet and resident #1 had moved in and answers the door beer in hand. Charming!
Our other residents called the city because neither one of these winners could walk 10 feet across the hall to the garbage chute. Their balconies are stacked waist high with all kinds of crap.
The Sheriff Cometh
The sheriff comes the morning of the actual eviction and you either open the door if you have a key or let the locksmith open the door if you don’t. In 99% of cases no one is still there. Once they tell you the place is clear you’ll get your place back.
Do Poor People Get Evicted?
Not really… while it can happen that people lose their jobs or can’t afford the apartment, poor people generally make arrangements to move in with families or find more affordable places to live. What poor people do not do is lie cheat and steal from their landlords, park in their place and wreck their properties.
What About Single Mothers?
Nope, again when in trouble honest people move out and make arrangements. It may be inconvenient when people break a lease, but it’s far from the trauma involved when someone takes advantage of our laws to prey on a landlord.
What About Ontario Works Recipients?
This is a high risk group with 100% of the evictions I did in 2011 being on OW. 2012 is different so far this group is 1/3 of the evictions so far. Still I do have quite a few OW recipients who do pay the rent and manage at the same rents in the exact same apartments as the ones who get evicted.
The Common Theme…
When I went into these apartments the other day, I found signs of drug use and lots of it. In two of the apartments I found hookas, commonly used to smoke tobacco products. Tobacco does not cause people to not pay their rent, leave burn marks in carpet and damage apartments. I’m no expert on hookas but they can be used to smoke anything.
The Big Fat Lie
A common misconception is that poor people get evicted while the truth is that for the most part people addicted to drugs are getting evicted. You have to be really dysfunctional to sit around for six months waiting for the sheriff to come and throw you out.
Anyone else notice this? Drug use rampant among the evicted?