Happy Surprise – Legal Challenge to Tribunal Privacy Laws

November 14th, 2017 · 2 Comments · Landlord Advocacy, Property Management, Real Estate Lawyer

Imagine my happiness when I read this article today about how The Toronto Star is Launching a legal challenge to Tribunal’s cloaks on Privacy.

I’m sure the next question is why are you so happy about that Rachelle? Well years ago RentCheck used to maintain a proper database with all the rent thieves names in it. And then the Province passed privacy laws and then the Landlord & Tenant Board stopped allowing RentCheck to access the rent thieves names and it made it almost impossible for landlord to protect themselves from savvy rent thieves. Then we all had to rely on landlords reporting on their own instead of bulk reports that made it possible and economical for RentCheck to maintain a database. Each credit checking system has their own small database.

The bottom line is that this particular rule cloaks serial rent scammers. They should not be protected. Everyone goes on and on about due diligence on the part of landlords when they get scammed, but surely landlords aren’t expected to be forensic detectives when it comes to rental applications.

The worst rent thieves know exactly what landlords want and they give it to them, great credit report, great references, great employment checks, but in this digital age, that stuff is easy as pie to fake and produce. If you’re computer savvy at all you can probably fake everything you need in a couple hours. Couple buddies to answer the phone and you’re in like Flynn.

So while everyone is busy blaming the victim (the landlord in this case) I actually know how charming and lovely these fraudsters are at getting past landlord’s defenses.

Mike Lemke

Here’s a perfect example of a rent thief. He goes from place to place to place… simply stealing. If it was a bank or cars he’d be in jail right now but because it’s rent well the landlord did not do their due diligence. But look at that face. Most people would want to rent him a place, and that’s how they scam. He’s clean cut, no neck tattoos, great (but fake) credit, proof of employment etc.

Is this really a guy the Landlord & Tenant Board wants to protect? You certainly wouldn’t want his next landlord discriminating based on him scamming his three previous landlords victims would we? Maybe he found a spot of mould behind the toilet in his band new condo and so now he can’t pay rent because of his terrible allergic reaction he lost his job.

He also scams other tenants getting people to put down deposits on apartments and then stealing form them too. They also should perform due diligence I guess.

Facts are that this guy is a sociopath who steals and instead of scamming like our friend Chrome who steals credit card numbers, he steals from landlords. Those landlords have to continue to pay their mortgages, property taxes, and even for his electricity. It’s really shitty.

The Landlord & Tenant Board adjudicators need to realize that an Order to pay is not payment. Just in case maybe we should ask the Adjudicators if they would like to receive their paychecks in the form of LTB tenant Orders. Ha that would serve them right.

Personally I can’t wait to see if this legal challenge stops the bleeding hearts from shielding and cloaking the rent thieves. I for one am completely done with a system that enables theft.

I’m Done like Dinner on this issue. How about you?


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2 Comments so far ↓

  • wendi1

    If Rent Check is going to keep a list of “scammers” I want to know if my name is on it, and if it is on there incorrectly, I want to know how to get it off.

    While most landlords are fine folks, I am sure some of them are capable of submitting the name of some innocent person who has upset them (like an ex).

    I notice, as well, that some of the scammers use multiple aliases.

    You just have to look at the no-fly list to see the possible problems that can result from private lists with no publicly defined processes. But if your name shows up on a scammer list, you might not be able to find a place to live.

    Better would to be to allow the Boards to see who had been there before, and allow them the discretion to identify and punish the people who abuse the process.

  • Rachelle

    The list was of people who had been evicted for non-payment of rent. If you stop paying your credit card, the next credit card issuer has a choice not to extend you credit.

    So for all the talk of people who accuse landlord who get ripped off of lack of “due diligence” the facts are that if your due diligence is successful, there would be a bunch of homeless people because no landlord is going to take a chance on losing 5-6 month’s rent and a couple thousand in legal fees.

    Why else would the Landlord & Tenant Board cloak the identities of these scammers? They don’t want anyone to be homeless no matter how many landlords they rip off.