Seventy three bucks
I went to the Ontario Landlord-Tenant Tribunal and all I got for my trouble was seventy-three bucks.
That’s what my so called “peaceful enjoyment of my residence” was worth. Enough money to buy a case of imported beer. Nobody cares that our lives were turned upside down, that we had to inhale toxic fumes for months, that jackhammers drowned out the television. Nobody cares that we lost about $3,000 after the insurance, and had to uproot the family, find a place to move, then move, in two weeks last September.
It is what it is.
If I learned some lessons from the toxic oil spill, they are these:
- Never trust a landlord no matter how nice he appears to be.
- Never buy oil from Ultramar.
- Never sign anything without discussing it with a lawyer.
- Never believe stories that tenants have greater rights than landlords.
- Money and power talk.
- Always have insurance,
It’s over. Time to move on.
Time to get a life.