[Toronto Sun] Shoot a gun, deal drugs or assault a neighbour and your days in Toronto’s public housing should be over.
“The truth is, nothing can be further from the truth,” Harry Fine, a former adjudicator on the provincial body that resolves disputes between landlords and tenants, tells the Sunday Sun.
In Wolch vs Walmer Developments, the Divisional Court overturned an Ontario Rental Housing Tribunal decision that evicted the tenant for a series of illegal acts.
On review, the Court found that landlords are subject to the Human Rights Code, as is the Tribunal, in making findings, and handed out discretionary relief from eviction.
Fine says it’s the “pervasive over-application” of that decision that has led to a farcical situation whereby it’s often enough for a tenant to claim to have depression or anxiety in order to avoid eviction.