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LETTER: Tenants taken advantage of

Re: “Tenants complain about run down building,” The Leader, Nov. 23.

Here is another case of absolute greed! Just another company taking advantage of those who can ill afford the high cost of housing.

People on fixed incomes or those who have growing families are usually always getting ripped off. I’m sure that if all the tenants refused to pay their monthly rent and had the monies put collectively into a holding account this would create some much needed talks.

As a collective group these tenants should be able to deal with this management company. Where is the Better Business Bureau or what about the city doing inspections?

Tenants do have rights just as well as any landlord or property management company. There must be at least a rental agreement signed by the company and the tenant. So in that agreement it should list the all the provided amenities that are included with the rental fee. That rental agreement is a binding contract which is not to just provide protection for the owners/company but also for the tenant. Any violation of that contract then would provide grounds for either party or parties to take appropriate action.

Tenants looking to rent should have the right to do background checks, job references, financial statements, etc. of these owners/companies just as they demand from their prospective tenants.

Remember, a single voice may get lost on the breeze but a collective of voices is the roar that will be heard.

Lynn Fenton, Surrey

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