Opinion

LETTER: Landlords can also be put at risk

Re.: Surrey-Whalley MLA says landlords have “upper hand,” The Leader, Nov. 23.

Bruce Ralston should not jump to the conclusion saying that landlords have the upper hand. I’m a landlord and facing trouble from my tenant who is a single mom and not paying rent since October 2007.

She also put our safety at risk by removing the batteries from the smoke detector, adding a new lock on the main door and preventing access to the rented unit.

We tried our best to resolve the problem but no outcome. Finally we went to the Residential Tenancy Branch. Here on one point, I do agree with the MLA that the waiting period for a hearing is too long. We filed the application on Oct. 23 and our hearing date was set for Nov. 14. Isn’t this too long?

We are taxpayers and also paying a mortgage. Our tenant is still inside the premises, witholding the rent without the permission of Dispute Resolution Officer.

People misuse the system whether landlords or tenants have the upper hand.

Harbinder Bains, Surrey

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