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A mentally ill man disrupted his neighbours’ lives and his landlord tried to evict him; the Small Claims Court said not so fast

A recent small claims court case between a landlord and tenant suffering from mental illness has been described by its adjudicator as “difficult and novel.”

In his Dec. 7 decision, Augustus M. Richardson noted he was granting anonymity to the witnesses and all parties involved due to the “nature of the evidence and issues” in the matter.

The case revolved around a tenant who lives in the bottom level unit of a house divided into three units on Alex Street in Halifax. The case was an appeal by the landlord from an Oct. 7 Residential Tenancy Order (RTO). The landlord had applied for an order terminating the tenant’s lease due to unpaid rent and for what the RTO Order described as “behaviour issues.” … [Read More]