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Small claims court rules in favour of ‘renovicted’ Lunenburg tenant

Landlord ordered to pay $3,744 in damages and compensation
A small claims court in Bridgewater, N.S., has awarded a renter $3,744.02 in damages and compensation after her landlord cut off water and began demolition work while she was still living in a two-bedroom unit in the building.

Other tenants had already left the four-unit building.

CBC is not naming the tenant to protect the privacy of her 10-year-old daughter. The tenant’s lawyer said her client is pleased with the outcome.

“She is good, I think she was relieved,” Tammy Wohler, a managing lawyer at the social justice office of Nova Scotia Legal Aid, told CBC after court ended. “… She believes the message needs to be out there to landlords.”

In his ruling Wednesday night at the Bridgewater Justice Centre, adjudicator Brent Silver told the landlord, Colin Edwards, he had broke the rules while the tenant followed them.

“She tried to get you to back off and the power was turned off. I have no option but to create an order saying you failed to give proper notice to evict. You have violated the processes. The tenant is entitled to damages,” Silver said. … [Read More]