A landlord got an eviction order against a delinquent tenant during an emergency hearing yesterday.
Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes ordered Edith Peet to vacate the one-bedroom apartment in the Carmichael Road area by 6 p.m. today.
Attorney Ian Cargill sought the eviction order on behalf of Denise Bethel, a swim instructor and property manager. Despite receiving notice of the eviction hearing, Peet did not appear in court.
The court heard that Peet remained on the property after her rental contract expired in February 2020.
In her testimony, Bethel said that she gave Peet an eviction notice in January.
Bethel said the unit needed much-needed repairs to its plumbing system since late 2019.
According to her, the plumbing issue that originated in Peet’s unit was a nuisance to other tenants.
Bethel said that she called the Department of Environmental Health to inspect the property.
In addition to the plumbing issues, Bethel said that Peet was $2,800 in arrears.
Also, she had too many people in the unit.
Bethel said she rented the apartment to Peet on the understanding that she would live there with her son.
However, Bethel said Peet moved in another son and two grandchildren without her permission.
Bethel said, “There are five people in a small one-bedroom apartment.”
One of those sons has a “mental issue” and is “in and out of jail”, Bethel said.
According to her, other tenants and other people in the neighborhood had filed complaints with police after he allegedly threatened them.
Cargill said that the emergency application was granted based on the findings of the Department of Environmental Health.
Regular eviction hearings are on hold due to restrictions brought on by the spread of the novel coronavirus.
In addition to approving the eviction, Forbes ordered Peet to pay the $2,800 overdue rent plus $500 in legal costs.