We lost a neighbour this week. The family was told their home would be closed, and they had to be out by Friday. Apparently the City came by to have a look at the house regarding an issue with a sewage leak in the basement. I never went into the neighbours home, and never saw exactly what the issues were. I was told the City was closing the house as of Friday afternoon and they had to be out by then.
Our neighbours did not choose to re-locate, they were told to leave. After complaints to the landlord fell on deaf ears, the house was finally in such disrepair that it had to be closed by the City. The house they had been living in for the past few years was no longer to be their home. Our neighbours had a right to complain about the conditions of the house, and now I guess they have also been given the right to be homeless, as they have not yet secured a new place to live.
A landlord ignored calls from a tenant. He ignored his obligation to provide a safe and healthy environment. I know the landlord has been to the house several times in the past few years, including being in the basement last week. So, it is not like he was unaware of the conditions of his property. He continued to collect rent for a house in disrepair. And he let a family live in unsafe conditions until the City finally shut it down.
Now our block has one less family on it, and an uninhabitable house, because a landlord chose not to take care of his property.