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Latest Craiglist Scam has BC Landlords and Tenants Angry

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

 October 6th, 2013

Craigslist and Kijiji rental scam

Landlords are looking for good tenants.

Tenants are looking for good landlords.

(Of course there are some bad landlords and some bad tenants out there so let them have fun dealing with each other.)

So how can landlords and tenants who both want to meet, rent out a property, and create a mutually beneficial, respectful and lawful relationship meet?

Some people use the local newspaper. More and more landlords and tenants are using Kijiji. Others are using Craigslist.

Craiglist Scam (and Kijiji too!)

This is what makes the latest Craigslist scam even more annoying and making many good landlords upset. Landlords and tenants rely on sites like Craigslist and Kijiji to meet.

We’ve seen these types of scams all over Canada. 

In fact this scam is very similar to what happened to a tenant in Newmarket and hurt a lot of people who wanted rent cottages last summer.

According to CBC News a Kamloops, B.C. landlord  says she is the victim of a fraudster on the internet.

Landlord Nicky Plato says she found out this past summer someone took information from her personal online rental listing on Kijiji.ca

What Did They Do With The Information?

Wait for it…they took the information from the Kijiji ad and created a fake ad with it on Craigslist!

What a Scam!

Yes. On a regular Sunday night Plato answered her door and met a woman who showed up at her door. It was a pizza delivery man, it was a tenant expecting to move in to her property.

According to landlord Plato this ‘tenant’ believed that it was her house and she would begin renting on September 1st.

More Details Please

The woman pointed her to the Craigslist ad.

In the ad tenants were asked for a $450 deposit to be wired to, ahem, secure the lease.

Landlord Plato Fights Back

Plato decided to fight back. She contacted the scammer. She did this by posing as a renter interested in the property.

She was absolutely astonished when the scammer sent her copies of photos of the place. The photos even included one of her in her home.

Plato said: “Literally, the hair on my arms stood up. I really didn’t think that my information would be that vulnerable when I am renting online to local people in Kamloops on Kijiji. I never thought it would be that vulnerable.”

She added “He has my address, my licence plate number, my name, my picture….everything!”

She repeated ‘flagged’ the ad according to Craiglists’ policies for this type of fraud.

It hasn’t worked and the fake landlord keeps posting it.

She even called the fake landlord and demanded he stop it. He won’t.

The RCMP said there isn’t much the force can do because it appears the scammers really are in Africa.

Plato says she just wants it to stop.

To Discuss This And Other Landlord and Tenant Issues Go To the B.C. Landlord Forum

British Columbia Landlord News

Friday, October 21st, 2011

City to seek court action on illegal suites

October 21st, 2011

West Van landlord pleads unsuccessfully for more time for his tenants to rehouse

THE City of North Vancouver is headed to the Supreme Court of B.C. to evict two households from a pair of illegal suites in an Ottawa Gardens duplex.

A divided council voted 4-3 Monday night to seek a court injunction after a lengthy, bitter debate.

The illegal suites in the building on the 200-block of West Sixth Street have been on the city’s radar for more than a decade, but a series of reviews and appeals requested by owner Arnold Wallner have fended off eviction of his tenants. In March, Wallner attempted unsuccessfully to have his property rezoned.

Wallner appeared Monday to plead for more time for his tenants to find new homes. “It is not my intention to act against the city’s bylaws,” he said. “Mister mayor and members of council, I would really like to apologize for any wrongdoing in this matter. I am asking for forgiveness and I’m asking, respectfully, for more time to sort out things.”

Wallner also presented letters from his tenants, both praising him as a good landlord and arguing there were no other comparable homes in the city at the price: $790 and $820 respectively. One tenant asked council where everyone would go if all the City of North Vancouver’s illegal suites were closed.

“It is very difficult for anyone to find anything that comes close,” Wallner said. “Not by a long shot. This is a fantastic location, and in excellent condition. I spent lots of money for upgrading.”

City staff, however, said Wallner had rebuffed their attempts at inspection and said they believed the two suites did not meet the fire safety standards of the B.C. Building Code.

Wallner was somewhat evasive about exactly how much time he wanted before Mayor Darrell Mussatto pressed him to answer a yes or no question for a twoand-a-half-month extension. Wallner also admitted he was hopeful to bring the issue before a new council following the civic election in November.

“Anyone who purchases property has an obligation to understand the legal constraints on that property,” said Coun. Pam Bookham. “Mr. Wallner has indicated that he has been aware for at least 11 years that he was operating in violation of our bylaw that doesn’t allow secondary suites in duplexes. If we were to follow the logic he has tried to argue, it seems to me any number of suites, regardless of existing bylaws, ought be allowed because it provides someone with affordable housing.”

Bookham said Wallner’s appeal was simply another delaying tactic. “I’m prepared tonight to see this matter go forward to the Supreme Court,” she said.

Under questioning from Coun. Rod Clark, Wallner said he was a West Vancouver resident and had never lived in the building himself.

“Mr. Wallner lives in British Properties,” said Clark. “This is an investment for him and nothing else. He has no ties to the property and the revenue from these suites goes into his pocket each month.”

“He’s a lousy landlord,” continued Clark, who criticized Wallner harshly for ignoring fire safety standards and city bylaws, and said he was well aware of the consequences for his tenants.

“I feel badly for the tenants, I really do,” he said. “I understand what’s going to happen here. These people are going to be displaced. That’s very regrettable.

“But the city is not the one at fault here. Mr. Wallner is at fault.”

Coun. Mary Trentadue pressed staff on exactly what action the city would take. Bylaw services manager Brad McRae said the eviction would be Wallner’s responsibility and admitted he hadn’t ever been through a similar process.

“This is a human issue,” said Trentadue. “These are people who live in a home who pay modest rent. I’ve been a renter in the city, I couldn’t find a place for that price. This home has been a rental opportunity for people for 30 years, well before it became a heritage area.

“I don’t want to see this city taking Mr. Wallner and his tenants to the Supreme Court. I think that’s an absolute waste of time and money. There are all kinds of people renting homes in this city who don’t live there. Every one of us on this council knows that. Are we going to go after all these people or just Mr. Wallner?” she said.

Couns. Guy Heywood and Bob Fearnley joined Clark and Bookham to carry the vote. Mussatto, Trentadue and Coun. Craig Keating opposed the injunction.

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