Posts Tagged ‘crime’

Tenants Watch Out! Thief Acts As the Building Manager of the Rental Property

Friday, February 8th, 2013

February 7th, 2013

BCLA imposter

Tenants Need to Be on Alert After Thief Acts As the Rental Property Building Manager in Order to Enter the Unit

It’s not only B.C. landlords who have to be cautious about their rental properties.

The RCMP are warning tenants after yet another scam involving a rental property.

A woman residing in a rental apartment complex in Langley was approached by a man claiming to be the building manager last Saturday.

He said his name was Grey. The so-called ‘building manager’ told the tenant he needed her to give him access to her rental apartment so he could look into and repair a water leak.

Water leaks are serious business so the tenant was of course concerned about this and allowed him to enter.

After he left her apartment she noticed her purse wasn’t where she left it.

She was approached by the ‘building manager’ who said he needed access to her unit because there was a water leak.

She allowed the man access and when he eventually left, she noticed her purse was missing.

Her purse was eventually spotted in the stairwell area.  Except one thing was missing – her cash!

The imposter was described by witness as being Caucasian, in his late 40s, and around six feet tall with a slim physique. He was also describes as having a very strangely coloured ‘red face’ which could have been due to severe acne.

This shows that scammers target tenants like they target landlords.

The RCMP encourages tenants living in rental property apartment complexes to take the time to get to know who the building manager and other property staff are. This way tenants can make sure they are only allowing real staff into their homes.

It’s also a good idea to call the property management company if you are unsure someone is who they say they are.

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Tenant Alleges Landlord Hid a Camera in Her Bathroom, Made Videos

Monday, December 19th, 2011

December 19th, 2011


According to a CBC news report, a tenant studying at the University of Victoria alleges her landlord used a camera hidden in her bathroom to secretly film her for years.

The case was filed in the Supreme Court of B.C.

The tenant, Devon Harrington, states in the suit she rented the basement unit from landlord Robin Mitchell and his wife beginning in August 2008.

The rent was $675 per month.

In the suit, the tenant claims she found a video camera in the bathroom of her rental recording her showering, changing clothes and even using the toilet.  This had been going on for nearly 32 months.

The tenant also claims the landlord, a senior bureaucrat in the government of B.C. who is an expert at computer software, even made videos of the secret filming and posted them on the internet and shared the videos with friends.

The tenant claims she is feeling humiliated and is a state of depression.

Harrington is suing for damages.

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