June 1st, 2013
Tenants thinking of using email to harass their landlords should think again
This is a new one: email harassment.
According to a report in Straight.com, a B.C. Supreme Court ruling sends a very clear message for tenants who bombard their landlords with emails.
The tenant filed an application for a judicial review of a Residential Tenancy Branch decision ending their tenancy.
In February of 2012, one tenant put up an advertisement for a roommate to help pay the rent for the unit they were living in.
A potential tenant saw the ad, replied and paid two months of rent plus a security deposit. On April 19th, 2012 the first and this new roommate got into an argument.
The landlord is Commonwealth Holding Co. Ltd. They issued an eviction notice.
A Residential Tenancy Branch dispute-resolution officer upheld the order in part because the first tenant “had unreasonably disturbed the landlord with a large volume of emails”.
Also included as grounds were “Subletting the unit and interfering with other tenants’ enjoyment of the building.”
Justice Miriam Gropper dismissed the first tenants application for a judicial review of a Residential Tenancy Branch decision ending their tenancy.
In dismissing her appeal, Gropper wrote, “I find the DRO’s conclusion that the volume and tone of the tenants e-mails to the landlord constituted an unreasonable disturbance of the landlord reasonable.”
To discuss this and other landlord and tenant issues go the the British Columbia landlord forum