Slurry of garbage, animal feces among destruction caused by evicted tenants in Kingston Ont. house of horrors
A Kingston landlord is furious after tenants he evicted left a mountain of garbage, animal feces and thousands of dollars in damages at his rental property.
Simon Andrew rented a three-bedroom house in Kingston to a couple and their grown son in late 2014. He told the Kingston Whig-Standard that the family “interviewed well” and appeared to be “really nice people.”
But things went south from there.
“I could tell you things that no human should know about, what happens to mould when it grows on semen,” Andrew said. “It was a biohazard, it was a fire hazard, it was a health hazard.”
The family kept rabbits, chickens, pigeons and livestock — a goat, according to neighbours — inside the home, where they slept, ate and defecated.
But what should have been a slam dunk by the Landlord and Tenant Board to evict the trashy trio took a staggering six months.
And when they were finally hoofed two months ago, Andrew was mortified by what he discovered: his property was a sickening smorgasbord of garbage, rotting food and animal and human waste.
“The law just does not protect people. I’m the victim here,” he added. “If I went to your house and did what they did to my house, I’d be charged criminally.”
Neighbours tipped off Andrew that things were out of control at the house.
In the aftermath, the livid landlord removed a staggering nine tons of garbage — and is still cleaning up the disaster.
- The family used buckets of water to clean the floors and swept dirt, garbage and animal feces down the heating vents.
- Cleaners had to chisel dried feces from the corners of the walls.
- The house had also been “grease bombed,” which involves placing a piece of fatty meat in the oven, turning the heat to high and leaving the door slightly ajar, destroying the walls.
- The family also left behind stacks of overdue bills for thousands of dollars, including $1,400 for utilities, $1,700 for propane, and $2,000 for telephone and Internet.
- Also mixed in with the tons of garbage were used tampons, diabetic needles and trays of urine left in the drawers.
“I rented for 25 years, I’m all for tenants’ rights, but that presumes reasonable people behaving normally,” Andrew said. “There’s no law to stop anyone from keeping a goat in the house.”
But there is. The City of Kingston’s Animal Control Bylaw states that: “No person shall keep livestock or poultry on any property except in a veterinary hospital or clinic or as part of a cultural, recreational or educational event, including a public or agricultural fair.”
Andrew estimates that repairing the house will end up costing him about $30,000, and he said he is frustrated by the family’s ability to take advantage of the rental system without any consequences.
“They are leaving a trail of destruction of other people’s lives, that’s what they are really doing. They are screwing up my life.”