Thursday, December 25, 2008

Landlords Make Rules about Toronto Lifestyle

I was checking out craigslist's property for rent when this ad caught my eye http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/tor/apa/969260028.html

Finding a tenant who will go buy their rules is one thing.

Are these guys even allowed to advertise like this. It sounds like a jail. I will paste the ad here just in case it gets deleted. There are issues here that are clearly in conflict with the Law; Privacy and Peaceful enjoyment, Privacy and Notice and access. Decide for yourselves.

Available Immediately – Yonge & Eglinton (Duplex Ave) – Showing Saturday and Sunday – Email for directions and additional information.What kind of apartment is it?• One bedroom basement apartment with separate entrance• Tastefully decorated with modern minimalist d├ęcor• Approximately 650 square feet• There is even a window! Security bars installed for your safety and to prevent unauthorized activity• Closed circuit camera installed for security and safety. One in your suite, one at the entrance, and one in the exercise yardRent:• $615.00 per month• First month’s rent + ½ month security deposit due at move in• Small pet allowed with approval and payment of additional ½ month pet damage deposit• One year lease permitted, option to renew lease at end of the term with no increase in rent• LANDLORD’S SPECIAL! Move in before January 1st and don’t pay for the remainder of December! That’s significant savings, especially during this time of year.Included in the rent:• Electricity• Heat – Maintained at 21 degrees with lock box to prevent unauthorized tampering. Additional heating available for $20.00 per extra degree of heating per month. You may not use your oven to heat the apartment. If you do, you will be fined $50.00 per occurrence.• Air conditioning – Maintained at 25 degrees during the summer with lock box to prevent extra cooling from being dispensed. Additional cooling for sale for $20.00 per degree of cooling requested per month.• 25" Zenith color television set with basic cable service - INCLUDED IN RENT! Cable television service will be shut off at 11:30 p.m. daily.• Wireless internet (with content filter applied to block forbidden/immoral websites) - INCLUDED IN RENT! Internet service will be shut off at 10:00 p.m. daily.• Provision of coin laundry services - You will have your own personal coin laundry washer and dryer machines. We think your friends will be jealous of your very own coin laundry machines. Washers and dryers are paid using a token system. Tokens can be purchased through the landlord. Washer tokens cost $5.25 each and dryer tokens cost $3.95 each. Soap will be made available at the cost of $3.20 per wash load, or you may prefer to use your own. You are not allowed to use foreign currency or slugs in the washer and dryer. Violators will be fined $100.00 per infraction.• Telephone – Local telephone service is included in the rent. Phones are turned on from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. daily. Tenants are limited to 2 hours of telephone calling per week, at which point no additional calls will go through. You must use a calling card for long distance calls at your expense, although these calls count towards your two hour weekly allotment. Please note that telephone calls could be and are monitored on a regular basis.• Bedroll - Upon move in, you will receive a new tenant orientation and bedroll kit, including 1 sheet, 1 blanket, 1 pillow, 1 pillowcase, 1 hygiene kit, 1 towel, 1 facecloth, 1 orange loungesuit, 1 tenant's handbook, and 1 toilet roll. Additional toilet rolls can be purchased through the commissary for $1.95 apiece.About us: (Landlords)We are fundamentalist, conservative, bible believing, God-fearing, born again, evangelical Christians. We interpret the bible literally in every way possible. We live a strict moral code and observe God’s laws in our everyday life. My wife stays at home and teaches our home-schooled children. I work as a pastor at a local congregation and am active in the faith community.

About you: (Tenant)• You are employed• You do not participate in lascivious deviant sexual behavior• You do not choose fringe alternative lifestyles as your lifestyle• You do not have any criminal history• You must have excellent character references• You do not smoke, drink or take drugs. Mandatory drug screening required.• Ability to follow directions and correct behavior “shape up or ship out”Additional Rules/Conditions:

CLEANLINESS: You are responsible for the cleanliness and orderliness of your apartment. Beds are to be made before leaving your suite,countertops must be wiped down, and you must remove all trash. Upon inspection, if the tenant's basement suite is not clean, the cost of cleaning services plus a fine of $100.00 will be levied.

LIGHTS: The lights in your basement suite and in the day room are not tobe tampered with. If a light needs repair, report the condition to theLandlord.WAKE-UP: Wake up will be at 5:30 a.m. each morning. All ceiling lights inthe suite will be turned on automatically. Beds must be made at this time, and no later than 6:00 a.m. daily.

LIGHTS OUT: Ceiling lights in the suite will be turned off at 11:30 p.m. Small desk lamps are permitted for bible reading, etc.

CONTRABAND: The following items are considered contraband – alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, weapons, lock picking equipment. If any contraband is discovered to be in your possession, you will be subject to a minimum $1,000.00 fine. In addition, your items will be confiscated permanently. Second offense – you will be evicted without notice. A bailiff will escort you and your belongings off the premises. Your security deposit will not be returned.

SMOKING: The basement suite is non-smoking. Anyone in possession of tobacco products of any kind or any lighter or matches, will have their contraband items confiscated and will be fined $1,000.00.

INSPECTIONS: The Landlord will conduct unannounced inspections to ensure that these rules and regulations are being followed.

VISITATION: Visitation periods will be on Saturdays and Sundays from1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. All visitors and their vehicles are subjectto search while on landlord property. Refusal to allow a search canresult in their being barred from all future visitation privileges. Allvisitors must sign the Visitor's Log. Unauthorized visitors will beescorted from the property, and the tenant will be fined $250.00.I.D.

BRACELETS: Each tenant will be issued an I.D. bracelet with his/herphotograph. It must be worn at all times. If you lose your I.D.bracelet or it is broken, you will be required to purchase a new one atthe nominal cost of $6.25.

EXERCISE YARD: The tenant will have access to the exercise yard in the area to the back of the property for 2 hours per day from 4:00 pm to6:00 pm. The tenant is not allowed to bring any personal property tothe exercise yard. Once the tenant leaves the exercise yard on aparticular day, he or she may not return. No boisterous behavior isallowed in the exercise yard. There is no smoking allowed in theexercise yard. Minimum fine for exercise yard infractions is $50.00.

It would be normal to have the tenant applicant acknowledge the rules of occupancy as might be contained in the Rules and Regulations of a Condominium Corporation; but access and inspections of the nature mentioned above clearly conflict with the current Landlord Tenant Regulations.

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