Parkdale tenants granted stay of eviction by Landlord and Tenant Board

September 26, 2018
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Toronto Star

Vulnerable Parkdale seniors facing eviction from the property they've resided at for years won't have to move out by the end of the month after all.

The Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) has agreed to grant requests filed on behalf of Cesar Bonilla and Melissa Bourque to stay their voluntary eviction notices, which the tenants say they signed without fully understanding the implications of doing so. A hearing for the matter will ultimately determine if there are grounds to evict the tenants.

The decision comes following the publication of the story about the evictions last week detailing the tenants' anxieties over facing eviction from the units they've inhabited in some cases for over two decades. In her stay request Bourque, who is undergoing treatment for terminal cancer, fears she will be homeless if eviction is granted.

But the intervention by the LTB means the tenants, including Bonilla’s roommate Marko Mejia, can stay in their units at 1336 King St. W. beyond Oct. 1, which was the date they were legally required to move out as per the eviction notice.

The hearing is scheduled for Oct. 25 at 9:30 a.m. for the LTB to hear the tenants' appeal for the evictions. Until then at least, the tenants can remain in their homes.

Last week, Bonilla and Bourque, supported by members of the tenant advocacy group Parkdale Organize, travelled to landlord Marina Grmusa's suburban residence in Mississauga to discuss the evictions and get her to accept their rent cheques for October, which were returned last week.

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