But MacDonald says he’s got it good compared to neighbouring families whose bathrooms will flood once a week; rather than taking care of the problem once and for all, the landlord’s “cheap, band-aid solutions” result in the water in the building is shut off for maintenance on a regular basis, according to MacDonald. For the amount of rent the tenants pay—$1,330 for a three-bedroom apartment in MacDonald’s case—such neglect is inexcusable. When ACORN knocked on MacDonald’s door recently and asked what issues he saw with the building, he realized that his problems were shared by a whole community.
Theresa, single mother of two young girls, first approached ACORN herself, fed up with her living situation. Even though she isn’t part of the Jane and Finch community, she is facing the same issues. “I live in the Toronto Community Housing in the East Mall area and have to deal with mold, roaches and bedbugs.”
As a result, Theresa has had to throw out clothes and furniture, do laundry constantly and is scared to fall asleep knowing that the bugs are in the room somewhere. All this is costing money, money that she doesn’t have. And just as with MacDonald, her landlord is not investing in a sustainable solution. “Someone sprayed the apartment but the bedbugs came back”, Theresa says. “The only reason I’m still there is because I can’t afford to move.”
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