A group that represents low-income residents in Cape Breton says dozens of people in the Sydney area are living in slum rentals.
Evan Coole, a member of ACORN [Canada] or the Cape Breton Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, [Canada] has been going door-to-door looking for tenants with complaints.
"It's a fairly big problem," said Coole.
"One out of every three doors we knock on, someone has something that is of grave concern for health, safety, security — and that makes their apartment unlivable."
Coole said most tenants are too afraid to speak out for fear of being evicted, which is one of the reasons ACORN [Canada] members decided to go door-to-door.
"Getting people in their home, they're more comfortable and feel more safe talking about what they're going through," he said.
"Mould, mice, rats, severe water damage, just conditions that are absolutely unfit to live in and people should not be paying to live in."