‘I’ve got to get out of here,’ he thought, ‘but why should I have to disrupt my life?’
Living in a rental apartment is often a headache, whether because of noise from neighbours above, disfunctional faucets or arbitrary rules set by the landlord.
One man in Burnaby, B.C. recently had a unique experience in his basement rental.
Over the holidays, he woke to find his landlord in bed beside him, having entered the apartment with a master key.
“There is a connecting door that locks but my landlord has the key,” the tenant told the Vancouver Is Awesome website. “He must have unlocked it thinking he was in his part of house. I woke up to find him lying next to me passed out and snoring. I tried to wake him up but he was just out.”
The tenant says the homeowner is always intoxicated, which has led to multiple confrontations over the past year.
The landlord has started arguments over trivial issues when drunk, the tenant told VIA, and has made unfounded accusations about such things as not paying the rent.
“I have to walk on eggshells all the time because he drinks constantly,” he said.
The night in question, the landlord apparently came home from a night of drinking.
As the tenant tried to wake him, “I’m shaking him and thinking, ‘I’ve got to get out of here, ’” he said. “ But why should I have to disrupt my life because he has a booze problem?”
The landlord apologized the next morning, promising to cut back on his drinking and, as a goodwill gesture, he declined the January rent.
But the tenant nonetheless continues to worry about more incidents happening because of drunkenness.
B.C.’s Residential Tenancy Act stipulates that landlords must provide quiet enjoyment to all tenants, and cannot enter a unit without 30 days’ notice — and then only on reasonable grounds, none of which were complied with on the night of the alleged “sleepover.”
The renter is considering his legal options.