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I won the hearing and he indeed owed me my full security deposit and a fine for breaking the rules. This was last December, and having still not seen my deposit I filed with Small Claims, where he did not attend all three hearings resulting in a warrant issued for his arrest. I still have yet to see my money.
I am not the only one. I know that every tenant at a second property left town (due to the foreign nature of workers here) without seeing their security deposits ever again. Airplanes and work visas do not wait for tenant's security deposits and their arbitration hearings and he knows this.
And this man is free to re-offend on a new set of unwitting victims. The trend doesn't stop with this man and so I commend you on instigating changes in the residential tenancy system.
One fair system is the New Zealand Tenancy Tribunal, which acts as a third-party mediator for rental situations. At the beginning of a tenancy the security deposit is sent to the tribunal to hold. The ball is not in the landlord's court as to whether the tenant will ever see or file for a hearing for their deposit back. At the end of the tenancy, if there are no disputes or breaches of the tenancy by either party, the deposit is returned to the tenant from the tribunal and clearly the landlord can not invest the deposit amount personally at any time.
And surely such a system is less taxing on the community and the RTO to arbitrate.
One of the great ones
On Dec. 1st I moved. And I just have to say, in regards to the recent discussions on landlords, the landlord that I just had was so great that I had to write in about him. Jamie Pike is a great landlord. He's already got a new tenant who is lucky to have him as a landlord.
Thanks again Jamie.
Regarding the housing shortage in Whistler for seasonal workers: Many have been looking since early October and still unable to find housing. If these people were to go to Pemberton to live how would they get back and forth to their jobs? Many of these workers do not have cars and have two or more jobs. Many of them have nighttime jobs at local establishments. The bus does not run late at night, so how do these people get from A to B? A car pool is great if they know the local residents and don't have conflicting schedules. Hitch hike? Not the best solution in this day and age.