Tenant awakens to find drunk landlord snoring in bed beside him

‘I have to get out of here,’ he thought, ‘but why should I disturb my life?’

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Living in a rented apartment is often a headache, whether it’s noise from upstairs neighbors, broken faucets, or arbitrary rules from the landlord.

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A man in Burnaby, BC recently had a unique experience in his basement rental.

During the holidays he woke up to find his landlord in bed next to him, who had entered the apartment with a master key.

“There is a connecting door that has a lock, but my landlord has the key,” the tenant told the Vancouver Is Awesome website. “He must have unlocked it because he thought he was in his part of the house. I woke up to find him passed out and snoring next to me. I tried to wake him up but he was just outside.”

The tenant says the homeowner is consistently drunk, which has led to several altercations over the past year.

The landlord started drunken arguments over petty matters, the tenant told VIA, and he has made baseless allegations, including non-payment of rent.

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“I have to walk on eggshells all the time because he’s drinking all the time,” he said.

On the night in question, the landlord apparently came home from a night of drinking.

When the tenant tried to wake him, “I shook him and I was like, ‘I have to get out of here, ‘” he said. “ But why should I have to disrupt my life because he has a drinking problem?”

The landlord apologized the next morning and promised to limit his drinking, and as a gesture of goodwill he turned down the January rent.

Nevertheless, the tenant continues to fear that there could be further incidents due to drunkenness.

BC’s Residential Tenancy Act requires landlords to offer all tenants a quiet treat and not enter a dwelling without 30 days’ notice – and then only for valid reasons, neither of which was complied with on the night of the alleged “sleeping night”. .

The tenant checks his legal options.

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