Raymond Trudel, a downtown St. John’s man who lost water in his apartment recently, says he’s been given an eviction notice.
He is to be out by April 25 on the basis of rental arrears. He does have some handwritten receipts.
The city has also notified the landlord of an inspection of the property.
“It doesn’t look the best,” Trudel said of his situation. “It is a mess. It is stressful and it’s frustrating.”
Trudel said he called the Landlord Tenancies Division of Service NL and was advised that the landlord has to prove he didn’t pay rent and he has to prove he did. He said he’s trying to obtain receipts from social services, but has nowhere to go if he’s evicted.
Trudel’s water was shut off from April 7-10. City plumbing and building inspectors visited the apartment and determined the water valve for the unit — which is located in a different unit — had been shut off.
The city turned it back on, as a city bylaw states all residential units must be provided with water.
According to Trudel, the water cut out after he had a dispute with his landlord over the allegation of unpaid rent.