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There’s “no price tags” on the doors of Newfoundland — or screens on the windows for that matter. Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation does not provide screens for the windows or doors on their rental properties. Are you kidding me?

The Residents Handbook states:

Page 20 — “Windows and ventilation. Well-vented rooms are easier to heat and keep clean. The fresh air which can help

provide the necessary ventilation for your home is available to you just by opening your windows, so it is a good idea to use this method at least once a day and freshen the air in your home. Also, changing the air will make it easier to heat your home. However, if your windows are left open during rain or snow and damage occurs, you will be held responsible.”

Page 17 — “Pest control. All NLHC tenants are expected to take basic pest control and prevention steps (i.e., proper storage of food, proper storage/disposal of garbage, use of pest sprays and baits where appropriate, etc.). All suspected pest issues must be immediately reported to a housing administration officer. If it is determined by NLHC that treatment is required, the tenant must co-operate as necessary to resolve the issue. This may include allowing access and accommodating schedules of NLHC staff and/or any service providers deemed necessary by NLHC. Failure to report pest issues in a timely manner could cost you money. If it is determined that tenant negligence and/or failure to report, prepare, co-operate or allow access for treatment, charges may be applied to the rental account. Example of such pests include: ants, bees/wasps, cockroaches, fleas, rodents (mice/rats), bed bugs, etc.”

Well, that makes sense so far.

Page 23 — “Storms and screens. NLHC does not provide or maintain storm doors or window screens. It is possible, however, that your home may have these items. The only service we will provide is removal of storm doors should they become damaged.”

Excuse me? You want me to open the windows with no screens to let in “ants, bees/wasps, cockroaches, fleas, rodents (mice/rats), bed bugs, etc.” Not to mention the possibility of young children falling out of this open window.

Come on, people. Even Third World countries put screening on their windows. Health Canada accepts this?

There are slum lords everywhere, but you would think the provincial government would set a better example than this.

Sylvia J. Wilson

Harbour Grace

Organizations: Newfoundland and Labrador Housing, Third World, Health Canada

Geographic location: Newfoundland

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  • Reality Cheque
    August 21, 2013 - 16:30

    The problem is that screens become damged too easily. If you put them in the house, the tenants will destroy them and not replace them. The landlord will also have to replace them all too frequently. Often times tenants will steal (or have stolen on them) anything that is not tied or nailed down, including screens. While the landlord can put them in and say the tenant is responsible, the possibility of collecting off someone who is low-income is next to nil. The tenant can easily go to the dollar store to pick up a screen/mesh sheet to tack up.