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Technology This N.S. landlord is out thousands from one tenant — and he's not alone

13:35  03 october  2019
13:35  03 october  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

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a man sitting at a table: Landlord Jason Selby sits in his Cole Harbour, N.S., business, Selby's Bunker.© Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Landlord Jason Selby sits in his Cole Harbour, N.S., business, Selby's Bunker.

Jason Selby never wanted to rent out his home in Cole Harbour, N.S., but the entrepreneur needed cash to help get his new café and gift shop off the ground.

When he met Nadav Evenhar and his family, he thought he'd found the perfect tenants.

"They rolled up in a BMW and Audi. They presented a credit report with a high score. Their references checked out and they have two young children, so I thought that … it would be wonderful to be able to have the home used for a family," Selby said.

Evanhar signed a 12-month, fixed-term lease for the home at 11 Clermont Cres. with rent at $2,000 per month, beginning in May.

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But since June 1, Selby said he's never been paid.

The postdated rent cheques were written from closed bank accounts.

Selby said he's stuck in a legal morass that's left him unable to access his home.

"I can't believe ... that's my reality. Like, I can't believe that I am paying for a home that I own and have owned for years and that I physically can't go into without permission," he said.

"I can't even begin to describe what it feels like to be rendered homeless from this situation."

Coffee shop dreams

Jason Selby is in his early 30s and has owned his home in Cole Harbour for almost a decade.

The business graduate from St. Mary's University spent several years working across Canada selling inventory for gift shops, but he eventually spotted an opportunity in Cole Harbour's commercial landscape.

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"I can't be the only one that doesn't enjoy spending an hour to go to downtown Dartmouth to get a coffee ... so the idea of coffee and gifts I thought fit well together," Selby said.

a large brick building with grass in front of a house: Nadav Evenhar signed a 12-month, fixed-term lease for Selby's home on Clermont Crescent in Cole Harbour.© Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Nadav Evenhar signed a 12-month, fixed-term lease for Selby's home on Clermont Crescent in Cole Harbour.

His business, Selby's Bunker, is anything but bunker-like. It features big windows, high ceilings with high-design café tables and chairs, and a wall of coffee-themed gifts.

But bringing the building up to commercial standards cost Selby over $100,000 more than his initial estimate.

Now he's carrying that debt, plus the mortgage on his home, with no rent to cover it off.

"Oh my gosh, stressed beyond belief ... I can't even begin to describe how it feels," he said.

Eviction evasion

With Evanhar $8,000 dollars behind in rent and the bounced rent cheques as proof, Selby obtained an eviction order on Sept. 3.

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Evenhar immediately appealed to Nova Scotia's Residential Tenancies board and the eviction was stayed until a court hearing on Sept. 23.

Selby said Evenhar did not attend the hearing and the eviction notice was upheld.

But when Selby removed Evenhar's belongings from the home on Sept. 29, Evenhar called the police.

a sign above a store: Bringing the building up to commercial standards cost Jason Selby over $100,000 more than his initial estimate.© Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Bringing the building up to commercial standards cost Jason Selby over $100,000 more than his initial estimate.

"The police came, and they didn't accept my notice of vacant possession, and they actually allowed him to ... enter the property through the basement window, and then they helped him move his things in," Selby said.

A spokesperson for Nova Scotia's Justice Department said Evenhar went back to the court before the decision by the Residential Tenancies board was reflected in the computer.

Another stay order was issued, which the spokesperson said was a mistake.

Once the court admitted the stay order was issued in error, Selby moved fast.

Sheriffs evicted Evenhar and his family on Tuesday morning, but by Wednesday, the family was back in the home.

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Evenhar has appealed his eviction to the Nova Scotia Supreme Court and is now safe from eviction until the court date on Oct. 11.

Facebook fury

Selby has written several Facebook posts about the ordeal.

"I invite you to share this widely so that other landlords can beware (sic) and protect themselves," he wrote on Sept. 29.

That's when Selby heard from Lori Sampson of Cole Harbour. She'd rented her home at 60 Tamara Dr. to Evenhar in August 2018.

She said he also gave her rent cheques from a closed bank account.

a close up of text on a white background: With Evanhar $8,000 behind in rent, Selby obtained an eviction order using the bounced rent cheques as proof.© Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation With Evanhar $8,000 behind in rent, Selby obtained an eviction order using the bounced rent cheques as proof.

"Then he would give story after story about trying to get this money wired to him from overseas, and his company had a lien on him and so you never got any money out of him," Sampson said.

She said Evenhar was charged with fraud for activating a bank card he stole from her mail, and paying nearly $2,000 on his cellphone bill.

"Nadav had not paid me one cent to rent my home, and was a complete nightmare to deal with," Sampson wrote in a complaint letter she drafted at the request of the RCMP.

Court records show Nadav Joseph Evenhar has several convictions for both theft and fraud.

He's currently being sentenced for an assault charge.

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Other landlords complain

CBC News contacted two other landlords with remarkably similar stories about Evenhar.

Jaro Schubert owns a café and Airbnb in Fall River, N.S. He said Evenhar owes him nearly $5,000 for rent and food dating back to this spring.

Schubert said Evenhar told him they had a flood in their home and were having problems with the insurance company and contractors.

Another landlord, who asked not to be named, put the family up in his home for several months this year. He said he never saw the $350 monthly rent he was promised.

Evenhar's response

CBC News contacted Evenhar via email.

He declined to answer questions about his dealings with Selby, Sampson or Schubert.

"I can tell you this much that if anything sirs (sic) you and the station will be receiving a law suit (sic) immediately as Jason is," Evenhar wrote.

The ordeal has taught Selby a lot.

"I've certainly learned a lot about our justice system, how little support there is for landlords who are in this situation and how easy it is for criminals to take advantage of laws and use them to cover themselves," he said.

"I think it is so important that this has been put out there so that people can be aware and we can look out for each other."

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