Evicted Tenant Compensated after Building Boarded Shut

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It's a victory for a tenant who brought attention to sewage flooding the basement of a four-unit home in Windsor.

Randy Mitchell originally sought $2,000 for rent, storage and moving expenses, but accepted the owner's $200 offer at the landlord-tenant tribunal hearing on Thursday instead. He says the big win is the tribunal ordered his old landlord to pay $10,000 towards rent over the next 12-months. 

Mitchell and three other tenants were forced to leave 555 Dougall Ave. in Windsor about a month ago after the city's by-law enforcement office issued an Occupancy Prohibition because of a deficient private sewer.

He was hoping for more to cover the expense of relocating, but, "I did what I had to do to get her a fine and get her place closed up and get it fixed."

Mitchell tells AM800 News he settled for less when it came to moving expenses because he's found a new place to live and just wants to move on.

"You could end up with nothing or you could end up with what I got, so I took what I got and cut my losses and left," says Mitchell.

He just wanted his "absentee landlord" held accountable.

"She has to go in front of the court now and she has to go back to the tribunal for the other tenants, so I'm happy with what came out of it, it's not what I wanted because it was a long drawn out case with her," he added.

The building's owner, Zixi Wang, is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 12 after failing to comply with the city's Unsafe Order following months of back-and-forth with officials concerning repairs to the home.

Wang tells CTV Windsor she is speaking with contractors to fix the problem.

— with files from CTV Windsor.