Alberta Landlords Association

Tenants not surprised landlord fined for Health and Safety Act violations

July 2011

A Calgary landlord is being fined a record $207,000 under the Public Health Act.  The government stated this is due to numerous health and safety violation at several of their rental properties.

One of the lanldord’s tenants says the record fine handed to this Calgary landlord and his spouse “will be a drop in the bucket for the pair.” 

The Calgary Herald story explains how Wendy Boccinfuso has been living in a two-bedroom house on Edmonton Trail since October. The property is owned by Albert Kwok Kwong Wong, who was ordered to pay a record $207,000 fine under the Public Health Act for numerous health and safety violations at six other rental properties.

Jacky Augustin, 28, has been living below Boccinfuso in a one-bedroom basement suite for about a year. He said there’s black mould everywhere and he had to battle Wong to repair a leak coming from upstairs.

“The roof collapsed in the washroom because there was too much water,” explained Augustin. “It took him two months to fix it.”

Both Boccinfuso and Augustin are in the market looking for other places to live.  Both are clear they won’t rent from Wong again.

“I hope this is a wake up call for landlords and a wake up call for renters to stand up for themselves because we have rights,” explains Boccinfuso. “If you want a good tenant, you need to be a good landlord.”

The Landlord Albert Wong refused to comment on the situation.

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