GTA landlords struggle to evict man from 11 luxury homes he’s rented out as rooming houses

Article Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/gta-landlords-struggle-to-evict-man-from-11-luxury-homes-he-s-rented-out-as-rooming-houses-1.5692637

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Nearly a dozen landlords in the Greater Toronto Area are struggling, or have struggled, to evict the same tenant from their single-family homes after he turned each of their properties into an illegal rooming house for up to 20 people — and stopped paying rent. The tenant, Arif Adnan Syed, is facing 11 fraud-related charges for allegedly using fake identification documents in his applications to rent houses in Richmond Hill and Markham. None of the allegations have been proven in court. Those criminal charges, and evidence that Syed has rented out at least 11 homes as rooming houses — which are illegal, according to the cities’ bylaws — have done nothing to help the landlords evict Syed.