A local man was in the news today because he faces eviction from his apartment even though he did nothing wrong.
Drywaller Andrew McLean, 53, had arranged for his disability cheques to go directly to his landlord to ensure his rent was paid on time. But when those cheques stopped arriving, Ontario’s Social Assistance Management System (SAMS) prevented new ones from being issued quickly.
Now his landlord has successfully argued for an eviction order for late-payment of rent, though McLean’s disability benefits caseworker admits it’s the government’s fault the cheques weren’t getting there on time.
Realstar, McLean’s landlord, owns the building at 35 King.