Rental scam allegations levelled against North York home landlord

Toronto’s rental market is extremely competitive, but for some renters who thought they’d be calling a detached house in North York home, it’s been a nightmare. They say one man has scammed over two dozen people out of thousands of dollars, collecting their rent money but not leaving them with a place to go.

“I start living at this house and from that day I see a bunch of people coming in asking for their room,” said Sohail Ouni, one of the residents living in the home. “They still show my room and say I’m going to leave soon, and I’m like I’m not going to leave soon.”

Ouni was one of the lucky ones who was able to move into his unit, but it didn’t come easy. He gave CityNews a tour of his room, which doubled as a storage unit, housing items of the previous person who was living there.

CityNews was at the home on Wednesday afternoon and evening, and a group of strangers who said they were victims of a rental fraud met, said they were scammed over $6,000 between six of them. Our cameras were also rolling when a student from Japan arrived with his luggage, only to find out someone else was already living in the room he paid $1,200 for.

 

Another student, who flew in from Calgary last Friday, said he paid $1,400 for first and last month’s rent. For days, Ishaq Ahmed said the landlord gave him the runaround, telling him more work needed to be done on his unit and was asked to stay at a hotel, which he would later be compensated for. He did just that, but grew weary and decided to visit the home. That’s when he learned he had been duped.

“I came here and I found all these people who have the same story as mine. They tell me they’ve all been scammed and the guy is no where to be found,” said Ahmed.

Most of the alleged victims were international students and visitors, who said they found the ad for the home on Kijiji and Facebook, and when they confronted the supposed landlord, he went MIA.

CityNews obtained the alleged landlord’s number and tried to call him on Wednesday, but his phone was turned off and his voicemail was full. Sources say the man isn’t the owner of the home, but has been leasing it since earlier this year.

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