On January 13, 2015, Daniel Tucker-Simmons, an articling student at RavenLaw, won a case before the Landlord and Tenant Board on behalf of ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now). ACORN has been fighting for years to improve housing conditions in the low – mid income areas in Ottawa for its members and others.
The case involved a landlord’s failure to repair a 150-meter stretch of walkway which had fallen into disrepair, creating a serious safety hazard for residents. Despite years of repair requests by residents, including ACORNmember Mavis Finnamore, prior landlords and the current landlords did not repair the walkway.
After Ms. Finnamore filed an application with the Board, RavenLaw provided Daniel’s services to represent ACORN member Mavis Finnamore at the Board hearing. Daniel’s victory before the Board means that the landlord will have to pay to fix the walkway. The victory is also the latest in a series of big wins for ACORN’s housing justice campaign, which stretches back to 2011 and has helped residents achieve over $200,000 in rent abatements and repair work.
Read more about the case on ACORN’s blog.