Tenant living without tub, shower or sink

Susan Doey, 56, is desperate to find a new place after living without a full washroom since April...

Susan Doey, 56, is desperate to find a new place after living without a full washroom since April 2012 despite allegedly complaining to her landlord several times. (DIANA MARTIN/QMI AGENCY)

Bob Boughner, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:33 AM ET

CHATHAM, ONT. - She has no tub, shower or sink, but living without a toilet for two weeks was the last straw.

Susan Doey told QMI Agency she had to buy a new toilet with her rent money and has refused to pay rent to the landlord - a Catholic priest in London, Ont. - since August.

"I just can't take any more," the 56-year-old woman said. "I'm not allowed to use the basement or the backyard. I've had to store my stuff in boxes in the bedroom and sleep on a couch in the living room."

Doey said she lost her house after an 11-year relationship ended and now relies on social assistance to help pay the $540 a month to rent half a house on Forest Street.

She said the landlord sent a young man to the apartment in April to make repairs to the bathroom.

"He gutted the room and removed some black mould," she said. "And the insulation he removed got into everything including my food. And so did the mice - they were everywhere."

Doey said she would like to take her landlord to court but is reluctant to spend the $40 required to obtain the necessary forms.

She said the landlord is now trying to evict her.

"I'm looking for another place but can't find one," she said.

Calls to the landlord were not returned. A woman in the priest's office said, "He's not talking to the press."

Doey said she's contemplating taking the bus to London and parading in front of his church on a Sunday morning.

bob.boughner@sunmedia.ca


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