"I think I was basically made an example of," she told
CBC's Ottawa Morning on Monday. "They want people to
stop complaining, stop kicking up a stink because it
just basically makes them look bad."
began treating Wanda Butt's apartment every two weeks
after her complaints that she encountered hundreds of
roaches a day, couldn't keep food in her cupboards and
the insects had even infested her TV.
Butt said she wrote to every city councillor,
contacted Ottawa Community Housing directly five times
and brought her case to the media.
She began holding back a $360 portion of her $735 a
month rent after she learned that neighbouring
apartments weren't being treated.
That prompted Ottawa Community Housing to apply to
the Landlord and Tenant Board for an eviction.
At a hearing on Oct. 30, the board found:
- The public housing agency acted responsibly in
attempting to treat the bug problem in Butt's unit.
- Butt did not properly document her case.
- She didn't "consistently complain" about the
Butt said she has not yet found a new apartment,
but plans to leave all her belongings behind when she
moves because she is concerned cockroaches stowed away
inside could follow her to her new apartment.
Ottawa Community Housing provides 14,783 homes for
about 32,000 low-income residents in Ottawa. The agency
has complained in the past about a shortage of funds to
repair and maintain its buildings.
Earlier this year, it asked the city for for $6.3
million to remedy backed-up sewage, mouldy walls and
leaky basements arising from maintenance that has been
put off for years.