Saturday 12 October 2013

Autistic Family Being Evicted

An Ottawa family is being threatened with eviction because their son with autism makes too much noise.

The family lives in a condo and the neighbours are complaining about the noise when Logan is jumping on his trampoline.  They were given 7 days to stop the noise or face eviction proceedings.

It's illegal to evict someone because of a disability under the Human Rights' Code.  (I wonder how many tenants are aware of this particular statute?)  However the family is rightfully concerned that the building may become hostile to them even if the landlord backs down.

It makes me glad we own our home and the only one who can put us out of it would be the bank.  Our children are many wonderful things but quiet is not one of them.

Knowing as I do that many families end up giving up their homes to fund therapy, I imagine that many of them end up renting or buying comparatively cheaper condos or townhouses.  How many of them then end up dealing with this exact situation?  When the walls and floors are thin, even a typical child can be a disruptive neighbour.  Add in extended tantrums, stimming, banging, jumping and I can understand the frustration.

However, I do not agree with the eviction proceedings.  I would hope that an explanation would soften the neighbour's anger and bring compassion.  And if it doesn't, then the neighbours should move.  Not the family.

1 comment:

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