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Family’s struggle for clean housing shines spotlight on gaps facing mentally ill tenants

A St. John’s man with mental illness has been removed from his squalid apartment, a move that comes as vindication for him and his family but also shines a spotlight on the increasing challenges between local landlords and tenants with mental illness.

On Sept. 23, Dolores Moore told CBC News her brother’s apartment on Bay Bulls Road needed to be condemned, with its bathroom covered in mould, its toilet and ceiling leaking. There was also a bedbug infestation this summer, she said.

Forty-eight hours later, on Friday afternoon, inspectors showed up at the property and officials from both the City of St. John’s and the provincial government issued an order to vacate, with the city’s order calling the apartment “unfit for habitation” and “an immediate health hazard.”

“I am grateful to the city inspector and the public health official for validating what Bob and I have been saying,” Moore said.

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