A Halifax man who battled cancer — and won — is losing his fight with the Metro Regional Housing Authority.

Ray Briand, 65, has lived at Prince Manor in northend Halifax for three years — but now he’s looking for a new place to live.

He has a small pension and lives in a modest one bedroom apartment on the top floor of Prince Manor. 

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The old and worn parquet floor tiles near Briand's front door make it difficult to open. (CBC)

Briand has a number of complaints about his apartment, complaints he said are not being addressed by the building owners, the Metro Regional Housing Authority.

He said he has had a leaking shower since he moved in that is so bad, tenants below him have complained of water in their apartment.

“Three years I’ve been telling them something should be done,” said Briand.

“I just can't live here anymore.” 

Briand said he has had enough. 

He said Metro Regional Housing Authority has been to his apartment to make some repairs but he said they're not doing the work that's needed.

“I called them up at the office, asked them to do repair. They come over and they do a little bit of patchwork and then you explain to them what the major problem is and I’ll they want to do is patchwork, they don’t want to actually do anything. The shower’s been leaking, running down through the hallway, as you can see, and it’s going down to the apartment below me,” he said.

Briand said he's been told it's his improperly-positioned shower curtain, or a lack of caulking that's causing the problem. But he said he knows how to shower. Instead, he thinks it's a problem inside the wall.

“She's leaking from the drain or somewhere around the tile coming back through here and out into the hallway and closet,” said Briand. 

The water is causing the tiles in his closet on the other side of the wall to lift — tiles that were doing the same thing months ago and were fixed.

Mildew is also a problem in the closet and the kitchen. A malfunctioning ventilation system is on the list of problems.

“All they did was take the grate off [the kitchen fan] and clean it but as you can see the mildew and stuff like that is still there but nobody came in with a vacuum or anything trying to vacuum it,” he said.

Briand also said his heat doesn't work properly. 

He has also been told there's asbestos in the ceiling, which was especially concerning when part of the ceiling collapsed. 

“It took them over six months before they came out and tried to patch it,” he said.

Briand beat cancer six years ago. He said the air quality in his apartment makes it difficult to breathe. He said he can breathe a lot easier when he’s away from the apartment. 

In an emailed response to CBC Janet Burt-Gerrans issued the following comment to Briand’s concerns: 

“Housing Authorities take maintenance concerns of their tenants seriously. Just like any landlord, we strive to respond in a timely manner. Tenants are encouraged to raise concerns and report maintenance issues directly with their property manager,” she stated.

In the meantime, Briand is continuing his search for a new place to live.