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Brown works as a custodian at Wolfville Baptist Church. The facility gave him refuge when his power was cut off days before Christmas on Dec. 19. (Jennifer Henderson/CBC)

A man from Wolfville is caught in a dispute between his landlord and the town — a dispute that has cost him his home.  

Peter Brown spent the last month sleeping in a church basement after Wolfville ordered the power company to disconnect two buildings on the same property.

Brown works as a custodian at Wolfville Baptist Church. The facility gave him refuge when his power was cut off days before Christmas on Dec. 19.  

Prior to that, Brown had been living in a converted garage, separate from a big house the town condemned as a dangerous building.

Brown’s bill was paid and his place wasn't part of the order to vacate. The town tried, but failed to reach NS Power in time to keep his power on.

“I just believe that it’s a miscommunication, somehow things got mixed up between people. I would just like to see my power back on so I could get back in there,” he said.

NS Power says it is possible to install a separate, upgraded line to Brown's rental unit.

Wolfville CAO Josh Pyrcz blames the landlord for the problems, although it was town officials who signed the original disconnect order that included Brown's place.

"We are actually right now actively investigating whether it is possible to re-establish that connection. We do need the landlord’s permission to do so. Contacting the landlord has been extremely difficult,” he said.

CBC News' attempts to reach the landlord were also unsuccessful.

Brown’s old home is still boarded up, although he's now staying in a room at the home of a kind stranger.