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Embattled rent-to-own company facing heavy scrutiny

A rent-to-own company that tenants, investors, contractors and home sellers say has thrown them into financial and emotional turmoil is facing millions of dollars in lawsuits.

People involved with Golden Oaks Rent 2 Own Canada claim they've suffered losses

CBC News has spoken to several people connected with Golden Oaks Rent 2 Own Canada and its owner, Jean-Claude Lacasse. Some of them claim they've suffered financial losses and emotional strain. (CBC)

A rent-to-own company that tenants, investors, contractors and home sellers say has thrown them into financial and emotional turmoil is facing millions of dollars in lawsuits.

Golden Oaks Enterprises and its owner, Jean-Claude Lacasse, are facing more than $2 million in lawsuits. (CBC)

Golden Oaks Rent 2 Own Canada, owned by Jean-Claude Lacasse, promised tenants they can rent their way toward future home ownership.

But as the CBC's Ashley Burke reported, many people tied to Lacasse's company claim they've been ripped off.

He's since been evicted from his office space and is facing at least 10 lawsuits from 18 people claiming more than $2 million in damages. The court has since ordered the firm Doyle Salewski as receivers for Golden Oaks and have seized its assets.

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