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Fake landlord takes cash from international students

Convict David Messina sublets condos while not paying rent to owners

A B.C. condo owner is fighting to get her downtown Vancouver property out of the hands of a convicted criminal who posed as a tenant and leased her suite, then turned around and rented it out to several students from Japan and Korea — while not paying rent to her.

"He rents it to like five people at a time," owner Elisabeth Fox said. "He puts two people in the den, two people in the bedroom and one person in the living room. And he's not living there."

"It's a terrible situation," she added. "I don't get paid. I have to pay a mortgage out of my pocket, and these young students ... live like rabbits in this place. He keeps on showing it to other people, and he keeps on stuffing people in there."

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