Saskatoon landlord still waiting for thousands in rent

The case of a Saskatoon landlord and a tenant who fell behind on rent payments may be re-opened.

The Indian Act originally blocked the landlord from collecting her rent payments

Erin Perehudoff says the tenant left the home filthy. (CBC)

The case of a Saskatoon landlord and a tenant who fell behind on rent payments may be re-opened. 

Erin Perehudoff rented a home to Michelle Arcand in November of last year. Within months Arcand fell behind on payments. Perehudoff said her property was also ruined, with damage and garbage left behind. 

The landlord was awarded arrears and Arcand was ordered to leave and pay over three thousand dollars in damage by the Office of Residential Tenancies. After that, however, it turns out she did not have to pay, and she never showed up to the Rentalsman hearing in June. 
Erin Perehudoff says her property was ruined, with damage and garbage left behind. (Erin Perehudoff/submitted to CBC)

Arcand's employer is the Saskatchewan Indian and Gaming Authority.  Under Section 89 of the Indian Act it is illegal for anyone off reserve to seize wages earned by a person on-reserve. 

Now there are new claims. Arcand said she never received any notification in the first place about a hearing with the Rentalsman. Her lawyer says she never had a chance to tell her story.

If that is the case it could re-open this dispute to another hearing. 

"If they rule in her favour and the case is re-opened, again, she's already claimed status Indian, she says she works on-reserve, so what can there be changed?" Perehudoff told CBC news. "I don't know. Nothing."

Arcand refused to comment. Her lawyer denies all claims against his client. 

The Rentalsman says it will deliver its decision next week. 


To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.