Elderly Windsor woman suffering apartment woes

Mary Bezeau, 77, has spent the past couple weeks sleeping on her sister's couch. Bezeau was initially supposed to move into her apartment October 1.

A woman's apartment is still not fixed despite promises from landlord

Mary Bezeau, 77, has spent the past couple weeks sleeping on her sister's couch because her landlord has not repaired her apartment. (Meg Roberts/CBC)

Mary Bezeau's apartment still has no running water. The flooring has been torn up and electrical wiring remains exposed on her walls.

The 77 year-old woman has spent the past couple weeks sleeping on her sister's couch because she can't get her landlord to finish repairing her apartment.

Bezeau was initially supposed to move into her apartment October 1. That was months after her landlord promised to renovate her second story apartment at 11873 Tecumseh Rd. E.

Bezeau says she has spent at least $3,000 of her own money fixing up the apartment because management will not fix it.

"Send somebody here to do the work and I am not going to pay for it because there is no way I am going to put out big money for somebody else's building. Its just not fair," Bezeau said.

She also says the paint job was done poorly. She's now paid for two month's rent and says the experience has been heartbreaking for her.

Struggling to find help

Anna Colombo is a lawyer with Legal Assistance in Windsor. She says they see this sort of situation all the time. However she says there are steps Bezeau can take.

"Make sure you have contacted the landlord in writing, making sure you explain the situation clearly and provide them with a deadline to respond," said Colombo. "You can also contact the city and ask for a property standards bylaw officer to come and inspect the unit."

Colombo says can contact the landlord to find an informal resolution or they can impose fines. Then there is always the Landlord and Tenant Board, if no solution is found.

CBC News contacted Skyline Apartment, the owners of the building. The company says there has been some miscommunication.

A spokesperson says they are currently speaking with Bezeau to investigate the issue and are working to get the problem resolved.