Toronto Couple Arrested For Allegedly Scamming 8 Landlords For Free Rent
A Toronto couple is facing charges after allegedly participating in a decade-long scam at eight different rental units.
According to Toronto Police Services, the couple — Gary Bachelor and Mandy Chapple of Toronto — would pay first and last month's rent upon moving in, but then stop rent and utility payments altogether.
When taken to the Landlord Tenant Tribunal for early eviction, TPS alleges that "the man and woman would then provide a number of fictitious excuses including loss of employment in order to prolong the eviction."
Once the eviction process was completed, the couple still owed payments to the landlord, but would "continue to seek out another rental property, repeating the same pattern," police say.
Both individuals are facing seven counts of Fraud over $5,000 and two counts of False Pretence.
They are both expected to appear virtually at the Toronto East Court on April 7, 2021.
Rental scams have happened before in Toronto. Just last year, a Toronto scammer tricked 20 people into believing they were renting an apartment when he had no authority to do so, stealing their money through e-transfer.