Court Orders Landlord Pay to $12,000 to Arab Muslim Tenant for ‘Shoe Offense’

Court Orders Landlord Pay to $12,000 to Arab Muslim Tenant for ‘Shoe Offense’

John Alabi, a landlord in Ontario is being forced to pay an Arab Muslim couple $12,000 for failing to provide a home environment conducive to their religious practices.

Walid and Heba Madkour moved into Alabi’s apartment in Dec 2014 but asked to terminate the lease in Feb 2016 over several alleged noise complaints.

Alabi agreed and started showing the apartment to other prospective tenants. Walid and Heba Madkour requested Alabi give them both a 24 hour notice and a 1 hr notice before showing the apartment. Alabi refused as only a 24 hour notice is required by law and Walid was unemployed and always around. That is when Walid and Heba started to feel religiously discriminated against and involving the authorities.

The defendants used material shared by Alabi on Facebook as part of their evidence of his creating a hostile home environment.

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