Real Estate

Altona woman urges caution after nearly falling victim to real estate scam -

After nearly losing $500 to the Real Estate Scam, an Altona-area woman is urging potential renters to be careful. Lorraine Friesen responded to an online ad for a house available for rent in Altona, and says it seemed legitimate.

“They wanted to know how long I could lease it, one to three years is what they were suggesting. They had the form ready for all of the information that they needed. Everything was there,” she explained, adding the ‘homeowner’ also had a reason for why they weren’t living in the house. “They were doing mission work […] and basically they were not going to sell it (the house), they were just going to rent it.”

She ended up sending an e-transfer for the $500 damage deposit, however her bank flagged the transaction and her money was returned. “They caught it! (I) didn’t lose a penny.” 

“It’s a bit of a

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Quebec woman fighting condo board for right to keep dog that helps with her mental health

A Quebec woman suffering with chronic depression and social anxiety may be forced to give up her dog or move out unless she can prove to her condo board that the dog is an emotional support animal — something experts say is challenging as most provinces, including Quebec, have no standards for this certification.

Sarah Michaud-Allard, 28, adopted Princess — a two-year-old Husky mix — from Montreal’s SPCA in February, after her family doctor recommended she get a dog to help with her declining mental health.

At that point, she’d reached the limit of medication she could take for depression, anxiety and other psychological issues.

“[I was] at my lowest. I’ve been off work for almost a year now because of my mental health,” said Michaud-Allard, sitting on her couch with Princess by her side in her Saint-Jérôme, Que., condo.

As soon as the dog entered her life, things started

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