I had a landlord who I believe owes me money for several things. The two biggest would be prorated rent and the return of damage deposit. Since I shared a kitchen with this landlord, it is out of the scope of the RTA. This means I would have to take the case to small claims or Civil Resolution Tribunal (because my claim will not exceed $5000).
It is my understanding that such courts are designed to be easily accessible and not intended for lawyers. Several things happened during my tenancy that may make me entitled for damages, but I'm not sure and not sure how much. Therefore I am thinking hiring a lawyer may be a good idea? Some examples of how I think the landlord broke the law in a way I may be entitled damages to:
- he entered my private room without notice (admittedly because a repair man needed to see a pipe though he knew the repair man was coming)
- he wanted me to move out with only 1 weeks notice and threatened to physically remove my belongings and change the locks if I don't
- rented out a shared storage space to an extra tenant who he made a profit from
Is this something a lawyer would help win damages for? Are these even called damages? Unfortunately I didn't have a formal lease, but did have a single email exchange outlining all expectations. It never specified things like like how much notice was needed for landlord to terminate tenancy (though 1 week is just ridiculous).
Part of why I ask this question, do lawyers every say you probably wouldn't be able to win? This would seem bad for their business because they want you to hire them beyond their initial consultation.