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Expat couple ordered to vacate apartment over non-payment

Despite an eviction notice, a couple in East End allegedly refused to comply or pay rent to their landlord. Photo:
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Magistrate Ayanna O. Baptiste-DaBreo gave an expat couple one month to evacuate an East End apartment after their landlord took them before the court for non-payment.

Ursuline Joseph said she rented her apartment to a man from Romania and a Guyanese woman in February 2019.

She said since then her life has been in turmoil as they are not honouring their contract to pay her a monthly fee of over $1,000.

According to the elderly landlord, because of their unwillingness to pay their rent, the man’s boss had to intervene and pay her from his salary.

The landlord; however, issued an eviction notice in May because the payments stopped coming. She said the male tenant’s boss told her the couple was old enough to honour their commitments.

The frustrated senior expressed to the court that, despite the notice, the couple never left the apartment and they have not paid her for remaining there either.

Scared & emotionally distressed

“I am so scared, and I am emotionally distressed,” Joseph lamented when she made an appearance on September 25, 2019 before the Magistrate’s Court.

She said the matter had been reported to the police, but no charges were been laid against the pair.

She said she wants the couple evicted promptly.

Mr Stephen R. Daniels, the lawyer representing the duo, said his clients “just want a month to leave.”

Magistrate DaBreo said she was granting them one month to vacate the premises.

“I have to give them sufficient time to leave legally,” she told the upset Landlord.

The magistrate then informed that the pair must leave by October 24, 2019 and if the rent is not paid, they would have to go through a trial.

40 Responses to “Expat couple ordered to vacate apartment over non-payment”

  • Guyanese Right (02/10/2019, 07:54) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply


  • OZYMANDIAS (02/10/2019, 08:28) Like (26) Dislike (46) Reply
    You know why I don't feel sorry for Mrs. Joseph? Locals and other would have liked the apartment but mist likely were turned away. You see that Romanian white face and you though oh yea i def getting my money. You should have rented to local we would have made sure rent paid even if a little late.
  • pete (02/10/2019, 08:38) Like (38) Dislike (2) Reply
    a lot more people need going before the have to pay the bank... and these people living for free like the place is a joke..and the bank aint giving you the landlord a break....
    • OZYMANDIAS (02/10/2019, 13:33) Like (15) Dislike (15) Reply
      Banks need stop giving your stupid behinds loans based on projected apt rentals. That's why almost all the people who approve those loans AREN'T EMPLOYED AT THE BANKS ANYMORE. Renting apt is for ADDITIONAL INCOME you're suppose to be able to pay your mortgage EVEN IF NOTHING IS RENTED.
      • @OZ (02/10/2019, 18:58) Like (10) Dislike (4) Reply
        Facttttttttttt!! N half of these lands lords does collect rent! And dont fix up them place so ppl cant live comfortable!’
  • Uncle (02/10/2019, 08:45) Like (39) Dislike (0) Reply
    Is Ms. Joseph going to receive the rent that is owed to her? If not the court proceedings was a complete and utter waste of time.
  • Disgusting (02/10/2019, 08:47) Like (58) Dislike (1) Reply
    So the elderly landlord is out of approximately $6,000 rent (April- September) and the dishonest tenant now has the court given right to remain ( unprovoked) until October? I understand the judges limitations but it appears that the system needs some serious adjustments. Obviously the male Romanian tenant has the ability to pay as he is working. I assume the Guyanese woman is also working. If not, lucky she. But the landlord has to go through financial hardships whilst the two spend her earned rent on other things. What hurts as a reader is that whilst these persons names are on public record only the landlord and her attorney's name are published. Think land lords in BVI need to know the names of these cheats.
  • Hot one (02/10/2019, 08:51) Like (37) Dislike (1) Reply
    Why weren't they told to leave immediately - no pay, no stay!
    • Struppes (02/10/2019, 16:57) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      Yeah, tell them to leave and they are obedient tenants who would go packing. Like it so easy. Any fool can determine that the woman exhausted every effort within her power to get them out, why you think she took them to court? Ayo just like to blog crap without thinking.
  • Landlady from Hell (02/10/2019, 09:00) Like (26) Dislike (1) Reply
    Trust me. They would have already been locked out long time.
  • oh ho (02/10/2019, 09:15) Like (31) Dislike (0) Reply
    These are not the type of expats that we need in the BVI
  • Lord o (02/10/2019, 09:20) Like (33) Dislike (2) Reply
    I wonder why they weren't paying. There must be a reason... Then again they should either pay or leave no matter what... Shouldn't had to end up in court... The embarrassment!
  • i from here (02/10/2019, 09:30) Like (9) Dislike (27) Reply
    This is why I only rent to locals!
  • Car Rental Company (02/10/2019, 09:36) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    I know this couple OH TOOOOO WELL!!!
  • The TRUTH (02/10/2019, 09:48) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply

    You aint got no son to b**t in them tail part?

    • Fran (04/10/2019, 20:23) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ The TRUTH...So you want her son to beat them up, he goes to jail, now she has to bail him out, pay a lawyer? Does this even sound reasonable to you?
  • Not th end (02/10/2019, 09:56) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply

    More hurtful is the fact that someone did the very same thing to their previous landlady before coming under false pretence to rent from an elderly landlady, except the previous landlady got her money from the boss after tenant left without paying.

    God help whoever this new landlord is who take them in this time.

  • Interesting (02/10/2019, 10:09) Like (25) Dislike (0) Reply
    Can you imagine they could afford high profile lawyer and cannot pay the woman her rent?? what was the lawyer for?? to say they do not owe and let them walk away but not before fulling up his pocket with the landlord money?? Them lawyers me buoy!!!
  • Local (02/10/2019, 10:43) Like (17) Dislike (2) Reply
    this is very sad.

    #1 Person are under paid/Don't even have a proper job meaning they get sponsored but no work for them they searching

    #2 Some rents are beyond control / too expensive

    #3 BVI need prayers. Prayer for Financial Help, Food Expenses Rent & Bills Expenses

    So imagine the locals who are suffering when Expats are same way!! yet everyday They bringing in person into our little country to do job like Cashier, waitress, stock shelf, bartender? for what reason when there's many expats here out of job plus locals.

    BVI Government please look into these things URGENTLY!!!!
  • :) (02/10/2019, 11:06) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    That situation would have been handled long time ago. If having no water and power didn't chase them away. Moving their stuff to the yard and putting new tenants in the same day. This is common sense matter. If you cant pay rent you need to go. This is a reasonable action for any sensible person. You do need time to leave the premises but if you are owing rent and still in the premises for months then you are just plain out being malicious.
  • Concern for the BVI (02/10/2019, 11:17) Like (27) Dislike (2) Reply

    People, after these two (2) leave the lady house on Oct. 24th, DO NOT rent them your house. The two (2) of them need to go back where they came from. They expect to live in people houses for free here?
    I rent Apartments and it couldn't have been any of mine they were living in for free. The Court would have had to lock my a$$ up because they weren't shutting their eyes in my place for free. What the hell they think it is? No shame neither of them have.
    That white guy has a bad behavior and he is very prejudice and he picked up a straight hair Guyanese who is also prejudice. They would better not come around me with that shit because they would get exactly what they're looking for.
    We don't want no foreign Bums in our country, they need to go from here ASAP.

  • Plane ride (02/10/2019, 11:44) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    Take ya hell they don't lift off in a plane from here and then no money no trial. The things that we local landlord does have to go through with some of these expats at times. Thing about it is they always thing they always want to be wrong and strong.
  • Well Well (02/10/2019, 12:07) Like (13) Dislike (8) Reply
    Well well…. Look at all the prejudice commands here.
    This story sounds like its missing information.
    Some land lords in the BVI are monsters; just want they rent and not fix anything, rise rent for no good reason. As a foreign you just have to take it cause as bvi islander says “you not from here, to get out” (mentality). There are always two sides to a story.
    Furthermore, isn’t it illegal to demand someone boss to withdraw money from their pay? Or it’s ok because said person is an expat, and they can be treated like dirty, and on one cares.
  • No feeling (02/10/2019, 13:35) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Some people have no feelings for landlords even those who try their best with them. They wip up all kind of lies with a straight face. If it's not for God's grace many landlords would have find them selves in trouble. Let's be fair and put away the deception.

    Many landlords I know are straight up and upfront with tenants even before they get the apartment. Yet tenants try to take them for a ride. Being honest is the best many times they try to help in some situation. Be honest that's all
  • Captain (02/10/2019, 14:42) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Doesn't the couples boss have a obligation to ensure the expats that are hired abide by local law?
    • Wait (02/10/2019, 15:41) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      wait a minute, ursuline joseph is a SENIOR? an elderly?
      • Thought (02/10/2019, 21:59) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply

        I’m a LL and have very nice and modern apartment and people still try to get away with stuff. Put their stuff outside and change your locks. Point blank period.

        • Former landlord of the dreaded couple (05/10/2019, 16:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          That’s the problem. The tenants seem to have more rights than the land lord and if you call the police they tell you so much nonsense. You cannot just put out their things out because they can claim they had more than they really did.

          That couple need to get their act together. Seems like they expect people here to put them up for free.
  • eastChick (02/10/2019, 15:39) Like (10) Dislike (6) Reply
    First of all. Ms Joseph aint nobody to rent from! 2nd of all, what was the condition of this lease? next, what are the conditions of the apartment? She always scared to witts about every damn thing! you deceive people, people will deceive you. The world round.
    • Take this back (02/10/2019, 16:13) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply

      Who is this East Chick? You certainly don't know this woman, Ms Joseph. Have you seen the woman house since hurricane Irma and Maria? One of the best renovated house in the area.

      You don't know that woman place, she has been renting apartment as long as I can remember, since in the 90's.

      You need to check it out. A very good and reasonable lady. I do not remember this woman having any trouble with tenants nor public. Get to find out. Maybe you need to rent from her too. If I didn't have my house she is one person I would rent from. As far as I know she was even renting furnish apartment. 

  • Legal question? (02/10/2019, 16:06) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Does a Magistrate have power to issue a possession order?
  • To wait (02/10/2019, 16:17) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Yes me buoy, they say she is SENIOR and ELDERLY. I guess that sea water product she use to sell on TV keep her as a youth while she is a senior.. I must buy some of it if she still selling it.

    My goodness, a young senior me son!!!! Well done Ms. Joseph. You need to give me the secret to youthfulness.
  • Steve (02/10/2019, 20:36) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Here is what you do. Rent your place furnished. Have any person who comes to your door to rent, do it per night like the hotels. Have them sign your nightly rental agreement. If you don't pay a hotel that night, the police are called and they will remove them that night, simple. If you want $800 per month, charge them the breakdown per night to equal $800. If they don't pay that night, you will only be out $20 something dollars, not hundreds and thousands and no court is needed. Sad, but true. Register your place as per night ASAP. Don't allow them to stay more than 14 days without renewing their vacation stay, to start over again as day one. Once they are there on paper for 30 days or more, with no break in between, they are considered long term. Wake up landlords it will make your life easier. If the vacationer (tenant) is honest, they would have put aside the money and pay for nights in advance like other vacationers do. This way the landlord will see what is coming before it is too late. Don't allow them to stay not one night without paying. This works for me!
  • qc (02/10/2019, 21:26) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yo yo
  • Tenant frustration! (03/10/2019, 06:43) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    Most of these landlord only care about one thing.. Collecting rent... Some of the apartment not properly maintain. There are problems with the apartment and every time u talk to the landlord all u get is promises ... Roof leaking.. Sink dripping. No window screens mosquitoes eating you... On n on..... Its not as eadh to get a good apartment for a reasonable cost. A good apartment the rent is ridiculously high. So some tenants just hold on to the promises from the landlord that they will fix the issues. They never did....I wish that Vino would report the full news instead of one sided bias the court must have heard why they refused to pay but vino didn't report that.....Sad.
    • x (03/10/2019, 09:48) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      You always have the option to move out.
    • Dulce (03/10/2019, 10:45) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Go look for another landlord if u are not happy with the one you have. They come a dime a dozen. No excuse to display your true nature and character of dishonesty,thievery,vandalism,ingratitude, jealousy and envy. Get to steppin..err movin that is or become a landlord/owner.
  • musa (03/10/2019, 14:24) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sorry my country lady if you cannot pay your rent it mean you are doing something wrong ,call me for good and free advice

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