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Landlord-aid company boss, exposed by FMTA, guilty on 11 charges

Last year the FMTA was instrumental in exposing Jennifer Rose Smith, head of Toronto-based Landlord Source Centre, for breaching the privacy of over 1400 tenants on-line.  Ms. Smith had contacted several tenants who complained of her behaviour to the FMTA Tenant Hotline.  The hotline exposed her list to the Toronto Star and the list was eventually shut down.

The Federal Privacy Commissioner ruled that the Landlord Soruce Centre had violated the privacy of many tenants.

Now, according to the Toronto Star, Ms. Smith has been been "convicted of falsely presenting herself as a lawyer."

According to the Star:

"Jennifer Rose Smith, head of the Landlord's Source Centre, was found guilty of 11 charges, including providing legal services when not authorized, representing herself as a lawyer and presenting herself as someone who could provide legal services.

"Five individuals testified against Smith this week, including two lawyers who worked for her and three former clients dating back to 2008 or earlier.Smith identified herself as a lawyer and litigation manager, the court was told. Witnesses also testified that her company made unauthorized charges on clients' credit cards, mishandled cases and lost or failed to return original documents to clients.

"Smith, who did not attend the hearing at the Ontario Court of Justice at 70 Centre Ave., was charged following six complaints to the Law Society of Upper Canada.

"Smith was ordered to pay $88,000, or $8,000 for each count, and given two years' probation with the condition she not present herself as someone who can provide legal services."


October 26, 2010

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