The landlord, who is known only as Joel, sent a letter to his tenants which said
“For so many years now, we have had a tradition of helping people a little during this last month of the year when people start getting ready for Christmas.”
The letter goes on to inform tenants they can deduct $70 from their December rent payment. He suggests they use the money to buy gifts for "someone special", and thanks them for continuing to be residents of the property.
user mikeoley posted the letter on Thursday. The post quickly went viral, with more than 600 comments by Monday evening.
Mike Olejarczyk, the man who posted the letter on Reddit, told the Toronto Star
he found the note by accident when his roommate brought it and another letter regarding scheduled maintenance into the apartment. He continued by saying:
“We were both blown away by the generosity. It's pretty remarkable because we've only lived at the unit since the middle of October. It's hard enough to find a nice place to live in this city. Finding one with management who cares about their tenants as well simply blows my mind.”
Olejarczyk plans to use his part of the savings to buy Joel and his building manager, Nancy, a "small gift".