Owners of the Harbourview Apartments maintain City Council was wrong to declare their building a nuisance property.
Owners Martin Chambers and Randy Brown say they’ve scrambled over the past two weeks to clean up the property in advance of council’s vote last night.
They say efforts to evict problem tenants has been made more difficult because of a lack of information and cooperation from police
Brown, who manages the building said he has become more heavy-handed with problem tenants and told council he’s facing assault charges because of it.
Chambers said the apartments are a “safe, healthy, and responsible environment”, and the building will be maintained to code from now on.
Mayor Mike Ruttan says the former Frigstad Apartments meet all the criteria for what council believes to be a nuisance.
Council noted that the nuisance property designation lasts for a year, and will be re-assessed at that time.
In the meantime all non-emergency visit from police, firefighters and bylaw officers will be billed to the property owners, and if left unpaid will be applied to their taxes.