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Unfortunate if landlords have to pay costs of tenants’ bad behaviour but someone has to

THURSDAY MORNING EDITORIAL — A lot of people will be offering free hugs to City Hall administrators and councillors if they come up with a good bylaw for dealing with bad neighbours.

Staff members have been studying up on a bylaw that Nanaimo has had on the books for years and which that city has been using with good success against nuisance properties that become centres for neighbourhood grief.

They’re the houses or apartments that have the loud all-night parties, shouting drunks, screeching tires and not-so-subtle drug deals. Despite the fact Kamloops has bylaws designed to deal with drug houses, unsightly premises and noise, some streets remain plagued with such activities because it’s so hard to enforce the rules against them.

Nanaimo has gone a step further. Its nuisance bylaw is enforced via a nuisance complaints committee, which forwards recommendations to the City council, which can in turn declare a property a nuisance and subject the owner, renter or perpetrator to the costs of having police, fire or other authorities deal with them.

It seems to work well as a deterrent, so enforcement seldom has to be used but it’s there if needed.

There’s no such thing as a truly quiet neighbourhood in the city. Noise is part of living a few feet from your neighbours’ houses but when proper respect isn’t shown for peace and quiet, penalties are in order.

If that requires holding the property owner responsible — even though it might be a bad tenant causing the problem — so be it.

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ArmchairMayor.ca is a forum about Kamloops and the world. It has more than one million views. Mel Rothenburger is the former Editor of The Daily News in Kamloops, B.C. (retiring in 2012), and past mayor of Kamloops (1999-2005). At ArmchairMayor.ca he is the publisher, editor, news editor, city editor, reporter, webmaster, and just about anything else you can think of. He is grateful for the contributions of several local columnists. This blog doesn't require a subscription but gratefully accepts donations to help defray costs.

1 Comment on Unfortunate if landlords have to pay costs of tenants’ bad behaviour but someone has to

  1. Grouchy1 // May 8, 2014 at 8:50 AM // Reply

    I would agree with you to a point Mel. There are landlords that will rent to absolutely anyone just to keep the money flowing ( in fact, I can think of one in particular that has been a thorn in the city’s side for years ). For the landlords that have been fooled by bad tenants,( and some of them really know how to put their big boy/girl pants on , and act normal,) and are trapped by the RTA rules and regulations, I say , leave them alone as they are victims too.

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