Comment 48314

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted September 27, 2010 at 14:18:00

A little while I got called in to help some friends in Ward 3 deal with a belligerent and abusive landlord. We called the city repeatedly, and the guy they sent down to deal with bylaw/zoning/code issues was firmly of the opinion that we shouldn't be allowed to bother him at work (by asking him to do his job). My experience in this ward suggests that the Gary Santucci just doesn't know the magic words ("it's ok, I'm a slumlord). If he were barely literate, kept up a building that would fail inspection in a Brazilian shantytown, and hired crackheads to harass tenants, he'd be off the hook for sure.

We're talking about a city that starts building highways withouat the proper legal permits, then sues federal agencies for asking. A city that allows massive numbers of new suburban homes to go up without permits. And a city which has shown itself thoroughly unwilling to enforce these laws against owners who leave these properties to rot.

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