Langley to phase in fees for secondary suites

North Van City Voices

from The Province today:

Langley considers regulating suites a “health and safety issue”.  Recent comments at a CNV Council meeting authorizing suites in duplexes:

Bookham urged council to agree to an amendment that would end the moratorium on enforcement and direct staff to begin inspecting the known illegal suites for minimum life and safety standards.

“If they are not inspected, people can be living in situations where electrical fires can happen, where sewage can back up, where mould can grow, where there’s little light, simply because they are poor,” she said.

But the mayor defended the existing practice of enforcing bylaws on a complaint basis, citing the gargantuan task of sending staff to inspect every secondary suite in the city.

“We don’t need suite police in the City of North Vancouver,” Darrell Mussatto said. “I think 90 per cent of the suites in single-family homes have not been inspected. If…

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