When it comes to property standards, Kitchener appears to be toothless when it comes to putting the bite on those who thumb their noses at our existing bylaw.
Throughout the city, most wards have one or more problem property owners who refuse to abide by the terms of our control bylaws. Relying on the fact that legislative action to clean up or demolish properties is expensive, cumbersome and time consuming, some owners ignore bylaws for months or years and, by doing so, hold neighbours and sometimes entire communities hostage.
In my ward, I’m currently dealing with a rash of complaints about three Victoria Park properties. In these cases, nearby residents who take good care of their properties have been forced to live beside filthy, crumbling buildings as well as experiencing anti-social activities that include noisy squatters, overflowing garbage and illegal fires.
I intend to bring this worsening issue to council in hopes of strengthening our bylaws and speeding up demolition of abandoned, eyesore properties.