DELTA – Residents of Delta, especially the Indo-Canadian dominated North Delta where secondary suites are rampant, could face fines of $500 per day if tenants are found in shut-down suites.
Lois Jackson, the mayor of Delta says she is armed with a newly-tweaked by-law and she’ll use it to come after those who continue to abuse the secondary by-law.
There are about 3,000 illegal suites in North Delta they know of, and for the last two years, by-law officers have been working with the owners to bring them up to code. Jackson calls it offering the carrot instead of the stick, reported News 1130.
But for those problem landlords who have been warned and haven’t made the necessary repairs, Jackson says they’re going to shut them down.
“If people come back into that suite and it is not a legal suite and it’s not safe, then obviously, fines will be levied. They start at $500 per day,” she tells us.
This crackdown started a couple of years ago after Jackson toured a few problem suites. “Little children are sleeping in a bedroom with no window, no way to get out, no fire alarms. That has got to stop.”