NDG-CDN to continue landlord crackdown

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The NDG-Cote-des-Neiges borough said it will extend its year-long crackdown on bad landlords indefinitely.

The borough is taking a more aggressive stand against property owners who let their buildings deteriorate and says it is taking health and security concerns of tenants seriously.

The plan to inspect substandard dwellings began last year.

And almost 650 inspections later, borough mayor Russell Copeman says the project has been a success.

It focused exclusively on the Darlington district but Copeman says that will likely change this year.

"We're going to expand to other pockets based on the recommendations of our borough services and the recommendations of the direction de l'habitation at the city centre," he said.

Landlords were given a fixed amount of time to correct the shortcomings noticed by inspectors.

Those who did not comply were billed $125 for inspectors' repeated visits. The city issued $1,750 in billings over the course of the year.

Copeman says the borough is committed to making the project work.

"We've made it recurrent this year both because we have the need and see the value of these preventive inspections," he said.

The borough also carried out two thousand inspections based solely on complaints from tenants.

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