In St. Laurent, borough officials are preparing an inspection blitz to put pressure on a property management firm to clean up many of the 1500 units it oversees.
Residents have long complained about vermin, mould, broken fixtures and other problems.
St. Laurent says when property management firm Metcap came on the scene, it promised to correct the problems but hasn't delivered on its promise even after being billed for the hours city workers put into the dossier.
The borough has now hired 3 employees to follow the Metcap file and is planning an inspection blitz over the coming weeks, focusing on 150 apartments.
“The size and scope of the issues that are facing the residents of Metcap are such that these additional measures are necessary,” borough mayor Alan Desousa said.
Brent Merrill , the president of Metcap said he’s aware of the vermin problem and has spent $560 000 over the last two years to try and fix it.
But he says the problem stems from the garbage that must be kept in the buildings. He says Metcap is in the process of completing paperwork to get zoning rules changed to keep the garbage outside.
Merrill says he published his cell phone number in La Presse on Monday, so tenants with problems could contact him directly and he has not received a call.