City of Montreal to hire 13 new inspectors to crack down on unsanitary housing
Valérie Plante administration’s 1st budget earmarks $1M for city-wide team of inspectors
The City of Montreal will soon almost double its number of housing inspectors, from 17 to 30, as a way to crack down on poor building conditions and unsanitary housing.
When Mayor Valérie Plante tables her first budget Wednesday, it will put $1 million toward teams of inspectors.
Magda Popeanu, the city's executive committee member in charge of housing, said 60 per cent of Montrealers are renters.
"When the city inspectors come the second and the third time and the problem is not solved, the owners will pay," Popeanu said.
"All the time we talk about slumlords…so for us it's very important to invest the money and the effort to create a proper environment."
One housing advocate group says it applauds the decision to hire new inspectors, but wants to see more done immediately.
"They need to apply, more forcefully, the regulations that already exist. It's good to put more money in, but then, they already have all the tools they have," said Maxime Roy-Allard of the Coalition of Housing Committees (RCLALQ).
Roy-Allard added that landlords should be fined as soon as they violate the rules.
With files from CBC reporter Kate McKenna