Dartmouth properties closed after 700 complaints
Three properties in Dartmouth have been ordered vacated by a judge after Halifax Regional Police responded to them more than 700 times since 2008 because of complaints about illegal activity.
Judge John Murphy of Nova Scotia's Supreme Court granted the order on Thursday under the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act, the provincial government said in a statement.
The government said Murphy ruled the three properties on Victoria Road in Dartmouth — all owned by the same person — had been extensively used for drug trafficking and prostitution. The properties in question are the lower part of 6 Victoria Rd., 14 Victoria Rd. and 14A Victoria Rd.
Since the government brought in the legislation in 2007, it has received more than 700 complaints about illegal activities such as bootlegging, drugs, prostitution and illegal gaming.
With the ruling on Thursday, there have been eight evictions using community safety orders and more than 122 voluntary evictions.
Under the law, the Victoria Road properties in question will be closed for 90 days beginning June 8, and leases of tenants in the buildings will be voided.
Halifax Regional Police Chief Frank Beazley said criminal activity at the three properties in Dartmouth was having a significant impact on residents in the area.
"We've responded to these addresses hundreds of times over the last several years for drug, weapons and prostitution offences, among others," he said in a statement.
"Our partnership with the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods team has led to the closure of these properties and eviction of some of the tenants which will undoubtedly help to enhance community safety in the area."