An elderly landlord, his wife and children have each been ordered to pay fines, which totalled are the highest ever awarded for rental housing safety violations in Alberta.
The family has been ordered to pay $207,000 in fines. The landlord is to pay $157,000, his wife $42,000, and two of the couple’s children will together pay another $7,000, according to a news report.
While the fines are considerable, so is the extent of the code violations, including blocked exits in bedrooms, visible mould, and the lack of adequate smoke detectors.
Calgary officials grew tired of returning to the properties repeatedly only to find problems had not been fixed, according to the report.
The judge noted that while the family provided needed affordable housing options, they still had an obligation to keep the properties safe.
The family has eight months to pay the fines.
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