A reminder to not take shortcuts

Hefty fines to landlords are a sobering reminder to investors that buildings should be up to code, or they could face the same sort of financial repercussions.

Two landlords in two separate cities are facing substantial fines for building code violations, proving shortcuts can be costly.

A property owner in St. Catherines, Ont., was ordered to pay $8,000 for fire code violations and will also face probation.

“When the court issues a probation order it’s a reflection of the seriousness of the violations,” Fire Chief Dave Wood told local publication, Niagara this Week. “Property owners are responsible for making sure their tenants are safe at home and we have zero tolerance for those who continually neglect their responsibilities. Fire alarms and extinguishers have to work when lives are at risk.”

In a separate case, an Alberta landlord – who had previously been warned about building violations – was fined over $20,000.

In that instance, the owner ignored warnings to address improperly-sized basement windows as well as fire alarm installations.

“All of these things are about minimizing safety risk so someone can escape in case of fire,” Judge Mike Dinkel said during sentencing, according to the Calgary Herald. “The interconnected alarm is so people upstairs can get out. These are pretty crucial things. You don’t want to follow them just to fulfill them, but because they save lives.”

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  • by LanceH 2015-12-18 10:04:13 AM

    This is not surprising but a bad omen none the less. In the past, landlords were never fined. A certain amount of onus was put on tenants. One can pick up a fire alarm for $10, and extinguisher for $25. I see this as more "blame the other guy". Put all the onus on one party. When one party bears no responsibility it encourages laziness, the blame game, false claims, law suits etc. Interconnected alarms are important? Says who? Mine aren't. You think I can't hear the alarm from downstairs when it goes off (from cooking or something)?? It's a false concern. And now that they've started down this path of beating up landlords, it will only increase. The end result will be landlords getting out of the business, lower vacancy rates and increased rents. These Lefty's never stop to think things through. The cause and effect.
    You choke society when you over-regulate.

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