Bylaw targets landlords

A new bylaw expected to be passed Monday will target landlords whose tenants engage in illegal operations in Port Coquitlam.

The move would add to current bylaws by putting the onus on landlords who rent their buildings to tenants for illegal purposes.

Port Coquitlam Mayor Greg Moore told CTV Vancouver current bylaws allow only the tenant to be fined for operating without a business licence or doing something illegal.

"What we're going to do on Monday night is keep that, but also include the land owners," said Moore.

"We think the land owners have some responsibility in ensuring what goes on in their building actually is according to bylaws and the laws of this country."

Under provisions of the bylaw, tickets could be issued to the landlord of properties where illegal activities are taking place.

After five-years of non-compliance, the city could sell the property and keep the proceeds.

The bylaw would target, among others, marijuana dispensaries operating illegally within the city.

Moore said the city has received complaint from residents about businesses operating illegally, including marijuana dispensaries.

"They don't have a business licence, they can't get a business licence because their operation is illegal, so yes it would affect them," he said.

One such dispensary is owned by Marc and Jodie Emery.

Their shop was raided by police late last week. No arrests were made, but evidence was seized.

                                                                                                               --files from CTV Vancouver

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