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Tenants will get the boot

Tenants at a home owned by the District of Summerland are getting the boot, after council voted Monday terminate their rental agreement over a failed septic system and major repairs needed to the property. 

The home at 7646 Dunn Street is one of a handful owned by the municipality for long-term expansion of the adjacent wastewater treatment plant.

Council heard the septic system at the home has completely failed and would cost $35,000 to replace or $25,000 to connect the home to the wastewater system. Major repairs to the home itself are also required, in total, costing as much as $180,000.

At the current rental rate of $1,000 a month it would take 13 years to break-even on the property.

“If it were any older we’d have to be shovelling coal into the heating system,” said Jeremy Denegar, director of corporate services.

Council unanimously voted to declare the tenancy agreement “frustrated,” which will require the municipality to pay the tenants’ rent dating back to when the septic system originally failed in February. The home will likely be torn down.

“I don’t think we want to get a reputation of being a slum landlord,” said Coun. Doug Holmes, adding the district should do all it can to help the tenants transition to new housing.

Denegar said they would allow the renters to live on the property in an RV until more permanent housing is secured. 

Council also agreed to take a look at what they should do with the district-owned properties on Dunn Street in the long term. They are in the ALR, while another neighbouring district-owned home is slated for demolition after sustaining massive damage in a water leak.



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