Notorious problem house in Rutland being boarded up

Boarding up problem house

The neighbours are fed up, the owners are fed up and now, a notorious problem house at 235 Nickel Road is being boarded up.

Two days after residents of the neighbourhood held a peaceful protest outside the house, the owner has decided to take matters into his own hands.

Friends of the Surrey-based owner showed up at the house Monday with stacks of plywood and boarded all the windows shut.

The move is the latest effort by the owner to remove those living in the house who have not paid any rent since May.

"We're here to simply get those people out," said Dan Walden, one of those on site boarding up the home.

"It's the end of the time for them. At this point, they'll have a little bit of time to pack up their stuff and move, and if they don't do so by that time we'll come back and move the stuff out."

Walden says they're trying to negotiate a reasonable time for those inside the home to pack up and leave.

"I think we're going to give them a week or so."

Several neighbourhood residents watched as the boards went up.

Since November of last year, the home has generated more than three dozen police files, including overdoses, noise complaints, assaults, domestic disputes, stolen property and suspicious activity.

The owner has tried on three occasions to have the people removed.

He has a hearing date before the Residential Tenancy Board set for Jan. 12, 2023.

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