Again we’ve come back to this unresolved problem with multiple suites in the “nice” neighbourhoods of Clayton.
Letter writer C. Litonjua urges the city to take action as homeowners paying the appropriate taxes are paying the price.
Been there, seen it all, and no one at the city level seems to care.
As for myself, I have an authorized suite with an off-street parking spot and feel the stress when guests cannot park in front of or anywhere near my home.
Maybe we should be assigned a residential street parking spot as they do in White Rock. Obviously if some homes have up to three suites, there is the potential for a lot of cars as some of them don’t have driveways and some garages are being used for storage, etc.
I too love animals but constantly have to pick up dog droppings from my front yard and back lane as some of the people living in the unauthorized suites don’t know their civic responsibilities as pet owners and let their dogs roam freely. I fear meeting up with the off-leash pit bull who lives in one of the three suites in a nearby coach home.
The actual owner of the home will never know of this scary situation as he lives elsewhere and simply owns and rents four coach homes on the street for investment purposes. Mind you, he does come once a month to pick up the rent for all those suites.
Those who are responsible homeowners, landlords, and pet owners are the ones suffering. Maybe the day I sell my home out of total frustration it too can become a careless, illegal, rental money-making shrine.
The way I see it is you are damned if you do the right thing in Clayton and you are damned if you don’t, unless the city decides to take some form of action.