Cloverdale woman worries about illegal sequel – Peace Arch News
A Cloverdale woman speaks out after the construction of an illegal apartment in a house in her neighborhood.
The woman is worried about the safety of the new tenants and those in the neighborhood. She is now speaking out to raise awareness and advocate for change.
“Work began eight days after the new owners got the keys,” said Parmjit (last name withheld on request). “A stop work order was then issued, but the work continued. My concern is that there are now four suites operating on the same electrical panel.
Parmjit called the town and they confirmed that no permits had been issued and town officials had not inspected the new addition.
“We don’t know if the work is up to code,” she added. “If it was legal, fine, but we don’t know. We live next to a stick of dynamite. Everything can happen.”
Parmjit called the city several times.
“The city told me there was nothing they could do.
She said she was very concerned about the city’s inaction both during construction and after.
“I made several phone calls to buildings and inspections,” she explained. “I asked a woman over there what the point of putting a stop work order in place was and she told me that it gives illegal builders 30 days to apply for a permit. But how do you apply for a permit when it is already built?
Parmjit said that after the 30 days had passed, she called the town again and told them that work had not stopped during that time.
“The woman I spoke to said, ‘There is nothing we can do to help you. We have done our part. And she told me I had to call the rules.
Parmjit then called the settlement several times and although the settlement appeared a few times the construction workers had spotters on the road and at the bus stop so whenever the settlement came in everyone hiding.
According to Parmjit, after the stop work order was issued, the majority of the work was done late at night and on weekends.
She added that the woman of buildings and inspections had told her that this sort of thing was happening all over Surrey and there was nothing the town or the residents could do about it.
But Parmjit said it was unacceptable. She wants the city to get back on its feet and enforce stop-work orders. She also said that if a sequel or addition is added without permission, it should be downsized.
“If they want to expand their house, go ahead. But go through the appropriate channels, ”she said. “Why does Builder A have to go through the proper channels, pay for permits and do inspections, when Builder B doesn’t have to and then puts the lives of tenants and neighbors at risk? “
She said a tenant doesn’t know whether the building was built illegally or not.
“You put tenants at risk and you put neighbors at risk,” she said. “Everyone here is wondering when this is going to ignite.”
She said the city needs to do things differently both during the process when a resident calls about an illegal construction and a stop work order is issued, and then when a sequel is completed. .
“Things have to change. The city must impose fines on people who have even started unauthorized constructions, ”she said. “If the work continues after the stop work orders, then the city must sue the owners. This type of illegal construction will not stop until there are greater deterrents.
The City of Surrey and the owners of the house had not responded to requests for an interview at the time of posting.
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