CBRM meets with landlords over inspections
SYDNEY — Future enforcement of existing legislation was the subject of a meeting between investment property owners and the Cape Breton Regional Municipality this week.
At issue was the lengthy process of ensuring local residential properties comply with the provincial Fire Safety Act, which CBRM buildings and bylaws officials will begin enforcing within the next two years.
“We wanted to explain to them the legislation and how it works,” said Rick Fraser, manager of buildings and bylaws.
“Hopefully by doing that we’ll create some awareness and they may look at their property and say ‘we probably should be getting rid of these extension chords, and maybe I should fix the door to my furnace room’ before we even get there.”
Fraser said life safety items will be given priority when inspections begin.
“For example if a building required a second exit and didn’t have a second exit that would be the first thing we would want them to work on.”
Consideration will be given to the age of buildings, as well.
“Sometimes the buildings were built under different codes and they don’t comply with today. As long as there is not an unsafe condition existing inside the building, we are OK with that.”
Priscilla Lotherington, president of the Investment Property Owners Association of Cape Breton, said a large portion of the association’s 250 members attended the meeting at St. Theresa Parish Centre.
Although members didn’t get the specific information they were hoping for, most were pleased with the meeting.
“We got answers, but we got very general answers. If someone was looking to see what they need to do to their property to keep CBRM happy, we didn’t get that information.”
Fraser expects municipal officials to meet with the association again before inspections begin.
“We don’t want any surprises,” he said. “We want everybody to be aware and on the same page and working together.”