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Ottawa real estate firm calling on City to purchase Sandy Hill property

A local real estate management firm is calling on the City of Ottawa to purchase one of its properties in Sandy Hill because units have become unrentable due to its close proximity to a safe injection site. 
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A local real estate management firm is calling on the City of Ottawa to purchase one of its properties in Sandy Hill because units have become unrentable due to its close proximity to a safe injection site. 

Veronica Ackland, property manager for Gorfay Realty, told The Rob Snow Show with guest host Derick Fage on Aug. 12 that the four unit property on Besserer and Nelson streets has been vacant for five months since she is unable to rent any units under the Residential Tenancies Act. 

Ackland said the act requires landlords to provide safe housing, which she said is impossible because of the nearby injection site and its rules, adding that injection site users will head onto the Sandy Hill property because the clinic is only set up for five people at a time. 

"We have had people charged when they break into the property which happens let's say three times a week," she said. "Two weeks ago there was a fire and they broke in and we put bars in all the windows, they busted those bars. We have had cameras installed and within hours, they are stolen, Wires are cut, and they are removed."

Listen to the full interview with Veronica Ackland below:

 





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