Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. Judge Rules Woman Must Pay City for Repairs to Home Damaged 8 Years Ago

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. Judge Rules Woman Must Pay City for Repairs to Home Damaged 8 Years Ago

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Judge rules homeowner must pay for repairs

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KAMLOOPS, B.C. - A judge has rejected a lawsuit filed by a homeowner who claimed the City of Kamloops trespassed on her property in a bid to clean up a neighbourhood blight.

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Hope Hyslop ruled against Lynda Watt, who must pay the city $58,000 for repairs.

The home as damaged in a fire in 2008 and remained damaged.

A number of reports found it was at times full of garbage and home to guests that included pigeons, vermin and squatters.

The city attempted to encourage Watt in 2011 and 2012 to clean up her property, which was deemed a health and fire hazard.

City council took a series of actions under provincial legislation that allowed officials to enter the property and home to do repairs. …

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