$10,000 fine for illegal lodging

Hamilton, ON, Canada / AM900 CHML

Operating a lodging home without a license  has landed an out-of-province landlord a $10,000 fine.

Steven Donald, who was collecting rent from tenants living at 249 Cannon Street East in 2013,  has been found guilty of running a business without a city license.

The home in question was the scene of a fatal fire in February of last year.

Marty Hazell, the city’s Senior Director of Parking and By-Law Services, notes that “It is mandatory for lodging home owners to have a license to operate”.   He stresses that it is also very clearly an owner’s responsibility to provide “a clean and safe living environment.”

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