I was truely concerned for the safety of the individual, who likely lived in this home. Now the residence had a few other concerns as well. The yard was filled, and I mean filled, with piles of material. The house was not maintained, and needed far more than just correcting the imminent collapse of the roof. But my real concern was for the safety of the individual inside the house.
I wrote an email to 311 on April 27, 2011, notifying them of this safety issue I had.
There is a house on my street that seems to be in desperate need of repair. It is xxx xxx Ave. I have attached a photo of the back yard. The addition at the back of the house has the roof caving in on itself. I believe there is an elderly gentleman living in the residence and I would hate to have that addition fall in on him. Could you please investigate this location.The image I included in my report to 311 is the following:
On June 24, I provided an updated image of the roof of this same house, as it dropped significantly from the first time I had reported it.
I mentioned this particular residence to the City Planning person who called me this morning regarding the demolition plans for the garage down the road. He said not to worry. The gentleman does not live in that house. It is a vacant house. The guy just uses it to store stuff. I was told not to worry because the yard has a fence around it, so there is no danger of anyone getting hurt if the structure falls.
I took it upon myself to ask this City Planning person a few questions. I asked when he was first notified of this residence. He said May 4. It was redirected to him from another department. He said he provided a notification to the owner. I asked how long he gave the individual in the notification. The owner was given until July 13 to get a demolition permit. I asked about the deadline on the demolition. It seems that does not have to be completed until the end of September.
There was no concern that the roof had fallen. There was no urgency in removing the back extention on the house for safety reasons. I should not worry about the safety of the house, the owner, or the neighbourhood. I shouldn't worry, because the yard has a fence.
I guess I have been told. There is no need to be concerned. The yard has a fence.