REPORTING · 13th July 2015
For the Last three weeks, the Kitimat City Council has been dealing with issues in the Trailer Courts of Kitimat. On Monday, June 22nd, the Council was once again dealing with the taxes for Trailer J7 in Vista Village at a Committee of the Whole.
The issue is there are taxes owing on this particular Trailer at Vista Village. Within the past year, the owner of Vista Village, Lee Ann Wolfin was trying to obtain an order of possession to demolish the trailer and this would require a tax write off. However, the owner of the trailer was a mystery, due to chaos in the trailer court.
After this appeared at Council Several times, the owner of the trailer was determined to be Mr. Furlanetto who wants to sell his trailer, pay his taxes and pay his rent to Wolfin.
This time, Council was given a new option: to attempt to collect taxes through the courts. Treasurer Steve Christiansen stated now, Wolfin does not want to demolish the trailer because it is not abandoned.
After some discussion, Councillor Larry Walker decided to go after the new option, collecting the taxes through the courts. Council was informed this was the legal advice from Wolfin’s lawyer.
Councillor Rob Goffinet wanted to know what the District of Kitimat lawyers think about the issue and asked if the District has sought out legal advice.
Christiansen expressed this does come up from time to time, where someone will stop paying taxes on a trailer for two years, knowing he will not repossess it during this time. Then they stop paying pad rent and skip town. He added this situation has been changing every month.
“This situation has also been changing every month, where one person abandons the trailer, they get the land lord tenancy branch to decide that the Landlord has a right to repossess it, then the previous owner comes back, says, I haven’t abandoned it, after the fact, and the trailer park owner decides they don’t want to demolish it. The situation seems to be changing every month, so a legal opinion we get may change, a month from now,” said Christiansen.
The motion was called and carried.
At the moment, Furlanetto is free sell. We were informed by one of the parties involved in this mess that the tenancy will be declined if the trailer sells and, given the history of this particular trailer court, there is concern the sale will be blocked anyway.