Secondary suites discussed in West Kelowna

There is a public hearing in West Kelowna Oct. 23 to revise the policy on secondary suites in single family subdivisions.

To the editor:

There is a public hearing at the West Kelowna council chambers on Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. The intent is to revise the policy on secondary suites in single family subdivisions.

Secondary suites can be a great help to making mortgage payments and I have no objection to that. They also provide affordable housing.

What is being proposed is the removal of the owner occupancy condition. This moves it into a for-profit operation with an absentee landlord.

If any of you homeowners have had to deal with rental accommodations where the landlord lives God knows where, you can appreciate what can happen. If you want to protect your investment and have some say in what happens at city hall, I strongly urge you to attend this hearing and voice your opinion. This may be your last chance, as this proposal has already passed first and second reading.

Karl Gianakos,

West Kelowna