Rodney and Doris Pearson are facing a $1,000 fine and six months imprisonment from the City of Winnipeg if they don’t tackle the peeling paint on the home they’ve enjoyed for 45 years.
The back of the house, garage and fence have been deemed unsightly according to a letter sent by the city.
The couple, who are in their 70’s, don’t deny that the house needs a new coat of love. But the city has set a deadline of May 4, 2016. Rodney isn’t sure that’s possible if the winter runs long.
After their story made the news, more than 100 people came forward to volunteer their help and provide the necessary supplies.
A local councillor, Ross Eadie, indicates that the bylaw it strongly worded just for legal purposes, and suggests that the couple wouldn’t face such a steep fine or time behind bars with hardened criminals. He also believes that a two-month extension filed by the Pearsons will be granted, giving them more time to finish the job.
Is it the government’s business whether or not your home’s paint job is being properly maintained? Does a homeowner have a responsibility to maintain a home so that it matches the standards set by the rest of the community? Have you ever “snitched” on a neighbour whose property was lacking in civility?
Read about the couple’s experience HERE.