The Executive Director of Mission’s Chamber of Commerce is disappointed, after she says council refused efforts to curb how drug houses affect property values.
Michelle Favero says she and other groups asked Mission councillors to change bylaws and require property owners to bring their houses up to health and safety standards, if they’ve been used in drug activity.
She says, “These houses are selling for below market value mostly often for cash because they’re not available to regular financing, subject to CMHC or even insurance.”
Favero says the median market value could take a big hit with how many grow-op houses she suspects are in Mission.
But she says council turned her down because her efforts were “alarmist,” opting to give prospective homebuyers a brochure.
Mission’s Mayor has not returned a request for comment.