After a lengthy battle over Brampton’s notorious ‘monster house’, the city is seeking a court order to have it demolished.

5 years ago the city wrongfully issued a permit for the giant home located in the North Brampton.90

Now the city of Brampton has officially filed an application with the Superior Court asking for an order to have the unfinished house that currently sits at 443 Centre Street be demolished.

Most neighbours won’t be sad to see it go: legal proceedings between the owner Ahmed Elbasiouni and the city have been ongoing since 2013, and residents aren’t thrilled it has dragged on for so long without a resolution.

The 13,000 square-foot home which was supposed to have 8 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms, is bigger than what is allowed under the city’s zoning bylaws for this area. The city says the permit was issued in error.

In April the city was awarded a $51,000 payout from Elbasiouni after courts found he provided misleading information in the form of a fraudulent document to try to overturn a decision to revoke his building permit.

Elbasiouni maintains that the current structure reflects what was submitted in and subsequently approved by city building officials.

In September 2016 the courts gave the homeowner 90 days to either demolish the house, get approval for the variances to the correct zoning bylaws for the area or adjust the building to make it compliant with the zoning standards.

Elbasiouni did not comply, instead, he brought the decision before the courts again. The judge ruled in the favour of the city, choosing to revoke the building permit.

Now the city awaits a decision from a Superior Court to have the building demolished. It isn’t clear yet how much longer the process will take or when the building would be demolished, but an end to the debacle finally seems to be in sight.

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