A landlord in Maple Ridge has been charged with counselling someone to commit murder.

Ridge Meadows RCMP say Jagdev Singh “Jack” Athwal has been charged in connection with what they call a a disturbing threat of a serious criminal nature.

They say the 71-year-old has been released from custody on conditions he not contact certain residents, not be within two blocks of the Gordon Towers apartment complex at 222nd Street, off Dewdney Trunk Road, and not possess any firearms or explosives.

Police add their main goal right now is to ensure the safety of victims and witnesses.

They have yet to release any other details in the case.

Athwal owns several properties in Maple Ridge.

In 2008, the district won a court case against him after he dumped dirt into Morse Creek next to his properties on 224th Street, as well as cut down trees without proper permits.