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City files 60 charges against the Balmoral Hotel

July 27 2017

“The City of Vancouver is committed to holding landlords accountable for maintaining habitable standards in Single Room Accommodation (SRA) buildings,” says Kaye Krishna, General Manager of Development, Buildings & Licensing.

Balmoral Hotel sideview of building
Photograph by City of Vancouver

We have filed 60 charges against Balmoral Hotel Ltd., controlled by members of the Sahota family, in the BC Provincial Court alleging violations of our Standards of Maintenance Bylaw.

About the charges

The charges address infractions of the Standards of Maintenance Bylaw that were identified during proactive inspections of the building. Eighteen infractions relate to an inspection on January 31, 2017, and a further 42 were identified on April 19, 2017. The breaches include failure to maintain walls, ceilings, and floors to an adequate standard, as well as lack of maintenance to plumbed facilities such as baths and toilets

“The City of Vancouver is committed to holding landlords accountable for maintaining habitable standards in Single Room Accommodation (SRA) buildings,” says Kaye Krishna, General Manager of Development, Buildings & Licensing. “It’s critical that we protect this housing stock, which provides much needed affordable housing to some of the City’s most vulnerable residents.” 

A summons will be issued to Balmoral Hotel Ltd. to appear in court to answer to the charges. If the owners are found guilty, each infraction carries a potential fine of $250.00 to $10,000.00.

Review of the building

The Balmoral Hotel is currently undergoing a complete review by a contractor hired by the owners to assess the work that is needed to rehabilitate the property. After an inspection to assess the shoring and stabilization of the Balmoral Hotel on July 14, it was announced that the our Chief Building Official deemed the building to be stabilized to our satisfaction. We anticipate that a significant amount of work will be necessary to return the building to SRO housing stock.