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City serves SRO owner under Standards of Maintenance Bylaw

November 26 2015

Lion Hotel, 316 Powell Street
Photograph by Google

The City has referred to prosecution a Standards of Maintenance Bylaw Order against the owner of The Lion hotel, for failing to provide heat and hot water in certain parts of the building.

The Lion Hotel, located at 316 Powell (between Gore and Dunlevy), is a 70-room privately-owned single-room occupancy (SRO) hotel.

Certain parts of the building have been without heat since November 11. The landlord has provided temporary electric heaters to affected tenants.

On November 16, City staff issued an order to the owner to immediately deal with the heat issue and he has not complied. It has since been referred to prosecution.

On November 25, the City issued an additional order to immediately supply hot water to the building.

The order notified the owner that he has 60 days to perform the work to supply heat and hot water to the building or the City will step in to do so and recoup the costs.

Protecting tenants by enforcing the bylaw

In September 2014, City Council amended the Standards of Maintenance Bylaw to help ensure an expedited process to protect the health and safety of SRO tenants.

Read the Council report about the bylaw changes PDF file (60 KB)

So far in 2015, over 150 compliance letters and 75 orders have been issued under the City’s Standards of Maintenance Bylaw.

In 2014, according to the City Prosecutor’s Office, the total amount of penalties imposed on closed/resolved standards of maintenance cases was $6,800.

Research rental building safety and maintenance records

The City of Vancouver’s Rental Standards Database was launched in 2012 and the City has since seen a significant improvement in building safety with an 80 per cent drop in the number of bylaw infractions between 2012 and 2015.

The Rental Standards Database lets you research rental buildings for fire safety, building safety, and general maintenance issues.

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