Vancouver’s Sahota family known for its vast holdings of decrepit hotels and single room occupancy hotels in Vancouver is facing a thorny issue.
The poor conditions of many of the Sahota holdings have been a contentious issue for a long time for the city of Vancouver.
“We believe that working together – the province and the city – that we can tackle the worst buildings in the city and get quality, affordable low-income housing built instead of people getting stuck in crumbling buildings managed by negligent landlords,” Mayor Gregor Robertson said at a news conference on Wednesday, where he was flanked by the provincial ministers responsible for housing and welfare.
The Globe and Mail reported that:
“The Sahota family controls nearly 500, or about 16 per cent, of the roughly 3,000 privately held SRO (single room occupancy hotels)units in the city’s stock. A large portion of Vancouver’s poorest residents live cheek-to-jowl in these rooming houses, many of which were built a century ago for single loggers and fishermen – blue-collar workers who adorn either side of the city’s official coat of arms.
Neither Gudy Sahota nor Pal Sahota − two of three elderly siblings who control the family’s real estate holdings worth an estimated $218-million − replied to an e-mailed request for comment. Gudy Sahota was reached briefly on the phone, but hung up when the caller identified herself as a reporter”.
The Sahota family has vast real estate holdings in Vancouver’s downtown eastside, which has the poorest postal code in the country.