Finally Vancouver Clamps Down And Gets Tough, Threatens Expropriation Of Decrepit Hotel Owned By Sahota Family Who Have Vast Holdings Of Similar Places

Sahota family known for its vast holdings of decrepit  hotels and single room occupancy hotels in Vancouver is facing a thorny issue.

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 city of Vancouver has ordered that it sell one of its hotels to the city and if it doesn’t the hotel will be expropriated.

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.


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