Pivot will hold a press conference today to detail the more than three-year battle between Wolsey and tenants. King says former residents will be at the press conference to detail their experiences, and Pivot lawyers will talk about next steps, including unveiling a Wolsey "wanted poster."
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They allege that the landlord, George Wolsey, abused his power and would evict tenants without just cause. Wolsey is also facing two city investigations into the condition of the buildings. "It's a pretty unique situation," said King. "We have never had a SRO hotel run by a pharmacist."
Both buildings are at the centre of a city of Vancouver investigation into bylaw infractions, and have been served with more than 20 compliance orders since 2010.
City inspectors found evidence of bedbugs, roaches and rats in many residential suites. In one inspection report, a staff member wrote: "The entire basement and first floor are littered with rat feces and smell very strongly of rat urine."