VANCOUVER — Vancouver’s Regent Hotel has been slapped with a City of Vancouver order after a CBC investigation found the 102-year-old property lacking heat and hot water.
After a CBC journalist went undercover, he found that one resident has been without hot water for months and has a malfunctioning steam radiator. “I haven’t had heat in here since I moved in last year, in August,” resident Jack Gates told the reporter. “For me, it’s pretty bad.” Gates pays $475 per month in rent, most of that a taxpayer subsidy for housing, for a 10-by-14 foot space in the building.
The City of Vancouver posted an order dated Dec. 17, ordering the property to correct deficiencies immediately. The order also stated that if the deficiencies are not corrected on or before Feb. 15, the city may do the work at the Regent Hotel’s expense. [cbc.ca]