Problem Rental Buildings

VANCOUVER - Renters in Vancouver will have a new tool at their disposal to figure out if their home is substandard or in trouble with the city.

On Wednesday the city published online a searchable database of all rental buildings with five or more units that have run into trouble with city inspectors.

And perhaps not surprisingly, the top five buildings on the city's hit list are all single-room occupancy hotels. The Wonder Hotel, Marble Arch, Empress Hotel and Pub, Palace Hotel and 561 East Hastings collectively have 821 orders against them.

But even some of the provincial government's SROs are also on the list.

From electrical problems to bad piping to health and cleanliness standards to fire safety and even signage and tree protection, the database will allow anyone to scope out problem buildings that are on the city's radar.

It will also act as something of a public shaming tool for landlords who have been slow or reticent to fix deficiencies identified by various city departments.

Read it on Global News: Global BC | New city of Vancouver database to list problem rental buildings.


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