City fil­ing charges against ho­tel’s own­ers

Penticton Herald - - CANADA -

VAN­COU­VER (CP) — The City of Van­cou­ver says it has filed 60 charges against the own­ers of a de­cay­ing ho­tel for al­leged vi­o­la­tions of by­laws re­lated to main­te­nance stan­dards.

It says in a re­lease that in­frac­tions at the Bal­moral Ho­tel Ltd., which is con­trolled by one fam­ily, stem from two in­spec­tions of the Down­town East­side build­ing ear­lier this year.

The city says the breaches in­clude fail­ure to main­tain walls, ceil­ings and floors to ad­e­quate stan­dards as well as un­ac­cept­able plumb­ing fa­cil­i­ties such as baths and toi­lets.

City en­gi­neers deemed the ho­tel struc­turally dan­ger­ous in June and about 143 low-in­come res­i­dents were helped to find other ac­com­mo­da­tion.

The city says the charges were filed in pro­vin­cial court and that each of the al­leged 60 in­frac­tions car­ries a po­ten­tial fine of $250 to $10,000.

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