A fixed elevator doesn’t go a long way to fixing all the issues of the Downtown East Side’s Balmoral Hotel.
That, according to one of the SRO’s many angry residents.
For a week, 61 year old David Laing was forced to walk up and down eight flights of stairs as the Balmoral Hotel’s elevator was out of service.
“I live on the eighth floor; I can tell you with every aching muscle of my body how long it was out.”
Laing is seeking $5 dollars in compensation for every day the elevator was out of service, but says that issue is one of many still plaguing the eight story building and close to 200 residents.
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He says he’s spoken with the building owners Paul and Gurdyal Sahota, who also own SROs like The Regent and The Cobalt.
“There’s not much you can say to them; they’re always telling the truth. They do the best they can with almost no money. It goes on and on, they’re landlords. They are unfortunate in that they have some fame for being landlords with buildings that are in rather bad shape.”
Last year, The Balmoral was informally voted by downtown eastside residents at the first-ever SRO convention as having the most terrible living conditions residents have ever encountered.
The Sahota family could not be reached for comment.