A significant step for one tenant’s battle against his landlord at a Downtown Eastside SRO.
The provincial residential tenancy board issued a $5000 fine against the West Hotel for failing to comply with an order to restore heat in the tenant’s unit.
Fines of this nature are rare, and many advocates are calling it a considerable win for tenants.
Dan Zimmermann, a tenant and advocate who represented the tenant in question, says the room still doesn’t have it’s own heat.
Zimmermann says the victory is bittersweet.
Zimmermann told CKNW that tenant moved out two weeks ago saying, “Nothing is ever going to change here”.
The RTB gives out administrative penalties in cases where there have been quote, “Serious, repeated and deliberate cases of non-compliance”.