With the cold coming, residents at the Regent Hotel in the Downtown Eastside are facing another bleak winter.
One resident launched a civil claim in August to get the City of Vancouver and the building’s owners to make repairs they’ve been calling for for months.
Jack Gates says the building has no hot water, no pressure with the cold water, a rat infestation, and a section of the fire escape is missing.
He says those are the dire conditions he and others in the 150-room building are living in until something is finally done.
But in a response to the civil claim, the city opposes the bid, saying it doesn’t want to hand over some of its discretionary powers to the court.
The city also adds that the facts plead do not disclose a “valid cause of actions against the City for damages.”
“They turned us down and said they’d get a verbal contract or whatever. Again, that’s not solid enough for us,” added Gates.
In the suit residents are demanding the city and its owners pay for the roughly million dollars in repairs to be done by the end of November.
Gates says the city has so far not committed to a plan to fix the building.