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For low-income residents in Vancouver, a different kind of real estate crisis (Downtown Eastside)

A security guard checks the run-down shared bathroom at the Sahota-owned Regent Hotel. (Photo Credit: DARRYL DYCK/THE GLOBE AND MAIL)
A security guard checks the run-down shared bathroom at the Sahota-owned Regent Hotel. (Photo Credit: DARRYL DYCK/THE GLOBE AND MAIL)

Deplorable conditions are routine in many rental buildings in the city, including those owned by the Sahota family. While officials have issued fines and court injunctions to force necessary repairs, a steady stream of bylaw violations continues.

Shelly Ingram says she never gets used to the sound of mice falling through the gaping hole in her bathroom ceiling and landing with a thump in her empty bathtub.

When one drops, her partner, John, will rush across their tiny bachelor suite to try to catch the creature, but most times the rodent has already bounded up over the side of the aging clawfoot tub and scurried into a hole in the wall at the base of the sink.

Read the full story in The Globe and Mail.

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