George Wolsey is, by all accounts, a piece of work.
The former owner of two decrepit flophouses on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside was once a pharmacist who lost his licence over allegations he'd been forcing his tenants to fill their methadone prescriptions through him or face eviction.
His two buildings, the Palace and Wonder hotels, were so badly maintained, the City of Vancouver went to court to force repairs. Faced with a court injunction, Wolsey sold them last year.
But the notorious slum landlord's problems are not over.
The Pivot Legal Society, which advocates for Vancouver's poor, is going after Wolsey with a vengeance.
The society has obtained arrest warrants for Wolsey for failing to pay more than $18,000 in compensation owed to several residents of his former properties. The money was damages awarded by the B.C. Residential Tenancy Branch to renters in his single-room occupancy (SRO) hotels who endured insect infestations, broken doors, non-functioning plumbing and other problems.Read More »from Notorious Vancouver slumlord facing arrest for ignoring tenant compensation orders