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Arrest warrants issued for Downtown Eastside landlord

09/04/2013 09:15 EDT | Updated 11/04/2013 05:12 EST
Advocates for tenants in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside say 10 arrest warrants have been issued for a notorious landlord.

The Pivot Legal Society is slated to hold a news conference this morning.

The group says George Wolsey owes more than $18,000 to residents of the Wonder Rooms SRO which he has made no effort to pay back.

"We kept hearing stories of bedbugs, cockroaches, holes in the wall, sinks and plumbing not working for weeks at a time, one shower being shared in the entire hotel with dozens of people,” said Pivot Legal Society lawyer Douglas King.

The organization also alleges Wolsey has failed to appear at several court dates, and they’re urging the landlord to turn himself in.

King says the Pivot will be putting up wanted posters in the neighbourhood.

"We decided we wanted to make these wanted posters and put them up in the neighbourhood so not just landlords in the neighbourhood and tenants understand that there is some resolution to this case [but] we want to bring this landlord to justice.”

In 2008, CBC News exposed Wolsey for forcing tenants to fill prescriptions at his pharmacy or be evicted.

His former tenants are expected to speak out about their experiences later today.

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