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Vancouver slumlord expected to pay up in court

10/21/2013 11:51 EDT | Updated 12/21/2013 05:12 EST
People living in the Downtown Eastside are hoping to reclaim more than $18,000 today from their former landlord George Wolsey, the owner of the Wonder Rooms Hotel on Cordova Street.

B.C.'s Residential Tenancy Branch determined they lived in squalid conditions and faced serious health risks, but for two years Wolsey ignored court dates, refused service of documents and made no effort to pay the debt.

Then in September, he turned himself in after ten civil warrants were issued for his arrest. On Monday morning he's expected to appear in court to pay up.

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

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