Two separate class actions filed by Gratl & Company name Parkash Sahota, Pal Sahota, Gurdal Sahota, Kirin Sahota and their related companies as defendants. The goal of these class actions is to compensate tenants for substandard living conditions at the Regent Hotel and Balmoral Hotel and to compel the City of Vancouver and the Sahotas to repair the Regent and Balmoral to conform to the City of Vancouver Standards of Maintenance Bylaw.
The Sahotas applied to dismiss the case on the basis that the Residential Tenancy Board has exclusive jurisdiction over the dispute. The Sahotas application was dismissed by the Supreme Court of British Columbia with reasons reported at http://canlii.ca/t/gxbrh and supplemental reasons reported at http://canlii.ca/t/h2tqs
The Sahotas have appealed the decision of the Supreme Court of British Columbia to the British Columbia Court of Appeal. The hearing of the appeal was held on June 2, 2017, and a supplemental hearing was held on April 2, 2018. The Court of Appeal found for the Sahotas on October 10, 2018 with reasons reported at http://canlii.ca/t/hvhgq.
Mr. Gates is seeking leave to appeal the decision of the British Columbia Court of Appeal.
On February 2, 2018, the Sahotas were ordered by the Supreme Court of British Columbia to replace the fire escape at the Regent, take all reasonable steps to eradicate the vermin at the Regent in consultation with a pest control company, take all reasonable steps to ensure the elevator at the Regent is in good working order in consultation with an elevator repair company, and take all reasonable steps to ensure a constant supply of heat and hot water at the Regent.
Jack Gates is the proposed representative plaintiff in the Regent class action.
Jay Slaunwhite is the representative plaintiff in the Balmoral class action.