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. A decision is anticipated in mid-2019.
Jack Gates is the proposed representative plaintiff in the Regent class action.
Jay Slaunwhite is the representative plaintiff in the Balmoral class action.