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City Hall to use courts to force housing repairs

City council says it's moving forward to clean up downtown Eastside hotels.

City council is moving forward to clean up downtown Eastside hotels.

Council has approved a motion to seek court-ordered injunctions to require repairs on some of the most run-down single-room occupancy buildings in Vancouver.

“There are too many people in our city who live in poor, run-down housing that is not being maintained up to standard,” Mayor Gregor Robertson said in a release.

“Expanding our legal tools to include injunctions will allow the city to take action on the worst offenders when it comes to run-down buildings.”

The motion to use injunctions followed a report to council Thursday on the enforcement of the Standards of Maintenance bylaw.

The staff report is a follow-up to a motion introduced at the first meeting of the new council in December by Councillor Tim Stevenson, which asked for options on increasing Standards of Maintenance bylaw enforcement.

The report’s options for increasing enforcement included seeking injunctions, whereby the court will order the owner to carry out repairs to their building to bring it into compliance with city bylaws.