Arrest warrants issued for notorious landlord in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside

VANCOUVER – A legal group that advocates for Vancouver’s poorest residents has taken the rare step of securing 10 arrest warrants for George Wolsey, a notorious landlord in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

He owes more than $18,000 to residents for unlivable conditions.

Pivot Legal Society says Wolsey’s former tenants endured rampant infestations and serious risks to health and safety while living in one of his single-room-occupancy hotels in the Downtown Eastside.

Lawyer Doug King says those tenants were awarded damages by the Residential Tenancy Branch this spring, but Wolsey has made no effort to pay up, has failed to appear at court dates and has refused service of documents.

Pivot says a judge issued warrants Tuesday for Wolsey’s arrest after he once again failed to appear.

Pivot will hold a press conference today to detail the more than three-year battle between Wolsey and tenants. King says former residents will be at the press conference to detail their experiences, and Pivot lawyers will talk about next steps, including unveiling a Wolsey “wanted poster.”