Tenants in a New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada, apartment building are upset with their living conditions and are protesting to let everyone know.
The apartment's owner was allegedly fined $115,000 recently under the Residential Tenancy Act for failing to take care of fixing the building's leaky pipes. Some of the complaints the tenants had were sewer issues, mice infestation and graffiti on the property.
The tenants held a rally on April 26 to raise awareness to the company; however, the building owner allegedly had a crew repair some of the issues before the rally because he knew people were going to be there to see the conditions. Don Watson, a member of ACORN, an independent national organization of low- and moderate income families, said that is not usually the case.
According to the The Royal City Record, although a door was left open all night April 25, there was still a heavy stench of raw sewage in the air. Watson says it's due to a backed up sewer.
"It's usually worse than this," Watson told The Royal City Record. "It's the sewer gas. This thing backs up like crazy."
The city is meeting with the building owners to make sure they are in compliance and will work toward fixing the plumbing and the other issues.