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New Facebook Resource PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brian Grover   
Monday, 19 December 2011

Victims of the fire in the Mehta-owned apartment in Prince George have set up a Facebook page to help network and advance their case as they seek redress from the Mehta Family.

Visit Mehta Reflections

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CBC Footage: City Sues Zoro Holdings PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brian Grover   
Friday, 16 December 2011

According to the lead story on the CBC Evening News [December 16, 2011] the Mehta family and Zoro Holdings Ltd, their notorious residential tenement holding company, are "facing legal action" from the City of Vancouver for the ongoing failure to comply with city ordinances related to safety, health and upkeep of rental properties.

Further, an arrest warrant has been issued for Reggie Mehta for failure to comply with court orders for damages arising from a whole host of complaints ranging from black mold and bed bug infestations to inadequate heat and building and fire code violations. These shenanigans have been going on for decades, as victims -- er -- tenants past and present know only too well.

Click the app below to watch the CBC video clip in its entirety.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 17 December 2011 )
 
Bench Warrent Issued for Arrest of Reggie Mehta PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brian Grover   
Monday, 12 December 2011

The Mehta's are back in the news again. This time the slumlords were featured on the CBC Radio program "DayBreak North" [December 12, 2011] in connection with a fire that gutted a Mehta-owned property in Prince George called Victoria Towers. Like an episode of "Where in the World is Reggie Mehta" the news clip, streamed below for your enjoyment, chronicles efforts of intrepid CBC reporters, displaced tenants, and even the Sheriff's office in Vancouver to locate one particular slumlord on the lam. That's right, a warrant for the arrest of Reggie Mehta has been issued as a result of a completely unrelated tenant complaint. If you know where little Reginald is, be sure to alert the Sheriff's office or call 911 immediately.

Play the audio clip below to hear all.

The following links to the CBC website contain background on the Victoria Towers fire in Prince George:

Victim shows off damage to Victoria Towers

Interview with CBC researcher

Last Updated ( Sunday, 18 December 2011 )
 
Building Manager PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brian Grover   
Sunday, 20 August 2006
Over the past month we've had a new Building Maintenance Manager move into 1075 Jervis Street. It's a welcome addition to the usual state of neglect here at Zoro Manor yet you may well wonder how long it will last.  In the dozen or so years that I've been in the building there have been maybe three or four live-in managers.  Many were good, some not, but none of them lasted.  Perhaps we've had a live-in manager for a total of one year during this time.  At any rate the new manager has already driven off the noisy Mexicans and ruffled a few feathers by over-egregiously patrolling the parking areas.  He can be contacted as follows:

Building Maintenance Manager:

Richard Flynn
Suite #504 - 1075 Jervis Street
778-327-9505
Last Updated ( Sunday, 20 August 2006 )
 
Masthead PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brian Grover   
Sunday, 20 August 2006

Some of you have asked about the picture across the top of the site so I thought I'd try to describe it.

Every winter for just about as long as I can remember the wind driven rain blows in from the east and gradually penetrates the edifice of 1075 Jervis. Within a day or two the rainwater migrates across the ceiling and starts dripping into our living space. The City of Vancouver  bylaw enforcement branch and the provincial Residential Tenancy Office have both ordered the repair of this leaky exterior.

The Zoros have had numerous -- over seven -- contractors in to look at the problem and have obviously concluded that it's too expensive to repair. Or rather it's easier to just evict the current tenants [this issue even predates us and we've been living here for more than a decade.]

Once in a while the Zoros replaster the ceiling and spread around a few daubs of paint -- certainly not annnually -- but every year the ceiling bubbles up with modern-day stalactites and we place out the myriad buckets and cans to catch the drips. It's a ritual. Anyway, that's what you see at the top of this page: bubbled up, rusty, corroded, ceiling plaster. Because it's too expensive to fix the Zoros are currently trying to evict us. That way they can start fresh, squeeze a few months out of new tenants before exasperation forces them out too. The only problem with that scenario: we won't move out.  September 5th [2006] we go to arbitration.
Last Updated ( Sunday, 20 August 2006 )
 
Close Call PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brian Grover   
Saturday, 19 August 2006

Recieved the following the other day from a guy named cBeasal:

"Hey Zoro. I took a look at 1075 Jervis the other day and I thought I might move in. My intuition was sending out other vibes so at the last minute I Googled the address and came up with this site.  I'm not going to take the chance. Thanks for the heads up and good luck. Cool idea!"

 Happily, it looks like we are having an impact. Send us your Horror Stories if you have them or near misses if you don't. We're more than happy to save your bacon.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 19 August 2006 )
 
Zoro Makes Headlines PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brian Grover   
Saturday, 01 July 2006

Zoro Makes Headlines 

Did you catch us on TV this week? Slumlord Zoro -- the website -- was used by CityTV as part of corroborating evidence of a pattern of neglect on the part of management at Zoro Holdings Ltd. this past Tuesday [June 27, 2006].

The story was about another Zoro property where fire broke out revealing a large-scale marijuana cultivation operation. Whether Zoro management is directly implicated in the drug grow op remains to be seen. At the very least Zoro, if claiming to be unaware that six suites had been converted to greenhouses, is negligent from both an insurance point of view and from the perspective of tenants who received water and smoke damage from the fire. By law, landlords are required to be cognizant at all times of any and all activities going on in their premises.

For victims of the fire you can easily win compensation through the arbitration process at the provincial Residential Tenancy Office.

The sensational blaze made headlines in all major newspapers and was covered by all major broadcast media in the lower mainland. Yours truly appeared both Tuesday and in a follow-up segment on Wednesday in coverage by CityTV investigative reporter Leigh Morrow. In addition to covering the fire and subsequent discovery of a massive marijuana grow op, Morrow compared the pattern of neglect in the Burnaby apartment complex with evidence of gross neglect in other Zoro properties: namely 1075 Jervis St in Vancouver. Both tenements were contrasted with the palatial residence of the Mehta family.

While the Mehta's clumsily ducked the reporter's attempts to elicit comments about both the fire and the deplorable state of Zoro rental buildings Morrow camped it up for the camera, illustrating that even at the Mehta family residence the doorbell didn't seem to work.

Morrow is planning on exploring further dimensions to the pattern of neglect at Zoro Holdings Ltd. Anyone wishing to contribute their own horror story should contact us through this website directly.

Here's what some of the other Lower Mainland media had to say about the burning grow op:

Vancouver Sun  

Burnaby Now  

Burnaby News Leader 

Last Updated ( Monday, 21 August 2006 )
 
We've been Googled! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brian Grover   
Friday, 23 June 2006

The word is out now. Over the past couple of days Slumlord Zoro has begun appearing in Google and Yahoo searches under all of the keywords that count. Through a bit of cyber sleuthing we've been able to determine that some of the more savvy would-be tenants do indeed search before moving in. That search will henceforth be rewarded with about the biggest heads up anyone could want. Hopefully that will be felt in the Zoro bottom line.

A rental glut is on the horizon. You can do your part by asking Reggie and the other Zoros tough questions in front of apparent tenants you come across in the lobby, elevator and hallways.

 
Smashed Again PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brian Grover   
Thursday, 22 June 2006

Smashed Again

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This is the second or third time that someone has smashed the elevator mirror at 1075 Jervis. Frankly it's hard to keep track. With so many discontented tenants both past and present it's hardly a wonder, however. The front door has been smashed at least 3 times, security cameras have been stolen twice as well and on several occaisions deliberate fires have been set, some quite serious. Though there is no excuse for vandalism many tenants understandably feel pushed to the wall by the Zoros and fight back with fury. There are other options including involving the city inspections or health branches or arbitration through the Residential Tenancy Office. Read on for further insight into extracting your pound of flesh through legal avenues.

Last Updated ( Monday, 18 September 2006 )
 
Thanks Reggie PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brian Grover   
Tuesday, 06 June 2006

Well, Reggie and the other Zoros have finally discovered this "fan" site. They've made a few pathetic attempts to spam the Zoro Living Poll [see left]. Nice try but you should try enlisting alot more of your friends. Oh, but that might be embarassing. Don't worry, guys, no doubt your friends and associates already see you for the slumlords that you are.

Anyway, thanks for dropping by Reggie, that's more work than you've done on my suite in over 10 years. It's much appreciated!