The Sahotas are Vancouver’s most notorious slumlords. For decades they’ve let their buildings rot, leaving their tenants to live in filth and desolation. But the Sahotas are not like any other dynasty you’ve ever heard of. Their story is far stranger, and far darker, than anything you can imagine.

Featured in this episode: Jen St. Denis, Christopher Cheung (The Tyee), Sam Dharmapala

To learn more:

“For low-income residents in Vancouver, a different kind of real estate crisis” by Wendy Stueck and Mike Hager in The Globe and Mail

“’Out-of-control’ SROs: Everyone wants to help, but no one seems to have the tools” by Denise Ryan in The Vancouver Sun

“Room 821” by Crackdown

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Additional music:

I dunno by grapes (c) copyright 2008 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. Ft: J Lang, Morusque

eighteen pieces (soda) by Soda (c) copyright 2008 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. 

SUNBIRDS by BOCrew (c) copyright 2012 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. Ft: THEDEEPR / THECORNER / feat : FORENSIC /

I Am A Man Who Will Fight For You Honor” by Chris Zabriskie, adapted. 

Unanswered Questions” by Kevin Macleod, adapted.