The Lion Hotel is located on Powell Street. It is owned by the same person that owns the Clifton. We started organizing with tenants there in May of 2015.
In 2010, the landlord received a grant of $1.2 million from the federal government to renovate the building. They did a terrible job with the renovations. Mould started to appear in the front end of the building. Albert, a tenant at the Lion was moved around to different rooms but the mould was persistent. The SRO Collaborative helped collect evidence and took the landlord to housing court. Albert received $750 compensation and an order to the landlord to replace the walls and ceilings using a licensed contractor. We are going to continue doing this for other tenants in the building.