The Régie du bâtiment du Québec (RBQ) has decided: the 25 tenants of the Albert Hotel, sadly known for its stories of murders, shootings and drug trafficking, will have to find a new home.

The building is deemed unsafe. The building does not meet the requirements of the Safety Code, in particular the fire safety component.

“If the fire were to catch fire in there, it would be a massacre,” mentioned the mayoress of Sherbrooke, Évelyne Beaudin.

Notices of non-compliance have been increasing at the corner of King East and Bowen North since 2020. The fire department of the city of Sherbrooke has reported to the RBQ that the situation is deteriorating. The Régie made a visit, but the work had still not started, despite several notices.

In the midst of a housing crisis, these tenants are paying $250 a month to live in this building, at the cost of their security. Last week, the landlord hadn’t even notified the tenants of an eviction notice.

It will now be the turn of the Superior Court of Quebec to rule on the future of the building.

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