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Before it was renovated in 2016 and rebranded Akara Hotel, it was one of the worst-reviewed backpackers’ lodgings in town. There had been years of complaints sent to the city, complaining of cockroach infestations and dangerous conditions, but no action was taken to shut the place down.

Even the renovations caused controversy: A bunch of debris and dozens of soiled mattresses were taken out of the building and dumped on a Scaffidi-owned block in Vincent, ticking off the neighbours.

A staff member for Mr Scaffidi claimed the garbage wasn’t his and had been left by a previous owner of the block, but amongst the massive pile of rubbish was a sign stating “GRAND CENTRAL ACCOMMODATION”.

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