LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Two former guests sued a downtown Los Angeles hotel where the body of a Canadian tourist was found in a water tank on the roof.

Steven and Gloria Cott filed the suit Tuesday against the Cecil Hotel, located at 640 South Main Street.

The pair paid $150 on Feb. 12 for two nights at the hotel, according to the complaint.

“Before entering into the agreement, the plaintiffs were told that the payment for lodging included payment for running water which was suitable for human ingestion and showering,” the suit said.

Last Tuesday, the nude body of 21-year-old Elisa Lam, who was last seen at the hotel Jan. 26, was discovered in a water tank by a maintenance worker after guests complained of low water pressure.

Health officials said a test of the water found no live bacteria that would cause illness.

The Cotts, however, are asking for their $150 back, compensation for future medical expenses and attorneys’ fees, as well as unspecified damages.

The duo also wants to include additional plaintiffs to the suit to make it a class action.


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