new leaky condo problems downtown

The CBC is reporting that two Concord Pacific condo towers in downtown Vancouver have developed leaky condo problems requiring millions in repair work. The ‘leaky condo issue‘ is very familiar to Vancouver residents, and apparently still very much a concern.

Governor’s Tower at 388 Drake St has required replacement of all windows, exterior walls and bricks which has cost owners at least $100k per unit:

The cost of repairs to the tower was estimated at $29 million, and each of the 237 condo owners had to fork over at least $118,000, with the cost depending on the size of their apartments, Fox said.

Governor’s Tower was built 14 years ago and the 10-year warranty had expired.

The Parkview Tower at 289 Drake street is the other Concord Pacific tower reported with this issue:

All the windows on the 14-year-old tower were replaced because they leaked, said Alan Cadwell, whose Langley-based company, The Condo Advocate, repaired Parkview Tower.

Cadwell’s company specializes in restoration management for leaky condos in B.C.

“With one good push, the window wall system, in theory, could be kicked out and could be travelling to the floor,” Cadwell said of the condition of the windows.

The cost of the repairs for Parkview Tower amounted to more than $8 million, he said.

Thanks to LaLaLand and Bizznitch for the story tip and link.

UPDATE: In a bit of synchronicity the Vancouver Sun has this article in todays paper: Leaky condo crisis far from over.

By 2012, when the leaky condo era enters its fourth decade, as many as one-third of the defective units will remain unrepaired, said the report, prepared for the province’s Homeowner Protection Office (HPO) by private consultants.

At least 45 per cent and possibly as many as 68 per cent of leaky buildings have not been repaired yet, according to various scenarios explored by the consultants.

The consultants made no attempt to estimate the total cost of the damage, but concluded that early estimates of the repair cost per unit – $10,000 to $15,000 – were way low.

“Based on the HPO experience, it would appear that the actual average repair costs are approximately five times or six times higher,” they said.

By last September, repair loans the HPO makes to leaky condo owners had grown to an average of $62,000 for wood-frame apartments, and $72,000 for those in concrete buildings.

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$250-$300 per sq. ft.!

hmmm… I'd say…

$125-$175 per sq. ft.!


I wil buy at tv towers once they get to $200,000 for a higher floor two bedroom, about what it should cost once the market corrects.

$250-$300 per sq. ft.!


I think SATV’s lost his marbles today

he does sound a little rattled

i'm also assuming he has more than 1 marble



Bdk was playing with sources and words there is nothing to shift that was 'time'just wanted to tied some of his loose nuts and bolts,

i am willing to fix his fossball table and throw away his rothmans blue from his balcony just $300 fine from strata he will be fine for decades to come.

Between M why did you sell your condo-the best investment plus affordable plan for next generation?


I think SATV's lost his marbles today… I can't remember a time when he's nym-shifted this much before!

If you decide that

you don't want to raise on baiting tacts i am not selling you anything because towers are sold out in 2006 if you want bargain go find a flipper before something list in mls it's gonna be very expensive.


well,pen doesn't work on concrete for correction nib will break off of a pen you gotta think about it man similar units non concrete construction in east side will cost you around $400.000 and you want to correct the market on world famous shopping promenade just 2 minute walking distance

from Canada line.


I wil buy at tv towers once they get to $200,000 for a higher floor two bedroom, about what it should cost once the market corrects.


hey you 70 k in pocket,

if you ever got to reach close to this project hmmm it could be possible you may don't want to go back home unless you grab the fob key for your brand new purchase it looks absolutely fantastic!!!


My source tells me TV Towers is going to leak more than any other Concord Pacific Project.


Finally good news (well I guess bad news for everybody else) for us bears! 😀

Now how to profit from this? Short Canadian bank stocks?


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Vancouver's condo market continues to be one of the most robust in the nation. This red hot market will not be affected one bit by the reduced amortizations because in this financially conservative country hardly any purchasers were using them in the first place. Downpayments continue to be high. The olympics are near and the real estate market abounds.


Wow, seems like all the wheels are falling off the RE bus at the same time.

First declining affordability, then economic slowdown, then higher gas and food prices, then rising inventories and falling sales, then leaky condo news, now the tightening of the credit noose.

Like a bad game of J-J-J-Jenga.


FTB's forced to downsize, now known as simply FB's!

That's First Time Buyers to start, you figure out the rest.


VancouverBanker said: More important though is raising the downpayment to 5%. That will take out tons of speculators.

But they can still borrow the 5%, right? It's just not insured. So is this an effective change or just good optics? (Honest question.)


"Will a 5 year cut make much of a difference? "

I think so. In markets, it is the marginal buyer who sets the last price.


Blueskies is bang on … I suspect 30 and 10 would be all but impossible when variable rate guys start renewing … especially if rates (inflation bogey!?!) starts to creep higher … if you live in West Van and you haven't put at least 15% down (benchmark down 10.4% and new 5% rule) you're FU$ked … see how quickly it turns!!!!

gov't surely did the math and this was the most palatable given market/political agenda

Get out the popcorn.


The G&M story says max 45% debt-service ratio. That's a big change from present, right? So few in Vancouver could get a CHMC-backed mortgage right now if these rules were in place? Maybe I'm missing something, but that seems to be the big deal…


Yes, the horse has already bolted, and the retards probably know it — they're just covering their butts for the coming recriminations by irate tax-paying FBs.

Another analogy: the bubble was already lying dead in its coffin, the govt. has just decided to publicly pound a stake through its heart.

Chris H

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The maximum amortization is now 35 years instead of 40. Will a 5 year cut make much of a difference?

this opens the door, next up is cutting this back to 30 years and 10% down…..

and (gasp) next stop is 25 years and 15% down

hmmm that sounds vaguely familiar…

read on

Do these retards not realise that the horse has already bolted, and that closing the barn dorr now is going to make fk-all difference….?

read on

Do these retards no realise that the horse has already bolted, and that closing the barn dorr now is going to make fk-all difference….?