Chilled wrote the following in this weekends thread:
I live in a high end New West condo that is approximately 3yrs old. They have recently had another major ‘flood.’ Fortunately I live on a floor well above the high water mark and my unit hasn’t suffered damage. Damages has been extensive. Being a renter I am not privy to the strata minutes, but I have had discussions with strata members and believe my information to be accurate.
“Defective expansion joints” are blowing out, causing main water lines to let go. Yikes!!! The strata has posted notices that “faulty expansion joints” are going to all be replaced.
Faulty? Yeah sure, probably installed by a “plumbers apprentice” without enough experience supervised by a journeyman who is hardly competent himself. As a tradesman myself, expansion joints just don’t ‘fail.’ Especially at an alarming rate and if they did, wouldn’t this be going on everywhere the product was installed leading to a subsequent recall?
Anyway, get this;
-the developer is the property management company
-the engineering company works for the developer
-the mechanical contractor works for the developer
Strata members tell me it is “warranty” but when I query them on who pays for the cleanup and restoration costs I’m told they are “not sure yet.” Basically, this will cost the strata hugh one way or the other.
Hey, any of the strata members reading this will recognize the building so read this carefully;
-call in a mechanical consulting engineer specializing in piping. You will have to bring someone in from out of province, maybe Alberta. The old boys club in Vancouver will prevent independent and impartial analysis
-FIRE the development company acting as the strata property management company. Do you see a conflict here as the building inches through the warranty period?
-take the engineering report to a legal firm willing to take the developer to task on this
-pursue the same avenue with all the other problems in the building. It is not normal to have the elevator service company on site as much as the mail man.
Finally, please stop telling us renters in the elevator “I wish I rent like you” as I know you drank the koolaid and made stupid decisions that will cost you for the rest of your lives.
But if you do happen to see the owner of my unit at an emergency strata meeting, please thank him for what is a huge rental subsidy.
Happily above the high tide mark.