Marina Del Rey Condominium $15 Lawsuits, Toronto


The Toronto Waterfront area can be a beautiful place to live. I thought all my dreams had come true when I moved in to my condominium 23 years ago. It has the most spectacular view of this city! However, I soon discovered that purchasing this property would become my biggest nightmare! I have now been homeless for 13 years!

This is a cautionary tale about what happens to a condo owner at Marina Del Rey Phase I, 2261 Lake Shore Blvd. W, who is forced to commence legal action in an effort to rebuild her home after years of continuous water flooding problems, mismanagement, neglect of duties, and bad faith displayed by insurance companies.

I have started this blog with the hope that I can provide help and encouragement to others who find themselves in a similar situation. Insurance companies and corporations have lots of money and lawyers to fight us. However, we have the power of the internet and the social media to connect, support each other, and exchange helpful information.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

THE CONDO GAME - Documentary about The Problems Condo Owners Face

I am in this Documentary! Check it out - My nightmare at Marina Del Rey. You can see what my condo looks like inside today. Unfortunately Nothing has changed. My ventilation system was broken for over a year and water is now dripping from my electrical conduit at my front door where the alarm panel once was.

See The Condo Game - Documentary on CBC

Premiering Thursday, November 21 @ 9 pm (9:30 pm NT) on CBC Television’s Doc Zone Average Canadians looking for a place to call home are joining a game – and they don’t have the rule book.

The Condo Game examines the forces at play behind the fastest moving condo market in North America – Toronto – to discover that the glittering glass hides a sea of troubles.

One expert says it’s really not primarily a housing market at all, but rather a commodities play: prospective condo-owners fight for square footage, and square deals, in a market focused on investor profit.

The stark difference between what’s on the dreamy brochure and the reality when the unit’s finally finished is only the beginning… The Condo Game looks at the lessons learned from Vancouver’s leaky condo crisis and explores how Toronto could benefit from tougher regulations.

Warning bells will be ringing loud and clear across the country as Canadians and communities take note of this cautionary tale.

THE CONDO GAME will also air on CBC News Network, Saturday, November 23 at 11 pm ET and Sunday, November 24 at 6 pm ET. Join the conversation with The Condo Game @bountifulfilms The Condo Game More information on the documentary can be found at: CBC Doc Zone - The Condo Game

18 comments:

  1. Hi Christina,

    I stumbled on your website through the comments section on the CBC website. Not sure if you remember me but I used to be a commercial tenant at 80 Birmingham. I remember you telling me about your condo troubles then but I had no idea things were so bad. I applaud you for starting this blog and sharing your experience with other condo owners. I hope you are successful in your claims/lawsuit. All the best. Salima Syerah Virani

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    1. Hi Syerah! Thanks so much for your support.Yes, things have only gone from bad to worse with no end in sight. My condo is still wrecked, I have ventilation problems and water dripping from electrical conduit. What possessions I have left are covered in plastic and I am fearful of the next flood. The condo Board decided to spend our reserve fund, nearly $2 million on re-decoration of our lobby and hallways. Our reserve fund study was just completed, we had only $110,000 left in it. Now we have to come up with an additional $250,000 by means of either a special assessment or loan. If you watch the documentary, you will see our beautiful lobby as it was before they jack hammered out all the marble and replaced it with black and white tile. It looks awful and is a total waste of money. Many of my neighbours are very upset!

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    2. Posted on the CBC Doc Zone website by a happy Marina Del Rey Condo Owner: Buy an ESTABLISHED CONDOMINIUM 20 years. On West Toronto waterfront the best is Marina Del Rey. Well run, resort style luxury

      TheResidencesOfMarinaDelRey.ca

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    3. This is my reply to the Happy Marina Del Rey Condo Owner: Just my personal experience from living at Marina Del Rey since 1991. Your efforts to make Marina Del Rey look like a "resort" is just like putting Icing on a Crumbling Old Cake. Spending nearly our entire $2 million reserve fund on redecorating (final construction costs and extras will likely eat the whole fund), jackhammering out that beautiful marble lobby shown in the documentary and replacing it with stark white and black tile was a horrible decision. As you heard at the annual general meeting, many are unhappy with this redecoration scheme. The interior designer said it takes time to get used to transforming the common areas from "traditional look" to a "21st century vision." Well, for many of us, no aount of time will ever make us like the new design scheme because it does not match a 1988 vintage building. The new silver trimmed front sliding doors don't match the exterior dark bronze metal. This "21st century vision" is more suitable for a glass walled modern Condo. If the Board of Directors wanted to live in a building that looks like this, why didn't they just move to one of the new condos being built down the street? I see from the results of the latest reserve fund study we will have to add $250,000 to the reserve fund by means of a special assessment or loan + our contribution to the reserve fund will increase 15% per year for the next 3 years. Terrible news

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    4. Furthermore Happy Condo Owner: This is my opinion: The people who wanted to spend our reserve fund on redecorating rather than replacing failing pipes and defective windows should be ashamed. Where are their priorities? A number of people have come forward with windows leaking and mould problems! Shouldn’t fixing leaking problems be a priority? My unit leaked so much when it rained that I slipped on my flooded living room floor and broke my arm. I could not work as a landscaper and this killed my business. In the documentary, did you see the water damage on the hardwood flooring in front of the window area - it was 1/3 my living room! The problem with leaking windows was first identified in 1998 at the annual general meeting and the Board was looking into replacing our windows. It’s 2013, still no new windows with the exception of my unit and a window above me thanks to Orders issued by the City of Toronto Property Standards. The failing pipes should all been replaced a few years back too. Why spend a couple of $million redecorating when there are plans to replace all the pipes in 2018 = new wall paper will be ripped off the hallway walls, drywall cut, and mess made on the new carpets. By the way, just want to remind the Board of Directors to order extra wallpaper for the 2018 pipe replacement project as they agreed it was a good idea at the decorating Kick Off meeting last spring

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    5. Hey Board Members, you may be aware that I continue to submit maintenance requests for problems that remain unresolved and my condo remains wrecked. My ventilation system stopped working a year ago and is still not working properly as per City of Toronto Property Standards By-Law. You received an Order to fix that too. I still have problems with second hand smoke and there is mould in my unit. I have water dripping from electrical conduit near my door where the alarm panel once was (destroyed by a flood.) More holes have been cut in my drywall walls and ceiling by the condo corporation for ongoing investigation of leaking around windows and plumbing. Basically I am stuck with a stigmatized property with a terrible history of problems. I can't sell it and have a mortgage that I must continue to pay. I lost insurance coverage after the second flood in 2001 due to high risk. I tried to rebuild but my efforts were destroyed by leaks countless times over the past 13 years. I can't afford repairs and getting a bank loan to make repairs is out of the question. It would be like throwing good money away when bad problems are still not resolved. I wish I could just go home and find everything fixed and have a kitchen to cook meals, a nice bathroom, and all the plastic covering my personal belongings no longer needed. Sadly, my place remains wrecked and I remain homeless. I will never give up and I hope to inspire others who are faced with similar problems.

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  2. They were replacing the old solid oak doors with new fake wood laminate doors as part of the new decorating project. As they were removing my door, I notice the drywall had started to bulge out around the light switch, there was water in the wall. A plumber was called to shut off the water until next week. While in the manager's office complaining about another water leak around a valve in my laundry area, I asked the Condo Manager if she watched the documentary. She said "No, I am not interested." I told her she might learn something, why don't you check out the CBC Doc Zone Website. She said 'No thanks." Figures.

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  3. Hi Christina, I met you over 10 years at your office building, prior to your lawsuit.
    I remember listening to your sad story. I remember seeing your clothes hanging on
    racks in your office building, some with water damage. I remember you telling me the water leak, came from a leaking toilet in the unit above you, which was owned by a Condo Director. Shame on the Board of Directors, Property Management, Allianz Insurance and their lawyers.
    Your unit should have been repaired 13 years ago and you should have been fully
    compensated. Good luck with your fight against your Condo Board and the Insurer.

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    1. Thank you for offering support and being so kind to listen to my story back then. Yes, things only got bad to worse. After my condo was gutted to concrete, for several years I slept on my office floor at night. MPAC inspected my unit and confirmed it was "unusable space" and I did not have to pay property tax. Repeated attempts to rebuild my home without insurance did not succeed and I got hit with more floods. I almost had it rebuilt in 2009 only to be hit again with a flood caused by the condo corporation's plumbers replacing pipe in my unit. I was left with a totally wrecked condo and all my belongings were destroyed too. Continuous flooding when it rains resulted in me slipping on my flooded floor and breaking my arm on the 10th year anniversary of the 2nd flood that triggered the loss of my insurance. Without use of my arm, that killed my landscape business. I became severely depressed once again. At present, I have holes open in my walls and ceilings right now, water dripping from electrical conduit from an unknown source, my window sill torn off and a hole cut in the drywall to monitor the water leaking in the outside wall this winter and spring. I have developed a serious bleeding rash on my legs from the stress of my living conditions. No finished bathroom, no shower, no kitchen. 2nd hand smoke from my neighbour and poor air ventilation. I did not have my laundry working until yesterday when they fixed a leaking valve. Just got back from the doctor now and I am seriously getting scared about the effects of the mental and physical stress on my body. SHAME on the all, you are right!


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  5. Hi Christina;
    I bet your unit faces east. The worse leakage penetrating the building envelope comes from rain that is driven by easterly winds.

    There is a logic of sorts, for the board to renovate the lobby. If the front grounds and lobby look good (curb appeal) the units will continue to sell.

    For all the owners who don't have any serious defects in their units, this is the time to get out. Water leaks are extremely expensive to fix.

    When buying a condo, next to nobody checks the hallways and parking levels for signs of water leaks, mould, wear and tear and they don't look for signs of recent repairs. Many don't even take a real good look at the unit they are buying.

    They also can't read audited financial reports or Reserve Fund Studies.

    That is the people that your new lobby was built for. New buyers who will buy their share of leaky pipes, defective windows and mould.

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    1. I agree with you! I guess for some people, leaking water pipes and windows, lawsuits don't matter as long as the lobby looks new and you have a nice view. I have talked to people who recently moved into Marina Del Rey who knew nothing about the building problems, the lawsuits, or the financial outlook. Didn't their real estate agent and lawyer go over the financials with them? This is what we were told: Don't worry, the condo corporation has insurance.

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  7. This is a very nice post . Condo Game examines the forces at play behind the fastest moving condo market

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  8. Thanks for offering support and being so kind to listen to my story back then. Yes, things only got bad to worse.

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  9. Hi Christine,

    Hope you are well. I wanted to know what is happening with the lawsuit, and has your condition improved. I was actually interested in buying a unit at Marina Del Rey, did you have any insights into phase 2 and 3?

    Thank you.

    Thomas

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    1. Christine,

      Its time for you to settle your claim and move on. Have your lawyers advised you on how high your financial obligation to the Defendant Condo Corporation will be one day when your litigation claim is ultimately unsuccessful ??? Look into this question….!!!

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    2. My claim will be successful. Its all true and it all really happened. See you in court.

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