June 4, 2014 4:10 pm

High River flood victims caught in middle of payment dispute

CALGARY- They were victimized by the devastating June flood that ripped through their town, and now some High River residents have been hit hard again.

Homeowners in at least two condo complexes are caught in the middle of payment disputes between contractors and insurance companies. It turns out separate home builders have placed builders’ liens on dozens of units at Prairie Sound Townhomes and Eagleview Estates, saying insurers still haven’t paid them for cleanup or repairs.

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However, that makes it tough for the unit owners to refinance or sell their homes.

“It’s been hell, been hell for everybody,” says John MacFarlane, who owns a unit in Prairie Sound. “It just seems to be one thing after another, and it just seems like a major kick in the head for everyone here.”

One of the contractors that Global News spoke with says many remediators and rebuilders working in High River are struggling to stay afloat, as insurance companies have been slow to pay them.

Aviva is responsible for many of the units in question, and maintains that it has made all agreed upon payments to the contractor in Eagleview Estates. As for Prairie Sound, Aviva says it “regrets the impact on condo owners” and adds it taking steps to resolve the matter.

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