Edmonton condo developer faces $5.5M lawsuit

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WATCH ABOVE: They're less than four years old and now allegations are coming forward of bad construction on two condos in southwest Edmonton. Vinesh Pratap reports – Aug 29, 2016

A condo corporation has filed a $5.5-million lawsuit against Westrich Pacific Corporation, alleging the developer failed to fix issues at its two-building development in southwest Edmonton.

Westrich completed construction on Windermere Waters in December 2012. The lawsuit alleges deficient design in the development’s roofing, balconies and parkade, among other issues itemized in documents filed with the court on July 18.

The lawsuit also alleges negligence in the roof’s design, construction and installation, and leaking balconies and parkade.

The lawsuit names 14 defendants, including the developer and several of its directors.

The lawsuit seeks $1.5 million for the roof, $1.75 million for the parkade and $900,000 for the balconies.

One of the defendants spoke with Global News, saying he learned about the lawsuit a week ago.

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“I have not seen it, so therefore I cannot comment too much on it,” Richard Lam, with Westrich Pacific Corp., said. “But if I do get served, or when it does come into my hand, we will definitely take a look at it and defend it vigorously.

“I know there’s one side of the story from the plaintiff side. On our side, like I said, we’re here, the communication channels are open. At the same time, nothing’s been served.”

Robert Noce is an Edmonton lawyer that specializes in condo matters. His firm isn’t involved in the lawsuit.

“It’s another example of where our warranty programs and other mechanisms to help buyers in these type of developments are lacking,” Noce said.

“So owners, condominium owners, are forced to make the decision to either proceed with litigation with the hopes of trying to get some money back or alternatively undertaking the repairs themselves at their own cost.”

Westrich Pacific is involved with other developments in Edmonton, including a couple of highrises downtown.

None of the allegations has been proven in court.

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