By May, 2010, that problem was fixed and we are now hopeful that the end of this nightmare is near. For reference, we filed a Statement of Claim which is public and remains unserved today while we await final repairs.
Lessons for Other Condominium Owners: Now, we think there's a possibility of going home soon. We learned so much about what can go wrong and to this day we still don't understand why this has been ongoing for years. But here is a distilled list of things we believe condominium owners should know before someone starts working on the exterior of their home.
- Fix it once, fix it properly. It saves so much time and trouble later.
- Hire paid Managers with the expertise to oversee large projects and be responsible for the results.
- Your insurance could be absolutely worthless.
- Do not rely on the Alberta Condominium Act to protect owners. It only protects the board.
- Elect a strong board with skills and proven knowledge in areas that are important.
- Hire a professional property manager with credentials, insurance and a bond for performance.
- Don't hesitate to seek counsel when you start to feel uncomfortable with the lack of progress.
- Do not accept real or apparent conflicts of interest with contractors and your association
- No building permit? Call the City and ask.