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September 14, 2009

Mattamy brings Halloween early to Hawthorne Village

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Methinks that the people of Halton are starting to understand the questionable tactics of Mattamy Homes in terms of the Development Charges.  Those in other jurisdictions should pay heed to what is happening – Mattamy might try the same in your neighbourhood.

Speaking of neighbourhoods – read the centre spread ad by Mattamy in Saturday’s Toronto Star New In Homes section regarding Hawthorne Village.  “If you would like to be part of this friendly, highly successful community in Milton, we invite you to visit us today in Milton“.

Well, it might have been this way but Mattamy’s latest in shafting homeowners with the Development Charges is making it very hot there.  Read the forums and you can see some people are very upset and neighbours are now arguing and name calling over the issue.  An issue that should not exist, according to Halton CouncilMattamy knew the charges were coming, back  in 2007 and, could have told prospective buyers but they didn’t. Some had lawyers who capped the charges and other lawyers are saying since this isn’t a new tax/levy, Mattamy can’t add them to closing costs now.

Mattamy does what it wants – like my illegal (code) wiring that allowed the sale and Mattamy selling homes in Ottawa without a permit to build.  These are just two of the many issues Mattamy has put over on people.

Now, their greed and lack of communication with the purchasers is causing conflict in the forums.  Maybe all the awards aren’t what they are cut out to be. 

The real scary face of Mattamy is showing itself in Milton and you’d think Halloween was just around the corner.

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4 Comments »

  1. Why doesnt it surprise me that you are ranting about this. While this is a disapointing and touchy subject for a number of new home owners, why dont you focus on the real issue at hand. Those individuals who are subject to the increased closing costs are doing so because their lawyers did not, and I repeat…..did not cap the closing costs. If people had done their research or had a lawyer that recomended that they have their closing costs capped, they would not be facing the situation at hand.

    I understand your frustrations with Mattamy, however, when you are going to voice a concern, dont just make it one sided!

    Comment by Kamato — September 14, 2009 @ 9:20 pm | Reply

  2. Although you may be right that some lawyers are negligent in not capping the costs and should do it as a matter of practice, it would depend on the interpretation of what transpired. According to Halton Council and some lawyers, this levy/tax does not qualify having the new homeowner pay this cost as it was a known cost to the builder at the time of the purchase agreement. If known to the builder, it is therefore not a new cost/tax/levy and therefore is not subject to the capping clauses.

    Mattamy had an ethical duty to notify homeowners that the costs might be rising due to this tax/levy if they did not include such known costs in the price, as an ethical builder would have done. Funny, but I haven’t heard any other builders being brought to task on this. Did Mattamy not say anything to ensure their final cost would look low in comparison to other builders and therefore more attractive.

    I can’t fully blame the lawyers on this if Mattamy knew beforehand but a good lesson to all lawyers – put in these caps regardless of the interpretation. I notice some didn’t as they thought Mattamy would reject the changes but, they should have gone in and let Mattamy reject. The homeowner doesn’t get the house but then they are saved this kind of builder ripoff. I know Mattamy won’t let you put in a clause regarding a house inspector monitoring construction – why is that. If your lawyer doesn’t put it in and you have problems, who is at fault, the lawyer or Mattamy?

    Appreciate your comment though.

    Comment by LN — September 15, 2009 @ 11:21 am | Reply

  3. Actually, it’s not only Mattamy doing this in Milton, other builders are doing so as well.

    Mattamy (and other builders) has the stipulation in the contract that some lawyers will make the change to cap the costs and some won’t. I believe that the purchasers should be asking their lawyer why they did not make the recomendation. To some lawyers and to Halton Council, they disagree, however, ‘Some’ lawyers make the recomendation and ‘Some’ lawyers also believe that the builders are just in increasing the fees (not just Mattamy)

    As it relates to a Home Inspector.(This would be a nice benefit if builders allowed the practice) I dont know of any builder who will allow a home inspector to monitor construction. Until the home closes and you are given the keys, the builder owns the home and property, not the purchaser.

    Comment by Kamato — September 15, 2009 @ 12:50 pm | Reply

  4. Yes, it is one question that a purchaser should ask their lawyer to ensure it is out front during the discussions, especially when it hits the fan later.

    That is the rub about the house inspector. Until the final payment is done, the builder owns the building. Unfortunately, you as the consumer must blindly depend on the builder’s reputation, the professionalism/integrity of the municipal inspectors and the fact you will have a lot of issues covered up with drywall, etc. Considering this is probably the largest purchase you will ever make, it is hard to justify the fact that you really have no protection until you hand over the money. Considering I have shown how the municpality will not protect you and shoddy workmanship exists, your house’s lifespan really depends on factors that you have no control over. Fixing a house after the fact is disruptive, not really effective and, costly to you the homeowner. It is interesting how in the commercial world, the eventual owner can hold back 10% until things are done right. Now, does this in fact push up the final cost (as government officials have stated in terms of residiential) of commercial property and, would it cause residential property to go up. At least it would ensure the trades respected your property and try to build it right the first time. Custom houses can be done this way and it seems unfair that tract houses are built without any real protection for the eventual purchaser. But make sure you ask all the questions of the builder and lawyer and get everything in writing, which will help you a bit when it comes to the eventual legal battle after you take possession and fine out that not all is right in the real world…

    Comment by LN — September 15, 2009 @ 5:24 pm | Reply


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