Oakville Homes

February 14, 2012

Builders/developers – anyone out there with ethics?


We’ve read the stories regarding unethical builders and how some will rip off the homebuyer and not think anything of it.  I guess to some it is a good business plan that increases profits.  We’ve also read about how building inspectors have been “influenced” by developers and builders.  Some builders/developers have been caught doing illegal things in the building of homes and terra-forming the land.  Mattamy comes to mind as one developer/builder who was charged and convicted of an environmental crime in the Ottawa area.  Building berms etc without getting permission.  I guess when you’re that big, you think you can do what you want.

Here is another case of builder ethics:

Toronto Police Service News Release

Man charged with attempting to bribe a City of Toronto Inspector
Friday, February 10, 2012 – 11:27 AM Financial Crimes Unit 416-808-7300
On Friday, February 10, 2012, police arrested a man in connection with an attempted bribery investigation.
It is alleged that:
– on Thursday, January 12, 2012, the site superintendent of a residential construction project attempted to bribe a City of Toronto Building Services Inspector to overlook a required fire safety device inside the home
Andriy Donchenko, 27, of Toronto, has been charged with:
1) Giving Benefit to an Official
He is scheduled to appear in court at College Park, on Monday, March 19, 2012, at 2 p.m., room 505.

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So, as you can see, builders are still trying to make shortcuts and pay off building inspectors.  In this case, one got caught.  Whether the building inspector turned him in or something else happened, it still shows that you, the homebuyer, is open to unscrupulous activity when it comes to your home being built.  And, you have little control over it.

In my case, a Town of Oakville building inspector allowed a furnace to be marked authorized, even though it was connected to the house next door.  Now, Mr. Bay Street Lawyer, I’m not saying that Mattamy bribed him but it seems odd that when it was reported, the Mayor of Oakville did nothing in the long run.  An investigation did occur but the findings were buried, the lawyers closed everyone up and, I didn’t even get an apology from the Town nor any information that changes were made to prevent this from happening to other people.  An illegal act was committed by Mattamy and nothing was done.  And, Wellspring still got their donation.

All Facts.

From this you can of course assume one thing – you really won’t have any support from anyone unless you hire a professional house inspector yourself to look after your interests.  Something the Town of Oakville and the Province of Ontario really don’t want to address in legislation.

Why?  Who makes all the big donations.  And, according to the press release, who makes the bribes.

At least in the above news release, the homeowner’s interests were protected by the Police.  A group you normally don’t expect in a house buying experience.

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* The above is intended to show the reader examples of how to obtain a house inspector, no matter which builder you buy from. Remember, awards and advertising are designed to make you buy, not ensure you quality. We’ve shown that awards are not the standard on which to base your decision on. My use of my experiences are not made to embarass Mattamy Homes or Peter Gilgan but, are used because they are based on fact and show the larger picture that a house inspector is a requirement when buying a house, new or old from any builder. My experience only shows that in fact it can happen and is a fact of life. Your experiences with Mattamy may have differed.


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