Oakville Homes

September 30, 2013

Mattamy 1 – Homeowner 0 House inspector only way to go.

My last post featured “Cowboy Builders”, a term used in England but certainly applicable to Canada.  You’ve read about them and occasionally something is done to help the screwed homeowner.  In Ontario, Tarion has a very shaky record in helping consumers, not surprising considering the slanted emphasis in regards to builders/developers on their board of directors.  Occasionally even the courts help out – probably against a builder who hasn’t paid his “political dues”.

Shows initiated by Mike Holmes and Brian Baeulmer try to help the consumer and do educate in what to look for but alas, hampered by ???, they do not show you who is screwing who.

In the Town of Oakville, who has received very large donations from Mattamy/Peter Gilgan in the past, it is obvious that the Mayor and Council will do nothing to really protect the consumer/homebuyer.  Yes, they have a Building Department who is “legally obligated” to enforce the somewhat weak building code but, as we have seen, they are less than perfect.  According to letters I have received, they will only inspect a dwelling when told it is time by the builder – reactive and not proactive.  So much for really looking after the consumer.

And, the Town of Oakville is afraid to enact a by-law allowing homeowners to hire a house inspector to monitor the build – something they could do under their responsibility to enforce the building code.  The house inspector would inform the building inspector of any infractions.  Like community policing where the public assist the police in policing their neighbourhood.  But, they seem afraid of this.  Why?  Too many donations by the developers/builders?  Someone have pictures of someone doing something with animals?  Who knows, except, the Mayor and Council refuse to help out the consumer.  A former councillor, who went the provincial route, voted to have the Council pass on my recommendation to the Ontario government.  The Ontario government, in their wisdom, felt they could not pass such a law as “it would cost the homeowner money”.  The councilor who voted to have it taken to the province, is also involved in the provincial decision to not place the power plants in Mississauga and Oakville.  That only cost the taxpayer $500 million it seems.  But, I guess friends of the Liberals were the beneficiaries of the monies spent so, all is well in the political world.  How about it Flynn, why not get a law passed that would help a homeowner and the cost is “optional”?

It is hard to fight city hall and I recently communicated with someone having a battle with another builder, Ballantrae.  They have similar issues with the builder and government agencies.  As a screwed homeowner, you quickly find that donations work and politicians really don’t care about the average homeowner, unless there is at least a photo-op.  Maybe we can arrange some photo-ops around election time, which is coming up.

My last post was number 600.  Other than having the Mattamy bully boys after me, the Mattamy legal beagles threatening me with libel and other ridiculous things, I must admit that I haven’t really accomplished what I wanted.  A by-law protecting homeowners.

As I have stated above, donations rule the roost and local politicians really don’t give a damn about these things.  Looking good does and getting donations even better but helping screwed homeowners – that is counterproductive to milking developers for donations.

So, I have decided to take a different tack – appears the mighty blog doesn’t accomplish anything.  A more proactive protest is in order I believe.  So, this will be my last regular blog posting, although I may visit it occasionally to pass on any tid-bits that are given me by those who want the truth out there.

The Mayor and Council of the Town of Oakville obviously don’t understand the word “apology” and, neither will I when the time comes.

So, remember, no one will look after you when you buy a house except yourself, your own paid lawyer and a professional house inspector.  Remember, you too can get screwed and if you hire a house inspector to monitor the build, just helps you in court where you will find yourself at odds to prove the “truth”.  Lawyers for builders hate that word and will do everything to prevent it from being introduced.

Me, I got the Mattamy Bully Boys.

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7 Comments »

  1. Ugh…you’re so annoying…get over it already.

    Comment by Anonymous — October 7, 2013 @ 10:29 am | Reply

  2. Like seriously, dude, you’re wasting your life with all this anger…let it go! Go out there and LIVE instead of writing these pathetic little blog posts that obviously no-one cares about. So you had a bad experience once upon a time…are you gonna let that bitter you forever?

    Comment by Anonymous — October 7, 2013 @ 10:31 am | Reply

    • I too was screwed by Mattamy, until I stood outside their sales office and showed pics of my defects, and called in the fire department for obvious violations. With in 24 hours I had all defects corrected. Gilgan is too big and arrogant for his own boots.

      Comment by Anonymous — October 8, 2013 @ 9:48 am | Reply

      • Thank you for your comment. It goes to show there are a few of us out there who have received the less than admirable Mattamy treatment. Your solution was very good – notice the pics ensure he is telling the truth so no one can say he made it up. Wish I could comment on your defects being corrected but a gag order prevents me talking about it. Hope all goes well in the future with your home.

        Comment by oakvillehomes — October 11, 2013 @ 1:17 pm

    • First off, glad to see someone at Mattamy is reading my blog. I had hoped that it might stimulate someone there to look after Q U A L I T Y. But, from the tone, kind of reminds me of the bully boy episode and lawyer yelling at me experience. Not sure if that is a Mattamy strategy to stop complaints about quality. Bitter – no. Disappointed in a major builder shafting people and doing things illegally – yes. Yes, I had the experience once upon a time but, it seems instead of learning from it, Mattamy still shafts the homeowner. A builder of reputation, who would build QUALITY, would not be afraid of a house inspector helping the homeowner and building inspector to ensure all was done properly. Craftsmen and good tradespeople do not fear quality control. We all make a mistake and better found out before the owner sees how poorly the shack was built. Yes, shack, because that is about all the care that went into my house. So, appreciate the comment and maybe you can shut me up, not by bully boys and paid lawyers, but by building quality.

      Comment by oakvillehomes — October 11, 2013 @ 1:22 pm | Reply

      • I’m not trying to shut you up – I’m all for freedom of expressing one’s opinions. It just upsets me immensely when people get so caught up with one negative experience that they dedicate their entire lives to bitching and complaining about something that they can’t change. I’ve been following your blog for quite some time and, frankly, that is all you do: bitch and complain. If you put all of this thought and energy into doing something meaningful with your time…just imagine the possibilities. Bad experiences are a part of life. Sometimes, homebuilders screw up, sometimes restaurant servers get your orders wrong, sometimes people get diagnosed with cancer, sometimes best friends die…but what if we all just crumpled up and wrote miserable blogs all day long? I will leave you now with this quote, then will let you be: “What really frightens and dismays us is not external events themselves, but the way in which we think about them. It is not things that disturb us, but our interpretation of their significance.”

        Comment by Anonymous — October 15, 2013 @ 4:33 pm

      • Well, I appreciate the time you took to write this but, one thing – I am certainly not bitter. I’ve enjoyed doing the blog, met a lot of people and have done research that I have passed on to help people. Unlike Mattamy, who does it for the money – shortcuts and all, I did this to help others not get screwed by builders who want to make more than their share. Frustrated, yes. Frustrated at how our government (in my case, the Town of Oakville), does so little to help homeowners. Seems the Town of Oakville can push to have power plants cancelled (costing taxpayer $1Billion) or fight cell-phone placement in certain areas (although maybe allowed one to be built beside seniors residence – hell with the old people I guess) but do nothing to help homeowners who are being screwed by builders. I only use my case as an example as I can prove it – Builders try to sue you so stick with the truth – Lawyers hate truth, costs them $.
        Now, in all fairness, the Town of Oakville did pass a bylaw which ensures that they get the shoreline if an estate is developed to high density. Yes, they could do that but can’t pass a bylaw to protect homeowners – a bylaw that does not cost the taxpayer a penny.

        Yes, bad experiences are a part of life – I’ve seen a lot of them over my years (not just me but many victims) but it doesn’t mean you drop your pants and say do me. No, some of us actually try to do something but, as is a part of life, money talks and politicians parrot what they are paid to say. Mattamy has contributed a lot to the Town of Oakville (which is appreciated) but, funny how the mayor was hitting up Peter Gilgan for money for Wellspring while my case was before council. She got the money, I got the shaft. At least I can say I tried to get the system to protect homeowners (like the one in the comment before yours), unlike the town council of Oakville. And, I have a wide scope of agreement from a lot of people – family, friends, and new friends and others. Mattamy it seems, has to buy his friends and good surveys. My name won’t be on a building but at least I didn’t get it there by donating dirty money (acquired by doing shortcuts like mine). Just an aside, I talked to a tradesperson (owns company) and he told me a lot of problems with builders in general but he did state that he felt Mattamy had pulled up their socks. Maybe???

        If you can tell me why a builder and the Town of Oakville are afraid of a bylaw allowing homeowners to hire a house inspector, let me know. To me it is a win win position that only “Cowboy Builders” need fear.
        Again, thanks for the comment – not bitter but yes, frustrated by corruption.

        Comment by oakvillehomes — October 16, 2013 @ 1:29 pm


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