Marina Del Rey Condominium $15 Lawsuits, Toronto

The Toronto Waterfront area can be a beautiful place to live. I thought all my dreams had come true when I moved in to my condominium 23 years ago. It has the most spectacular view of this city! However, I soon discovered that purchasing this property would become my biggest nightmare! I have now been homeless for 13 years!

This is a cautionary tale about what happens to a condo owner at Marina Del Rey Phase I, 2261 Lake Shore Blvd. W, who is forced to commence legal action in an effort to rebuild her home after years of continuous water flooding problems, mismanagement, neglect of duties, and bad faith displayed by insurance companies.

I have started this blog with the hope that I can provide help and encouragement to others who find themselves in a similar situation. Insurance companies and corporations have lots of money and lawyers to fight us. However, we have the power of the internet and the social media to connect, support each other, and exchange helpful information.

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Visitors noses plugged, felt congested within 5 minutes! Had to LEAVE

I spoke with a Resident of Phase 3 which had similar problems with leaking windows, leaking pipes, water shutdowns.  I also invited 3 Residents of Marina Del Rey into my condo. They looked shocked. They didn't realize this is what was around the corner of their hall.  One said they lived in another unit in the complex which also had water leaking ABOVE the frame and poured down the window when it rained.  Apparently they know of another friend in Phase I who is also experiencing a lot of leaking around their windows.  All three said thank goodness none of their windows leak... yet.

I have to cover my furniture in plastic, and have mop on standby

I showed them the flood damage and the mould growth on my hardwood floor around the defective windows. I pointed out the bad smell and mould growth in the open wall of my washroom. Within 5 minutes, their noses started to get plugged because they were affected by the mould.

I started to tell them my story.  Here are SOME OF THEIR COMMENTS + some of another resident from Phase 3:

How can anyone expect you to live here? This is NOT A HOME! Where do you cook or store your food? Where are your dishes?  Sink? (my kitchen is gone) Where do you eat? There is nowhere to sit and relax! All your furniture is covered in plastic. (bunched in the corner farthest from the leaking windows up on blocks to keep dry) I guess you have to eat out all the time or get ready cooked meals.  That is not healthy for you.  That is expensive too. (I told them that I calculated that over the last 11 years of having no kitchen, I estimated that I have spent an extra $78,000 eating ready cooked meals from RABBA + I have gained an unhealthy 25 lbs.)

Flooded kitchen.  Everything had to be thrown out.
What is wrong with the people managing this place?  Are the Board of Directors doing anything about it? The condo corporation has to fix the leaking windows, get rid of the mould in the walls. They should be fixing your place if their plumbers flooded and wrecked the place.  You pay maintenance fees just like us, they should be helping you!

You must be under so much stress! How can you work?  It's no wonder you lost your business. (I had to close my 16 year old business because of the stress and depression caused by these living conditions)

I feel bad for you.  I would not settle for less than $5 million if I were you - having to live over 10 years of  total hell. Wait, $5 million is not enough.  Good luck in court! It's crazy for the condo's lawyer to request a jury trial.  A Jury will award you more.

This is horrible. Wrong. wrong. wrong.


  1. Living in a condominium seems to be a good choice for people who like to be in the heart of the city. For many it is better than living in an apartment. Condominium living has so many great things to offer than an apartment.

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  2. 2285 Lake Shore Blvd. West: Grand Harbour

    The people who manage the condo here are useless. They are very quick to wag fingers at the unit owners but it takes them months to fix anything. There are so many contractors working here without any supervision. The workers take their sweet time because they get paid by the hour. There are so many units with water damages. The building envelope gets penetrated by rain and strong wind and result in water leaks inside the walls. The cleaners take hours, all day, to clean and polish the elevator cars. There are 3 elevators and it takes 5 minutes for an elevator to arrive because the cleaners put it on service. The people in management office communicate very very poorly with building staff so when something screws up they just blame each other and the office does not take any responsibility for any wrong doing.

    Management spend the condo money on useless things instead of fixing real problems. The president of the board got a brand new door just because he didn't like the colour of it.

    Management focus their time covering their asses. When you try to speak to one of them because you have a problem they will try their hardest to avoid you. I personally have seen the two women who run management hide and ran away from a concerned unit owner.

    When you have a concern and they ignore you a few times the next time you push your concern the board will send you a letter from their lawyer stating that you have to stop harassing them and that you are an "impossible " person. People get on the board to get favours for their own units. They do not care about other units. They are corrupted. They will never show their contact info. They avoid transparency and accountability.

    I thought the views here were fantastic. But after a while and you get to know how this place is ran the fantastic view will start to look secondary.

    I am glad I sold my unit and moved to a house. The grand harbour was and is a nightmare and life is too short to be living in a place that is so full of misery.

    Overall is rate this place very very very poor. It is looks good on the outside but this building is build very poorly and the owners suffer the most losing money and time.

    The conditions look ok on the side, but wait till you open the dry walls. You are either missing parts of a vapour barrier or you have mould growing inside and you do not even know you are getting sick.

    Maintenance: as far as cleanliness it is excellent because the workers take their sweet time cleaning and socializing and don't even care if an old lady in a wheel chair needs an elevator.

    Security is useless. In the summer prostitutes will try to convince anybody entering or leaving the back door that they either forgot their keys or their clients said to meet them there. When there is fire alarm and it happens on the night shift, it tales them hours to figure out how to shut it off and turn on the elevators.

    Location is beautiful, but after a while you will want to move out when you experience how management runs this place.

    I do not recommend living in a condo simply because the government laws are in favour of the corporation and not individual owners.
    The companies who manage condos have a lot of money to hire lawyers so that individual unit owners do not a chance to argue successfully. There is also a loophole in the condo act that must be turn around to morally correct bias and to have stronger rights for owners. After all the unit owners are the building owners and management companies work for owners.