Residents air their complaints on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/toronto/comments/587jo8/ever_wondered_what_it_was_like_to_live_in_a_brand/ Interesting to hear about the AirBnB guests, is this common in larger condominiums?
It's precisely this sort of thing that is turning me away from investing in a condo eventually and, as a result, eventually leaving the city for greener pastures. Sure, other factors are in play. But this sort of stuff just turns me right off.Saw that Reddit item this morning. Quite the litany of complaints. What a shame. Yet another warning for potential investors to stay away from such under-serviced towers.
Having seen quite a few of the newly built condos, my impression is that the defects outlined in the article are quite common in the first few years.
During this period the deficiencies are identified and management attempts to get the builder to rectify them. The Board of Directors is fresh and often inexperienced.
The management company is still figuring out the real budgets and requirements of the condo.
If things don't turn up after 3-4 years, there might be a deeper seeded issue.
I lived here for a year after bolting 2 months before my lease was up. There was at least 1 fire alarm problem every two weeks for the 10 months I was there. Imagine having an exam at 9am and after a long night of cramming you finally try to get some sleep, only to be awake by loud fire alarms and security communications over the intercom at 4am in the morning. This usually lasted 30min to an hour.
Then there was a flood which caused the gym in Ice 2 to be closed for 6 months after it was only open for 2 months. We would have to use Ice 1s gym but with no way to get between the buildings without having to go outside in workout clothes in -25 degree weather. Management had the worst elevator scheduling methods. The security people were great but they would often have to take the blame for managements stupid policies. I recently found out they replaced security companies shortly after I left.. but management is still the same.
There is no retail on the ground level.. and il bet you anything PATH connection won't be completed until 2019 earliest.