Coquitlam, 1145 Heffley Cr.: Lawyer requests leaky condo complex be removed from Leaky Rotten Condo List

Dr. James H. Balderson

B.Ed., M.Ed., Ph.D., Q.S.

COLCO: Coalition of Leaky Condo Owners


Telephone 604-739-4190   Fax 604-739-4109





Thomas G. Andison


410-1333 West Broadway

Vancouver, B.C., Canada V6H 4C1


VIA FAX TO: 604-734-5182 


Dear Sir:


RE: Strata Plan LMS 2817 – 1145 Heffley, Coquitlam, B.C.


We have your letter requesting that 1145 Heffley be removed from the Leaky Rotten Condo List.


We have media reports of the concerns recently expressed by some of the owners.


We are reviewing the information available about the building.


We will take all the available information into account prior to releasing Leaky Rotten Condo List #8.


We would be pleased to meet with your clients to review the information and discuss our opinion about the building.


Please advise if your clients would like to meet with us.


Yours truly,




Dr. James Balderson, Ph.D.








Coquitlam, 1145 Heffley Cr.: James Balderson exposes what Marion Lochhead did not reveal


TO:       The Editor, Letters-to- the-editor, The Vancouver Sun

 FAX 604-605-2522



FROM:     James Balderson, COLCO: Coalition of Leaky Condo Owners

             TEL 604-739-4190  FAX 604-739-4109



RE:       Thin edge of sanity

People whose lives have been turned upside down by leaky condos detail their fight for justice, while owners of non-leaking condos also have a beef


Marion Lochhead’s letter (Thin edge of sanity, September 4, 2001) complaining about the Leaky Rotten Condo List distributed by the Coalition of Leaky Condo Owners illustrates why the List was created.


The List documents the extent of the leaky rotten condo fiasco.  It is based on information from multiple sources.  Efforts are made to update the list and to correct any errors.  COLCO agrees that accuracy is important.


Lochhead registered her complaint by telephone with me on August 29, 10 months after List #7 was released.  She has not made “repeated requests” to have the building at 1145 Heffley Cr. in Coquitlam removed from the List.


Although Lochhead claims to be an owner in the building, she fails to mention that she is a licensed realtor; that she is the listing agent for properties in the building; that she is the wife of one of the developers of the building; and that she does not live in the building.


Furthermore, Lochhead fails to mention that 306-1145 Heffley was sold by the developers in November 1996 for $123,900 and has a current asking price of $114,900.  Thus, the original owners of this “investment” will have lost approximately $4,000 per year, if not more, since purchase, once negotiation and sales commission is taken into account.  


We believe that the building continues to be a high-risk condo complex, despite efforts by the current owners to overcome design and construction inadequacies by re-coating the new building, caulking windows and adding rain gutters.


The owners of leaky rotten condos would never have purchased them if the developers and their agents, licensed and unlicensed, had provided full disclosure about faulty buildings.


The List helps purchasers find their way through this mess, whether they want to buy into a leaker or whether they want to buy a condo building that has been fully repaired.


We agree with Marion Lochhead that owners should ensure their listing with COLCO is accurate and up-to-date.


List #8 is being prepared now for release in October.


Information can be sent to COLCO at or by fax to 604-739-4109.


COLCO continues to seek 100% compensation for the cost to repair leaky rotten condos.


James Balderson, Vancouver

on behalf of