COLCO: COALITION OF LEAKY CONDO OWNERS – www.myleakycondo.com
COLCO Shatters the
“Bosa Myth” at its Latest Walkabout
NEWS RELEASE – IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 2000.08.28
|COLCO held yet another successful walkabout Sunday, August 27th
when we joined Bosa leaky condo owners at Bosa’s Portico (6th and Granville
in Vancouver). COLCO received more media coverage at this event and the
supportive calls, emails, and faxes are pouring in to the COLCO Steering
While Bosa may excel at marketing its developments, COLCO does even
a better job at shattering the “Bosa Myth”. On August 24, 2000, just
prior to the walkabout, Portico Sales Manager Dennis Serraglio sent a letter
to Portico owners asking them to contact COLCO and “indicate your dissatisfaction”
| upcoming walkabout. Correspondence from
a few Portico owners suggested that they have bought into the “Bosa Myth”.
COLCO received communications from these owners with statements such as:
In his letter to Portico owners Mr. Serraglio also stated “…we are very
confident none of the people protesting live in a Bosa Development Corporation
building.” COLCO informed Portico owners that COLCO’s membership
includes representatives from several leaky rotten lowrise and leaky rotten,
rusting highrise Bosa developments. Leaky rotten condo owners from
Bosa developments joined us at this walkabout.
‘To the best of our knowledge Bosa has a solid reputation.’
‘I recently moved into what I thought was a builder with a clean record
in terms of leaky condos.’
||The bottom of this release provides a list of some of these developments
which appear on COLCO’s Leaky Rotten Condo List #6. One Bosa condo owner,
upon hearing from COLCO and learning of this list, wrote:
This is how one Bosa leaky condo owner from QuayWest described his Bosa
’I was quite surprised to hear of [Bosa’s] less than ideal history.’
Some of the so-called best builders in British Columbia sold leaky rotten
condos to thousands of trusting unsuspecting buyers. They did so
for many years. For the most part, they sold defective, leaking,
“’BOSA quality’ is mere advertising puffery”
“Inappropriate design for West Coast weather conditions”
“Sloppy construction techniques”
“Concrete or wood? It doesn't make a difference”
|rusting, mould infested low rise wood frame and high-rise
concrete buildings and then refused to pay for the repair costs, forcing
the owners into expensive, drawn-out litigation. New Home Warranty
of B.C. and the Yukon, now bankrupt and unable to pay for repairs to leaky
rotten condos, has been exposed as a marketing sham which was owned, controlled,
and directed by the builders (CHBA) of leaky rotten condos. Please
refer to www.myleakycondo.com and the Barrett Commission Report at www.hpo.bc.ca
for more information, and/or call COLCO.
Mr. Serraglio also wrote “Portico has not experienced any water penetration
problems”. However, COLCO received information that suggests that
this statement may be inaccurate.
On Sunday, September 10th, COLCO will hold a Walkabout at Bosa-Appia’s
The Spectrum. The Spectrum is located on 4788 Kingsway and 4788 Hazell
(across from Metrotown). Join us from 12:30 to 3pm at this walkabout.
Bring your COLCO T-Shirts, make your posters, be creative. Visitors are
|COLCO’s program continues ... and we mean business! It’s time to
lift our heads from the summer sand to plan and prepare for the 2000-2001
COLCO Program Schedule. Come to the Douglas Recreation Centre in Langley
at 1:00 pm on Saturday, September 30, 2000. Join Carmen Maretic,
founder of CASH (Compensation and Accountability to Soaked Homeowners),
to learn about the political action plan for the upcoming provincial and
federal elections. In 1999 COLCO identified that at least 250,000
voters are affected by leaky rotten condos. We will send politicians a
very strong message. Carmen will also reveal the public awareness campaign
planned by CASH to compliment these activities.
Leaky Condo Owners, families and COLCO supporters are working to
ensure that compensation is a major political issue for both upcoming elections.
To get involved, or for more information, be sure to attend COLCO’s fall
meetings; and don't forget to tell your friends and neighbours.
|The Coalition Of Leaky Condo Owners (COLCO) is a volunteer,
non-profit group of leaky condo owners seeking 100% financial compensation
for the cost of reconstruction on their leaky rotten condos. COLCO is a
strong voice representing leaky condo owners. COLCO holds Walkabouts to
draw attention to the social, emotional, and financial devastation experienced
by the owners of leaky rotten condos and to emphasize the need for 100%
Bosa Developments on COLCO’s Leaky Rotten Condo List #6
COLCO’s Leaky Rotten Condo List #7 will be posted at www.myleakycondo.com
on or before September, 18, 2000.
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