Poorly constructed building: the RBQ adds to their nightmare

Badly constructed building: RBQ adds to their nightmare

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The tiles continue to fall on the heads of 16 condo owners of a poorly constructed building 30 years ago in Saint-Jérôme. After having each invested $40,000 for emergency work, the Régie du bâtiment du Québec (RBQ) is now forcing them to extend $8,000 per unit.  

“People are out of money. No one is able to pay for that, ”laments the president of the Syndicate of the co-ownership of 640 rue Castonguay, Claude Beauvais. 

The building has 16 four-room apartments worth approximately $200,000 each. It is in such poor condition that the total value of the work is estimated at $4.2 million, or $262,000 per unit. 

Le Journal described the situation last month. 

Following our article, RBQ inspectors went to assess the condition of the building as well as two other identical buildings located right next to it, at 600 and 620 of the same street. 

Results? In a notice of correction sent on October 24, the public body asks the 16 co-owners of 640 Castonguay Street to correct the non-conformities listed. 

These works, estimated at $120,000, or $8,000 per unit, must be completed within 30 days, otherwise owners face fines of $1,000 to $6,000. 

“I don't understand the mission of the RBQ. They don't inspect when it's under construction, but they come and inspect afterwards, and we're the ones who have to pay for what they haven't checked,” says Mr. Beauvais. 

< p>The bus driver in his fifties has already relocated at the beginning of October, for fear of seeing his ceiling literally fall on his head. 

Of the 16 owners of the 640 , they are only 7 left to live in the building, moreover. 

To avoid fines, they must all have left the premises before November 23rd. “Because we're going to vote 'no' to spending $8,000 each, that's quite obvious. We've already paid enough, we're not rich,” he said. 

A meeting is scheduled with the deputy for Saint-Jérôme, Youri Chassin, on November 8, but hopes to receive his help are slim.

Mr. Chassin told the Journal last month that it is “a private matter”. 

As for the City, it is of the same opinion and offers no help to the 48 co-owners of the three buildings, who are left to fend for themselves.