Plenty of problems with affordable Saskatoon homes

Owners of modular homes financed in part by the City of Saskatoon say the brand-new units are leaking water. The developer says the warranties are up, and owners must fix them on their own.

Saskatoon residents told builders' warranty expired a year and a half ago

Humera Minhas places tinfoil behind her stove where water leaks into her home. (Jennifer Quesnel/CBC)
Owners of modular homes in an affordable housing program promoted by the City of Saskatoon say almost every home in the development has water issues.

Even worse, they're being told they're on their own to make repairs. 

Humera Minhas moved into her home on Borden Crescent three years ago. Her basement flooded last year and all her furniture had to be thrown out. 

Towels line her living room, because her front window leaks when it rains, soaking the carpet. She's also placed tinfoil behind her stove, where water drips in from over the range hood. 

"Every house in here has problems," she said. 

Water leakage

Four years ago, Metro Nilay and his family were excited to move into a brand-new bi-level on Borden Crescent. But Nilay said cracks in the basement floor and walls made it start flooding almost immediately. He says water comes in almost every time it rains.

"That's the only reason I haven't renovated my basement since I moved in 2010," Nilay said. "Because I know that it's going to be leaky, you know? And I can see those cracks. They say they will come, they will come, but no. And then they say, oh, it's your responsibility now."

Other owners report leaks from the bi-level homes' attics, as well as concrete foundations that sit below ground level. A number of them have children, and say they're concerned about mould growing in their walls.

The problematic homes are located on Borden Crescent, in Confederation Park. (CBC)

Calls go unanswered 

The 27 modular homes were built in 2010 by Lethbridge's Triple M Housing. They were trucked to Saskatoon and put on foundations by Buffalo Ridge Developments. The company has since undergone a name change, and now goes by Vantage Developments. 

Some residents said that Vantage originally sent repairmen to make some fixes, but now their calls largely go unanswered. 

A staff member at Vantage Developments tells CBC the builders' warranty expired a year and a half ago. At this point, he said homeowners are responsible for making repairs themselves.

City of Saskatoon officials signed off on the project, but at this stage, say there's not much they can do. However, administrators have asked for a meeting with Vantage Developments to gather more information.

The developer who built these homes received financial incentives from the City of Saskatoon. Owners were also eligible for the city's assistance through down payments.