For the primary time, Mike Holmes has spoken publicly a few lawsuit that alleges homes in a “Holmes Accredited Properties” improvement in Meaford, Ont., had been constructed with defects.
The superstar contractor and well-liked TV host posted an announcement on his Fb web page 4 days after CBC Information reported on an replace on the lawsuit. The swimsuit was launched in 2021 by Tarion, a client safety group for new-home consumers in Ontario.
Holmes stated he was “deeply dissatisfied” by “information experiences” concerning the lawsuit and that “just some” of the statements his firm, the Holmes Group, supplied to the media “had been used, and even these had been taken out of context.”
Holmes stated his firm had no entry to the event’s homes throughout building, so it was unable to “help in verifying or figuring out potential issues.”
Holmes additionally stated he continues to face proudly by his report, and that he and his firm “won’t be deterred in our mission to assist owners Make It Proper.”
Tarion’s $8-million lawsuit targets the Holmes Group and greater than a dozen different events concerned within the improvement, known as TerraceWood. The swimsuit alleges that between 2015 and 2019, 14 TerraceWood homes had been constructed with flaws, together with main structural issues.
Tarion says the builder, Third Line Properties, failed to repair the defects, so Tarion has been paying for all of the repairs.
Tarion just lately determined demolition was a extra affordable choice for 3 of the homes. Two have already been torn down.
In its lawsuit, Tarion claims the Holmes Group didn’t do extra home inspections for owners who had commissioned them and misrepresented the builder, Third Line Properties, as competent.
In his put up, Holmes stated he and the Holmes Group “don’t deny we marketed our inspection companies” to homebuyers. Nevertheless, he says, the corporate inspected no TerraceWood homes, as a result of nobody purchased the “Holmes Accredited Properties” inspection package deal.
Holmes didn’t explicitly reply to particulars within the CBC Information report about his endorsement of the “Holmes Accredited Properties” challenge in advertisements and the involvement of two of his different corporations. A type of corporations purchased and later offered a TerraceWood home with alleged defects, and the opposite firm lent cash to Third Line Properties, by way of non-public mortgages.
Holmes additionally didn’t deal with feedback from owners who stated they thought they had been routinely shopping for “Holmes Accredited Properties,” and did not know the Holmes inspections value additional.
He additionally did not reply to owners who complained that, after issues surfaced in TerraceWood, Holmes by no means returned to assist “make it proper.”
Allegations of misrepresentation
Holmes stated in his put up that he is assured the courts “will present an acceptable discussion board to current our compelling proof.”
He didn’t say how the Holmes Group will deal with Tarion’s allegation that the corporate misrepresented Third Line Properties, as “a reliable, professional, dependable builder when that was not correct.”
Paul and Mary-Jo Osborn, principals with Third Line Properties, and the Municipality of Meaford, which inspected the homes, are additionally defendants within the lawsuit.
Each events deny any wrongdoing and argue Tarion’s determination to sentence three houses was unwarranted.
The Osborns additionally declare it was Tarion that triggered issues by excluding Third Line Properties from coping with owners’ complaints about defects.