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Builder forgot to build side entrance stairs - need help

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[OP]
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Oct 6, 2016
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Builder forgot to build side entrance stairs - need help

Hi
I bought a new home which is under construction. At the time of purchase I signed for an upgrade stairs to the basement. I received a call yesterday from the builders that they forgot to build it and it's not possible now. They want to give me my money back. I want compensation. Can anyone help me what are my options now. Thanks
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You need to consult a lawyer and check the contract you signed.
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They're offering you the money back without a fight and you want more?

Sue sue sue sue.
Just because you can doesn't mean you should.
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Aethean wrote: They're offering you the money back without a fight and you want more?

Sue sue sue sue.
What if he has sold his old house and has nowhere to live? What if it now costs him more to buy something else comparible vs when he bought (likely in GTA market)? Sue - maybe, but certainly consult a lawyer.
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...some of you you guys have reading comprehension issues.

They forgot the stairs upgrade, not the whole house! Smiling Face With Open Mouth
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fdl wrote:
What if he has sold his old house and has nowhere to live? What if it now costs him more to buy something else comparible vs when he bought (likely in GTA market)? Sue - maybe, but certainly consult a lawyer.
It's a poorly worded subject line, but based on his post, it sounds like they just forgot to upgrade the basement staircase...not forget to build the entire house.
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If you and the builder signed off on the change request form they have to build it so you can either force them to build it which would probably mean tearing out some walls etc. or you can try to get them to upgrade other things for free or equal value. The builder isnt out the money to do this but the contractor who does this will be eating it if you make him put in the stairs.
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Talk to your real estate lawyer and stop double posting the same thread.
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mrwally wrote:
fdl wrote:
What if he has sold his old house and has nowhere to live? What if it now costs him more to buy something else comparible vs when he bought (likely in GTA market)? Sue - maybe, but certainly consult a lawyer.
It's a poorly worded subject line, but based on his post, it sounds like they just forgot to upgrade the basement staircase...not forget to build the entire house.
Ya I got that part and understood they offered to refund the entire house purchase for the mistake. Post is unclear but my recommendation stands, consult with a RE lawyer if it's a problem.
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Aethean wrote: They're offering you the money back without a fight and you want more?

Sue sue sue sue.
If the upgrade was going from builders grade junk carpeted stairs to hardwood stairs the upgrade costs are likely much less than a homeowner having to tear them out and new hardwood stairs brought in. The compensation is likely the difference between the refund and the actual cost of tear out and replace then it's not unreasonable.

Then again the OPs title post make you think the builder forgot to build the house entirely. So not much clarity.
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The upgrade could have also been a second set a of stairs to the basement. Possibly from the outside.
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fdl wrote: The upgrade could have also been a second set a of stairs to the basement. Possibly from the outside.
That's what I was guessing. Like a "basement suite" entrance.
[OP]
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Oct 6, 2016
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Sorry guys for the confusing title, this is my first post and I am really upset right now. I have a side entrance and the stairs provide separate entrance to the basement. I was thinking about basement appartment in future as this is the only way I can afford this house. Now they cannot do it because of the concerate wall of the garage and basement. I am in GTA and the house was quite expensive, it's not just about stairs, it's my plan to afford this house and managing my finances.
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NewHome17 wrote: Sorry guys for the confusing title, this is my first post and I am really upset right now. I have a side entrance and the stairs provide separate entrance to the basement. I was thinking about basement appartment in future as this is the only way I can afford this house. Now they cannot do it because of the concerate wall of the garage and basement. I am in GTA and the house was quite expensive, it's not just about stairs, it's my plan to afford this house and managing my finances.
Suggest you edit your first post and add this information. Sorry to hear this happened OP, you should consult a RE lawyer.
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NewHome17 wrote: Sorry guys for the confusing title, this is my first post and I am really upset right now. I have a side entrance and the stairs provide separate entrance to the basement. I was thinking about basement appartment in future as this is the only way I can afford this house. Now they cannot do it because of the concerate wall of the garage and basement. I am in GTA and the house was quite expensive, it's not just about stairs, it's my plan to afford this house and managing my finances.
wow that sucks. lawyer up. we can't help you.

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