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Need some advice. House delayed due to strike.

Hi All,

I recently got word our new home will be delayed due to the labour strike. Our current home is sold and being a little over a month from the move in date we are now left searching for somewhere to live where my young girls can finish the school year. Add insult to injury, I have to pay out of my pocket.

I have no experience renting. Is it even an option to rent a home for 1 to 2 months? Is that even something a landlord would consider?

Kind of at a loss right now and not sure what other options we have. Unfortunately there is no family close.

Thanks.
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maybe you try looking at airbnb.ca ? kijiji ? and other house rental online sites ?
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Ketchenany wrote: Hi All,

I recently got word our new home will be delayed due to the labour strike. Our current home is sold and being a little over a month from the move in date we are now left searching for somewhere to live where my young girls can finish the school year. Add insult to injury, I have to pay out of my pocket.
It is possible to get furnished short-term (1-2 month) rentals, but they are expensive.

We went through something similar when our builder was a month late completing our house. We spent 3 weeks living with my mother in another province. Hardly the best solution, especially with school age kids.

Once you find a place, I suggest taking 10 minutes to write a polite letter to the labour union. Include your invoices and ask them politely to pay them. For bonus marks, I suggest providing copies of the correspondence to the media.

Nothing sucks worse than "the brothers and sisters" hurting the general public.
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Ketchenany wrote: Hi All,

I recently got word our new home will be delayed due to the labour strike. Our current home is sold and being a little over a month from the move in date we are now left searching for somewhere to live where my young girls can finish the school year. Add insult to injury, I have to pay out of my pocket.

I have no experience renting. Is it even an option to rent a home for 1 to 2 months? Is that even something a landlord would consider?

Kind of at a loss right now and not sure what other options we have. Unfortunately there is no family close.

Thanks.
Check what the buyer situation is and if they are flexible? For example, if the buyers are renting, and they can still extend, maybe suggest extending the closing date of your current house and pay half their rent?
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Ketchenany wrote: Hi All,

I recently got word our new home will be delayed due to the labour strike. Our current home is sold and being a little over a month from the move in date we are now left searching for somewhere to live where my young girls can finish the school year. Add insult to injury, I have to pay out of my pocket.

I have no experience renting. Is it even an option to rent a home for 1 to 2 months? Is that even something a landlord would consider?

Kind of at a loss right now and not sure what other options we have. Unfortunately there is no family close.

Thanks.
Rent 1 storage facility and start moving all your stuff in it. Search Kijiji to find a month-to-month unit to rent. Not easy but they do exist. The rent will be a little bit higher than if you have a lease but at least you can move out as soon as your new house is ready .

This is the nightmare of buying new built, especially when you sold your house already.
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realtorhome wrote: Check what the buyer situation is and if they are flexible? For example, if the buyers are renting, and they can still extend, maybe suggest extending the closing date of your current house and pay half their rent?
Good option. I did this with my last house. Except the only way they accepted was I paid their full mortgage for that month. We didn't want to move multiple times and glad the new buyers accepted.
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retrothing wrote: It is possible to get furnished short-term (1-2 month) rentals, but they are expensive.

We went through something similar when our builder was a month late completing our house. We spent 3 weeks living with my mother in another province. Hardly the best solution, especially with school age kids.

Once you find a place, I suggest taking 10 minutes to write a polite letter to the labour union. Include your invoices and ask them politely to pay them. For bonus marks, I suggest providing copies of the correspondence to the media.

Nothing sucks worse than "the brothers and sisters" hurting the general public.
Good advice on the media, I have friends who may be interested in this story.
realtorhome wrote: Check what the buyer situation is and if they are flexible? For example, if the buyers are renting, and they can still extend, maybe suggest extending the closing date of your current house and pay half their rent?
Done, called our realtor. Good advice.
Sam9876 wrote: Rent 1 storage facility and start moving all your stuff in it. Search Kijiji to find a month-to-month unit to rent. Not easy but they do exist. The rent will be a little bit higher than if you have a lease but at least you can move out as soon as your new house is ready .

This is the nightmare of buying new built, especially when you sold your house already.
We have lost the excitment that goes along with buying a new home.
Kkhan15 wrote: Good option. I did this with my last house. Except the only way they accepted was I paid their full mortgage for that month. We didn't want to move multiple times and glad the new buyers accepted.
We would do the same for them if they agreed. Thank you
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Your other option is staying temporarily at Sheridan Residence, they convert their dorms into hotels for summer with limited hotel facilities but nonetheless a viable option if you cant find anything else.
Ketchenany wrote: Hi All,

I recently got word our new home will be delayed due to the labour strike. Our current home is sold and being a little over a month from the move in date we are now left searching for somewhere to live where my young girls can finish the school year. Add insult to injury, I have to pay out of my pocket.

I have no experience renting. Is it even an option to rent a home for 1 to 2 months? Is that even something a landlord would consider?

Kind of at a loss right now and not sure what other options we have. Unfortunately there is no family close.

Thanks.
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retrothing wrote: Once you find a place, I suggest taking 10 minutes to write a polite letter to the labour union. Include your invoices and ask them politely to pay them. For bonus marks, I suggest providing copies of the correspondence to the media.

Nothing sucks worse than "the brothers and sisters" hurting the general public.
The purchaser's agreement is with the builder, not with the labour unions involved. It's up to the builder to compensate the purchaser. They can chase it back to the labour union if they need to. IMHO...

I have no idea if the union is asking for a fair deal and the builders are being jerks, or vice versa. But I strongly suspect that a letter sent to the union asking for compensation will get a best a polite reply saying something like "Talk to your builder".

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CNeufeld wrote: The purchaser's agreement is with the builder, not with the labour unions involved. It's up to the builder to compensate the purchaser. They can chase it back to the labour union if they need to. IMHO...

I have no idea if the union is asking for a fair deal and the builders are being jerks, or vice versa. But I strongly suspect that a letter sent to the union asking for compensation will get a best a polite reply saying something like "Talk to your builder".

C
The contract was between myself and the builder. I have followed my obligations in the contract and according to the letter the builder is willing to fullfill theirs. It is a third party that is not allowing this to happen.
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Ketchenany wrote: The contract was between myself and the builder. I have followed my obligations in the contract and according to the letter the builder is willing to fullfill theirs. It is a third party that is not allowing this to happen.
But the "third party" has made you no promises and has no obligation to you.

Like I said, I have no idea who's "right" on this strike, since I don't live in Toronto and I'm not in the trades business. But to assume that the trade is the one at fault here just because they chose to stop working for the same wage seems arbitrary. One could just as easily blame the builders for being greedy. I suspect both parties are to blame for the impasse. However, your agreement was with just one of the parties, so that's who you need to complain to.

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Just another one of the risks of buying a home that doesn't exist. We rented a short term furnished suite when our new house wasn't ready on time. It happens. Just another cost of moving.
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Oh, and BTW... It is possible to rent a home for a short term. Often it's done for executives or business people who are in town for a short term (like 1 to 6 months). Out here in Edmonton, I'd look at Kijiji as a starting point, but check out other rental sources as well. You could also see if your builder has any brilliant ideas for a place for you to stay or even to store your stuff for a bit (throw it into a Pod, and stash it somewhere?) http://www.pods.com/Canada/

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usually when people selling their home and move into another home, they include a clause in the sell to say pending new home ready or something of that effect, so the closing date can be extended.
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We are in the process of buying and the sellers faced a similar situation. However the one condition the sellers had was that they could move the closing date up or down 30 days which didn't bother us. They took advantage of this and moved it down 4 days as their builder was late.
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Tha_Doggg wrote: We are in the process of buying and the sellers faced a similar situation. However the one condition the sellers had was that they could move the closing date up or down 30 days which didn't bother us. They took advantage of this and moved it down 4 days as their builder was late.
smart guy, in the construction industry, delay is normal, i don't remember any project was ever done on time.
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Ketchenany wrote: Hi All,

I recently got word our new home will be delayed due to the labour strike. Our current home is sold and being a little over a month from the move in date we are now left searching for somewhere to live where my young girls can finish the school year. Add insult to injury, I have to pay out of my pocket.

I have no experience renting. Is it even an option to rent a home for 1 to 2 months? Is that even something a landlord would consider?

Kind of at a loss right now and not sure what other options we have. Unfortunately there is no family close.

Thanks.
I'm on the flip side of this situation. I made a thread requesting suggestions on what to leverage IF my mortgage rate offer would not expire in the requested time.

You think a months mortgage would be a fair deal?
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CNeufeld wrote: Oh, and BTW... It is possible to rent a home for a short term. Often it's done for executives or business people who are in town for a short term (like 1 to 6 months). Out here in Edmonton, I'd look at Kijiji as a starting point, but check out other rental sources as well. You could also see if your builder has any brilliant ideas for a place for you to stay or even to store your stuff for a bit (throw it into a Pod, and stash it somewhere?) http://www.pods.com/Canada/

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Toronto is full of short term fully furnished executive suites. They usually have all utilities included and many will even include weekly cleaning service. Our moving company just kept all our house hold goods in storage until needed. We packed a couple of suitcases, grabbed the dog and moved into the furnished rental for about 6 weeks. Easy and simple.

Here's a couple of sites to get started:

http://homesuitehome.ca/
http://executivefurnishedcondos.ca/
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Ketchenany wrote: The contract was between myself and the builder. I have followed my obligations in the contract and according to the letter the builder is willing to fullfill theirs. It is a third party that is not allowing this to happen.
You know nothing at all about the industry

Do you even know why there's a strike or if there really is one? Delays are fact of new constructuon and most likely result of developer not getting approvals in time and delivering developable lots to builder

Or builder screwed up their timeline and management of different trades

Your contract is with builder..they need to fulfill their end of the bargain...assuming there is actually a strike and its actually reason why it's delayed..its your builder that's failing to perform..do you expect trades to work OT for free to help builder makeup their schedule?

Op is a sucker and bought the builder's excuse
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No sympathy for op..esp with that attitude...karma

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