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Old Posted Apr 15, 2015, 4:04 PM
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Freed being sued by owners for "The Cheapening"™

Condo developer Freed slapped with $6.5-million lawsuit

...the marketing materials for Six50 King... listed award-winning designer Munge Leung as part of the “dream team” that would create a “luxurious” new development “drenched in designer details”

But in a $6.5-million lawsuit against Freed, condo owners at 650 King St. W. and the attached building at 95 Bathurst St. allege that Munge Leung did not, in fact, design Six50 King.
Instead, the lawsuit alleges, the units and common areas “were built, designed and furnished without luxurious and high-end style finishes and furniture and in a materially different and inferior manner” than the developer had promised.


Critics say the case illustrates the lack of protection afforded to condo owners when developers' promises, made during pre-construction, fall through. The pre-construction phrase is often years ahead of the move-in date.


By not hiring Munge Leung, the lawsuit alleges, Freed and Tricon “saved the expense of retaining a high-end interior developer and delivered a lesser product.”


“Developers promise the moon at the pre-construction stage using glossy advertising campaigns . . . and they take your dollars based on those promises,” he said.

Looks like the dreaded cheapening that has plagued this city during this condo boom is finally biting a developer on the ass. And you know what, it's about time.
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