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More Problems at Olympic Village

VANCOUVER, B.C. (CN) - Vancouver's Olympic legacy grows ever more litigious as owners who bought into the troubled athletes village sued the city and developers, claiming they were duped into buying so-called "world class" condos that were poorly designed and shoddily put together.

In five complaints in B.C. Supreme Court, condo owners from five buildings claim the City of Vancouver and developers misrepresented the condos as having "an extraordinary level of luxury."

But the owners say the units are not even "sensibly designed," because bedrooms can't accommodate double beds without obstructing closet doors. Doors in the units "open into one another such that they cannot be opened at the same time without hitting one another."

The defendants marketed the condos by claiming they included "'six acres of green spaces including: parks, inspired landscaping, patio gardens, reflecting ponds, rain gardens, children's play areas and rooftop and community gardens,'" but the condo owners say "in many cases, such features are constructed but not operational."

The plaintiffs seek rescission of contract, plus interest and costs, or in the alternative, damages for misrepresentation.

The city is named as a defendant in all five cases. Also sued are Sails at the Village on False Creek Developments Corp., Kayak at the Village on False Creek Developments Corp., Habitat at the Village on False Creek Developments Corp., Brook at the Village on False Creek Developments Corp. and Bridge at The Village False Creek Developments Corp.

The plaintiffs are represented by Bryan G. Baynham with Harper Grey.

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