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Updated: Liens placed on homes to be resolved "as quickly as possible"

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Update

TELUS has confirmed the subcontractor has resolved the issue and the process for reversing the liens will be initiated Thursday morning.

Original story:

Builder liens “incorrectly” placed on some St. Albert homes by a contractor working on the TELUS fibre line will be remediated, the telecommunications company has said, and residents can expect to see TELUS employees going door to door starting Wednesday night to answer questions and give information.

Residents posting on social media spoke about receiving notices in the mail of liens placed on their homes upwards of $100,000.

Telus public relations communications manager Doug Self said in an email Wednesday afternoon a subtrade of the subcontractor working on the TELUS PureFibre build issues liens "without reasonable grounds" on properties in St. Albert, and the subcontractor is working to address the situation “as quickly as possible.”

"This is a significant error, and we were only informed after the liens were filed. Our subcontractor is working to have the liens removed as quickly as possible, following the judicial process," Self stated.

“We are very sorry to those who have been affected and for any inconvenience this has caused, and are committed to ensuring this is fully resolved."

The City of St. Albert released a statement on Facebook saying the city is aware of the issue and sympathizes with those who received a letter.

“The City is not a party to the dispute, which must work its way through the courts,” the statement said.

For more on this story, pick up a copy of the Feb. 8 Gazette.

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Hannah Lawson

About the Author: Hannah Lawson

Hannah Lawson joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2019 after working as editor of the Athabasca Advocate. She writes about city hall.
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