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CoH sues Veritas Place for unpaid fees

The Corporation of Hamilton has launched a $200,000-plus legal action against the owner of the temporary home of Parliament.

A writ of summons, filed by the municipality on November 12, asked the Supreme Court to order the owner of Veritas Place on Court Street, Hamilton, to pay $218,800 plus interest.

The writ claimed that Abbott Holdings Ltd had failed to pay $175,000 in fees.

The statement of claim also alleged that the corporation paid a debt collection agency $43,900 in an effort to get money owed.

The writ alleged that a 2.55 per cent tax per unit in the six-storey building should have been paid every year since January 1, 2011, but was not.

Arthur Hodgson, a former Progressive Labour Party Cabinet minister and a lawyer, who is listed as the director of Abbott Holdings Ltd, said yesterday that he could not comment on the writ but that it was possible the case had already been settled.

The Corporation of Hamilton did not respond to a request for comment.

The Government moved both the House of Assembly and the Senate into the third floor of the building last September while renovation work was carried out at Sessions House.

It has yet to say how long the Parliament will continue to use the building or reveal the cost of the move.

Abbott Holdings Ltd was given planning approval for Veritas Place, a six-storey building opposite the Dame Lois Browne-Evans Building, in 2007.

The property made headlines when Commissioner of Police Michael DeSilva and other top police officers moved into the fourth floor of the building in 2011 after a $290,000 refurbishment.

Rent for the police offices was later revealed to be $220,000 per year.

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Veritas Place (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

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Published January 03, 2020 at 8:00 am (Updated January 02, 2020 at 11:05 pm)

CoH sues Veritas Place for unpaid fees

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