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Condo Etiquette – the power of please and thank you

Do you ever have days when everyone seems downright rude? I have no idea what the cause is — perhaps it’s the barometric pressure or the phase of the moon. But when you try to keep calm and carry on

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Ontario: Directors personally responsible for costs of litigation to quash owners’ rights

Noteworthy costs awards were recently released in Middlesex Condominium Corporation No. 232 v. Owners, which we cited as number 6 in our top 10 condo law cases of 2012 as follows: Faced with an increasingly unhappy ownership, the board commenced

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To condo owners – speak up

I hate to harp, but while the fallout over the provincial budget is astounding and distracting, there is other business to attend to that may have an immediate effect on the life, liberty and bank balance of hundreds of thousands

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Asbestos in the condominium – now what?

The Condominium Act, 1998, SO, c.19 (the “Act”) is sometimes inaccurately viewed as addressing all things related to the function and maintenance of a condominium corporation. The common law and other legislation greatly affect how a corporation must be managed

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5 things you don’t know about condo fees

For many homebuyers, the issue of condo fees is as contentious as they come. In one camp are those who can’t see past paying money into an association that may or may not use that money effectively; in the other

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The challenge of condo design upgrades ever-growing

In a prior column on ‘The Southampton’, a condominium located in the west end of Toronto, I indicated that it is a noteworthy example of a property that has been maintained in outstanding condition throughout its current lifespan of nearly

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Canada: Fraud forces condo owners to pay thousands

Their fears are coming true. Hundreds of people across Toronto who own units in condo buildings allegedly defrauded of millions of dollars by a former property management company are now coughing up big bucks for special assessment fees.  Read More……

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Canada: Realtor rallies disgruntled condo owners

While condominium owners love to moan and groan about the problems with the developments in which they live, getting them to join an industry consumer action group is like trying to pull teeth.  “We’ve been trying to have condo owners

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On further thought . . . Reversing earlier board decisions

A recent decision of the Ontario Small Claims Court tackles the interesting issue of whether and how condominium boards can reverse earlier decisions in maintenance and repair scenarios.  Read More……

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Canada: Condo Directors Held Personally Liable For Legal Costs

The Condominium Act (the “Act”) has several provisions (sections 85, 134(5) and 135(3) which place the financial burden of obtaining compliance orders on those responsible for the non-compliance, thus relieving innocent owners of this financial burden. There are numerous reported

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The Battle With Homeowners Associations

Congratulations! You’ve just bought a new house in a great neighbourhood and you’re ready to move in. A signed contract together with all the necessary documents is resting in your briefcase. Is there anything that can disturb your happiness? Many

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