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Developer of cancelled Cambie condo could face legal backlash, says lawyer (BC)

A cancelled development along the Cambie Street corridor could set the stage for a costly legal challenge, a lawyer says.  Vivagrand Developments, the group behind the proposed Langara West — a condo development at Cambie Street and West 59th Avenue

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Condo Smarts: Rental bylaws may deter property speculators

Dear Tony: Our strata is considering a rental bylaw that limits the number of rentals to 10 out of 100 units. We are slowly seeing the number of rentals and Air BnB’s increase to the point where less than 50

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Leaflets on doors belong to the condos’ owners

Q: Owners in my building have placed leaflets on each unit’s door handle, advertising a condominium community website. One of the directors has been seen removing the leaflets. Can he do this?     Read the Q&A…………………

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Minister’s regulations proposed under the Condominium Management Services Act, 2015

The Protecting Condominium Owners Act, 2015 (PCOA) received Royal Assent on December 3, 2015, marking the first overhaul of the province’s condominium law in over 16 years. The PCOA made substantial amendments to the Condominium Act, 1998 (Condominium Act). It

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1.5 years later, condo owners still can’t move into this sold-out Langley building (BC)

To own a home in Metro Vancouver is to gain a foothold in the toughest housing market in the country.  But the owners of the 92 units at Murrayville House, a sold-out condo building at 221a Street in Langley, still

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Condo Smarts: Gas appliances can present a vexing issue for strata

Dear Tony: Our strata is debating the safety of outdoor gas appliances and considering a bylaw to completely ban their use. Since 2001, we have had two incidents involving gas barbecues: One, an exploded glass balcony wall and another where

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Strata council rules a disaster

Dear Tony: A few years ago our strata council tried to adopt bylaws that would prohibit rentals, pets and an age restriction of 55 and over. At the time our owners were strongly opposed to any such restrictions as we

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New Condo Authority launches online resources for condo owners and directors

Condo owners, residents and directors will now have access to a trusted source of information and resources thanks to the Condominium Authority of Ontario (CAO), a new organization created to support condominium living across the province. “The Condominium Authority of

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Condo Questions: Evicted board member refuses to resign

Q: I am an owner and board member in a new 24-suite condo. There is a dispute ongoing between the builder (who has a representative on the board) and another board member over the purchase of a suite. A proxy

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Condo Culture Q&A: What can we do about negligent pet owners?

Q:We are experiencing some problems with negligent pet owners. Some allow their pets to urinate in the hallways, walk them to other owner’s yards to do their duties and leave the mess behind. Another dog barks for hours until its

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New Condominium Authority Now in Service to Protect Residents

The Condominium Authority of Ontario (CAO) is now in service to better protect condo owners and residents.  The Condominium Authority of Ontario will help ensure condo owners and residents are equipped with the tools and information they need by:  

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CRA probe into Vancouver condo flipping (BC)

The federal government is taking the property developers behind the Marine Gateway project on Marine Drive in Vancouver and the Residences at West on southeast False Creek to court, probing for information on buyers who flipped their pre-sale contracts before

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Fire damages Park Road condos (BC)

No one was seriously injured, but the damage is extensive after fire swept through one of the buildings at the Park Rise condo complex at 689 Park Road in Gibsons.    Read the article…………..

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Falling behind on strata fees

Dear Tony:  Unfortunately, I lost my job a few months ago and fell behind on my strata fees. I immediately contacted my strata and they advised they would have to include interest, as per our bylaws, and if I couldn’t

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Condo Smarts: Act fast to rid strata of pests

Dear Tony: Who is responsible for pest removal from a strata property? We have a unit apartment building and 12 townhouses in our strata. The townhouse owners have been complaining about wasp nests and the apartment owners have complained about

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A Condominium Design Flaw You Might Not Notice…

Like I said – it’s not going to ruin your five-year span living here.  But when you go to move in, and out, and accept a delivery, you’re going to wonder why the hell the building is laid out like

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Condo owners to pay $500K to save dog urine-contaminated park

Residents at a luxury condo tower have decided to spend half a million dollars to rescue a small park — after it was all but gone to the dogs.  The square section of grass at the back entrance of The

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Torch on roofing early cause of Big White condo fire

It appears a fire that destroyed four or five units in a condominium at Big White on Wednesday was caused by workers performing renovations on the building, including using a technique known as torch on roofing.  Big White Fire Chief

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Condo Smarts: Numbers in depreciation reports are simply estimates

Dear Tony: Our strata corporation has a depreciation report that projected our roof replacement in 2017 at $95,000. We hired a licensed roofing inspector and had the roofing project put out for bids. The lowest bid we received was for

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Why this young family has been living with pot smoke in their condo for the last 5 years

A Toronto man says he’s tired of waking up to the smell of weed coming in from his neighbour’s unit and wants his condo corporation to do more to resolve the issue.  For almost five years, he says, smoke has

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City of Nanaimo slaps second nuisance title on home in strata complex

A Nanaimo townhome has been named a nuisance by city council, making it the second in four months to get the title at the same Bowen Road complex.  City politicians hit unit six of 1637 Bowen Rd. with a nuisance

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Qualicum Beach to limit age restrictions on strata developments (BC)

Qualicum Beach council voted Monday night to end age restrictions on all strata developments.  The motion, which will only to only apply to new developments, passed in a vote of four to one.  City staff are being directed to ‘propose

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Condo owners protest forced sale of their homes (BC)

Condominium owners who oppose selling their strata corporation’s building, but are in a minority of less than 20% of owners, are becoming more vocal at BC Supreme Court hearings.  The rise in angry condominium owners has its roots in B.C.

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Condo Questions: Eviction a proven solution for troublesome tenants

Q: We have had more than one bad or disruptive tenant in our condo complex, specifically the rental units. At the last Annual General Meeting our board manager stated that there is nothing that can be done, other than to

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Fight over nine-inch railings nails strata owners with big bill (BC)

A strata dispute over about $30,000 in rooftop renovations has dragged through the courts and morphed into a bitter debate over $200,000 in legal and other costs.    Read the article…………

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King Coho condo owners get chance to look over sewer takeover (BC)

Owners of condos at the King Coho development in Little River are being invited to an Aug. 24 meeting to discuss the regional district taking over their sewage treatment plant.  Right now the King Coho wastewater treatment system services three

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Strata that seeks profit might have to pay income tax

Dear Tony: Do strata corporations pay income tax? Our strata negotiated an agreement with a communications provider to lease our rooftop for $50k a year, plus 25 per cent of any sub-lease agreements they negotiate. We are in year three

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Former property manager gets jail time for Collingwood condo fraud

A Springwater woman was sentence to about four-and-a-half years in jail for defrauding condominium corporations in The Blue Mountains, Barrie and Collingwood of more than $909,000.  On Monday, Justice Nancy Dawson sentenced Springwater Township native Rhonda McCarthy to 30 months

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Bobcaygeon homeowner recants his threat to bring in biker club

The owner of a million-dollar mansion near Bobcaygeon has dropped his threat to rent his home to a Montreal biker club.  Bashir Somani, who owns one of the 14 luxury homes in the Rolling Hills Estates subdivision off Pigeon Lake,

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Surrey strata president told he can’t use cameras to fine residents. He disagrees (BC)

The president of an embattled strata council at a Surrey condo building defended its use of surveillance cameras to enforce bylaws after residents complained about $40,000 in fines allegedly being issued in a single month.  Alin Stana is the president

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Blaze guts top floor of four-storey (condo) building in Edmonton’s Fraser neighbourhood

Flames and smoke visible for kilometres show into the air Friday night as Edmonton fire crews rushed to an apartment in the city’s Fraser neighbourhood.  The fire broke out in the four-storey apartment building at 14808 26 Street around 6:30

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No injuries reported after fire breaks out on seventh floor of North York condo

No injuries were reported after a two-alarm fire broke out inside a North York condominium building on Friday morning.  The fire started inside a seventh floor unit at a building on Sheppard Avenues west of Bathurst Street at around 6:20

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‘It feels like a jail’: Surrey renters revolt over ‘heavy-handed’ strata fines, surveillance

Errol Povah has had enough.  For six years, Povah said he’s lived at Surrey’s d’Corize high rise without any issues — until the building managers issued him a $200 fine, which he described as “heavy-handed.”  The ticket was for leaving

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Condo Smarts: Borrowing for needed repairs not without risks

Dear Tony: Our strata corporation is trying to attempt a major project that includes our roofing and/or balcony deck renewals.  We have had the project detailed and prepared by an engineering company and the estimate of costs will be around

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Montrealer sole resident of condo building after other units rented on Airbnb

Andrew Chapman lives in a nine-unit condo building converted from a boutique hotel in downtown Montreal near the busy Berri metro station, a desirable home in a desirable area of an internationally popular city.  So much so, that Chapman has

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How strata-housing owners in B.C. can deal with disputes in the face of density

It was a routine dispute: A Vancouver strata council fined a tenant $400 for smoking on strata property.  The tenant, however, said he didn’t smoke. Even so, the tenant’s landlord paid the fines and the tenant paid him back. The

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Can I squeeze two vehicles into my condo parking spot?

Q: My unit has one parking spot which is large enough for my car and my motorcycle. The manager advises that I must remove one since the declaration refers to a parking spot for “a” motorized vehicle. The board interprets

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Decision in ‘toxic parking’ case confirms condo boards can lease common spaces (ON)

Antoni Casalinuovo says the decision reinforces the courts will give condo boards deference as long as they are being reasonable.  The Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled a condo board’s bylaw allowing it to lease common parking spots was reasonable.

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Dartmouth woman gets $1,200 for that sinking feeling (NS)

A Dartmouth, N.S., woman has won a $1,200 judgement against her condo corporation for a sinking floor, a court ruling one condo group says underlines for boards that run such buildings how they must take owner concerns seriously.  Rebecca Mercer

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Condo Smarts: Take formal council approach to deal with potential conflicts

Dear Tony: We are having some serious issues with two of our council members who are benefitting from their council involvement.  One works for the developer and constantly pushes any issues away from the developer’s responsibility and the other is

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Condo Smarts: Council decides if there is a conflict

Dear Tony: We are having some serious issues with two of our council members who are benefiting from their council involvement. One of them works for the developer and constantly pushes any issues away from the developer’s responsibility, and the

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Woman receives $11K power bill for condo as if ‘paying for the whole building’ (AB)

Vivian Kwan got quite a shock when she looked at her monthly electricity bill: it was $11,253.15.  “That would only make sense if I was paying for the whole building.”  The Edmonton woman moved into her new apartment on June

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Residents weigh in on condo regulations (AB)

Hundreds of condominium dwellers weighed in on future regulations at an open house last Thursday.  The provincial government passed the Condominium Property Amendment Act in December of 2014 and set up a general framework for regulations, but none of those

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Clayton Park condo fire leaves 20 homeless (NS)

Some occupants were at home at the time of the fire, but they got out safely and there were no injuries. Firefighters rescued a cat from one of the units. Six trucks and about 24 firefighters were on scene.  

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Local housing association say they want better engagement with RMR; seek city’s help

The Revelstoke Mountain Homeowners Association brought their concerns over a lack of development at RMR to Revelstoke city council. Councillors say they feel communication and better engagement are key in creating better relationships with stakeholders.   Read the article…………….

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Toronto wants future condo towers to be more pet-friendly

There are between four and eight pets on every Toronto highrise floor, city planners believe, and now they’re looking for new ways to handle that.  The city is turning to consultants to come up with a set of design guidelines

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Woman’s power shut down by condo after charging electric car (ON)

Kimberly Hsiung listened to the pleasant hum of the engine as she drove home in her new electric car.  She parked in her assigned space at her Nepean condo, then plugged the Chevrolet Volt into the post to charge overnight.

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Condo Culture: Renting your condo raises many concerns

Q. My wife and I want to rent our condo. What should we be aware of regarding this process? Thank you for any advice you can provide before we make our final decision.   Read the Q&A………..

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Open house on new condo rules held before new regulations come into effect (AB)

Changes to condo legislation proposed in 2014 are inching closer to reality, with a series of five open houses across the province.  Provincial condominium legislation was amended in 2014 and the government is now crafting regulations to support those amendments,

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What Ontario’s new condo rules mean for owners, boards

A new tribunal is being established to handle disputes between condominium owners and their boards, following a CBC News investigation earlier this year that uncovered alleged corruption and conflicts of interest.     Read the article………….

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