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Fire damages west end condo complex (AB)

Residents of a west end condo complex were sent scrambling Thursday morning due to fire.  Fire officials were called to the 4-storey complex, located at 172 Street and 76 Avenue, around 8:00 a.m. Flames could be seen coming out of

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Coquitlam strata corporation seeks dissolution under Bill 40

Owners in a 58-unit condominium development are petitioning the British Columbia Supreme Court (BCSC) to dissolve their Coquitlam strata corporation so it can be sold to Anthem Properties Group Ltd. for $32 million even though nine owners oppose the sale.

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Summary of New Regulations Now Available

The moment we’ve all been waiting for is almost here!  A detailed summary of the proposed amendments to the regulations under the Condominium Act was just released for review and comment.  The four key areas are:    Read the article……………

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‘Why did we buy this place?’: Condo owners want developer to fix problems in new build (MB)

Jennifer Dreger checks the windowsill of her master bedroom window. She’s worried water will seep down from the attic of her new Winnipeg condo again.  Dreger and her husband, Wayne, moved into Park City Condominiums, a Transcona development built by

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Condo act updates aim to improve consumer protection (AB)

The Alberta government is poised to announce the first phase of amendments to the Condominium Property Act.  New legislation was passed in 2014 to bring in stricter regulations to protect consumers and make developers more accountable. In all, 50 amendments

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Condo corporation looks for water bill refund (YT)

A local condominium corporation is calling on the city to refund more than $18,000 in fees it paid to the city for water.  Karin Keeley-Eriksson, president of Condo Corp. 221, told city council Monday night that the water meter for

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City to assume costs, maintenance of lighting around condo (ON)

City council, in a close 5-4 vote, on Tuesday evening agreed to take over the costs and maintenance of lighting around a Kingston waterfront condominium development.  The Frontenac Condominium Corp. had asked the city to take over the operation of

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Condo Smarts: Building commissioning protects owners’ interests

Dear Tony: We purchased a unit in a new strata in 2015 that is part of several properties with Air Parcel Agreements, and I have become involved as our strata treasurer.  It has been confusing trying to figure out how

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City asked to take over pathway lighting costs by condominium corporation (ON)

A waterfront trail is the focus of a political debate over who should pay the lighting bills.  The pathway runs along Commodore’s Cove on King street west.  For decades, the condo corporation has paid the electricity lighting costs.  But the

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Condo Questions: Condo boards have control over common property

Q: We live in a 25-year-old, 37-unit bungalow-style bareland condo. The board has forbidden any owners from talking with contractors. Many owners have board-approved flower gardens surrounding their units, and some have been maintaining the trees and shrubs adjacent to

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If problem condo director is elected board cannot remove her

Q: A former board member intends to stand for election to the board at the next annual general meeting. She has shown herself to be confrontational and nitpick everyone and everything. Our excellent property manager has threatened to resign. Two

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5 Very Surprising Things Your Condo Board Can Do

There’s been quite a bit of talk about what condo boards can and cannot do in the wake of a recent court decision regarding Airbnb. Considering how pervasive condominiums are in our modern society, it’s a wonder that there’s so

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Condo Smarts: Counting of votes causes problems

Dear Tony: Our strata corporation is having a battle over the results of votes at our general meetings. Our strata manager takes our minutes, and has always just shown whether a resolution is carried or fails. At our most recent

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Light at end of tunnel following Oliver condo fiasco (BC)

Linda Gergely and dozens of others in Oliver have been living a condo owner’s worst nightmare for almost four years.  Sixty residents of the Park Place Complex were advised to vacate their homes in 2013.  It came following an engineering

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Homeowner’s unauthorized pet sparks fight with council (BC)

Dear Tony: Our strata council has been fighting with a new owner for six months over an unauthorized pet. We have a bylaw that permits only one cat per strata lot, with the exception of guide dog and service dogs.

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Millennials denied Toronto condo rental due to their age

It’s tough enough finding a decent place to rent in Toronto’s red-hot housing market, but it’s proving even harder for at least two millennials who say they’ve just been denied a condo rental because of their age.   Ryan Young,

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Condo Culture: Director suffering from memory loss will have to leave position on board

Q. Over the last year one of our fellow directors has been having significant memory problems. This person cannot remember what was voted on or what decisions were made an hour after the meeting. We are not sure what we

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Unfinished Kamloops condo draws the ire of neighbours (BC)

Kamloops city council received an earful from an angry resident this week, demanding to know what the city plans to do with an empty shell of a condo tower that stands prominently overlooking the north shore.  The Mission Hill condo

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Condo Smarts: Strata hit by heavy cost of snowfall

Dear Tony: I am the president of my townhouse strata in Surrey. The snowfall that we experienced over the Christmas season will result in our year-end budget being in a deficit and our council is not sure how to handle

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Trump Tower developer sues Vancouver construction company for alleged shoddy work and bad management

The developer of Trump International Tower and Hotel is suing a local construction company, claiming that shoddy work and poor management of trade contractors delayed the high-profile project.  Holborn Developments (West Georgia) Ltd. filed a notice of civil claim on

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Condo Questions: Condo board needs clear evidence of bylaw breach to enforce penalty

Q: I have lived in my townhouse for 17 years, but our condo board and property management group of the last six years are being selective about the bylaws they enforce, and actually look like they are not enforcing any

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When do I need approval for alterations to my strata lot?

Dear Tony: I live in a 16 unit strata in North Vancouver. Several owners within our strata have made significant changes to their condos. One owner has gutted their interior and upgraded flooring, redesigned the kitchen, laundry and bathrooms. Other

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Crown urges $350K fine against elevator company for serious incident at Toronto condo

The prosecution wants a $375,000 fine imposed on one of the world’s largest elevator companies for breaching safety rules.  ThyssenKrupp Canada — part of a huge multinational — was found guilty in Ontario court in November of four offences related

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Disability could require corporation to repair water softener: Condo Law

Q: Our building has a water softener that has worked for about two of the five weeks we have lived in our unit. My husband is on dialysis and his skin is extremely sensitive to hard water. Who is responsible

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First strata wind-up without unanimous vote goes to court (BC)

British Columbia Supreme Court is considering approving the first petition to wind up a strata corporation since B.C. passed a law making it easier for condominium owners to sell their complexes without achieving a unanimous vote of all owners.  Owners

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Condo Questions: Condo board needs clear evidence of bylaw breach to enforce penalty

Q: I have lived in my townhouse for 17 years, but our condo board and property management group of the last six years are being selective about the bylaws they enforce, and actually look like they are not enforcing any

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Condo complex ‘gutted’ by early morning fire (AB)

Medicine Hat firefighters quickly knocked down a blaze at a condominium complex, preventing it from reaching neighbouring structures which could have caused the fire to spiral out of control.  “The whole unit is gutted,” said Terry Stuber, the acting platoon

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Condo Smarts: Apartment buyers get unexpected expenses

Dear Tony: Our situation is something every first-time home buyer should be aware of.  We purchased a unit in an older four-floor, wood-frame apartment building in Richmond in September of 2016. At the time, we were aware of a new

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Kitec plumbing in condos should be revealed (ON)

Should condominium corporations disclose the existence of Kitec plumbing to potential buyers on their status certificates? That was the question Natalie asked me after she had bought and sold a condominium townhouse on Kenneth Ave. last year.  Kitec plumbing is

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Condo Culture: Attend owners’ meetings to keep informed about your condo investment

Q. My wife and I are new condo owners. So far, we have not received any notices about any meetings. I heard there is an annual general meeting as well. How long before a meeting should we receive notice of

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ACMO issues service alert about fob duplication

The Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario (ACMO) issued a service alert ahead of the winter holidays about an emerging security concern. In the Dec. 21 alert, ACMO said it had recently become aware of third-party contractors in the GTA

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Condo Smarts: Owner fined for someone else’s change

Dear Tony: I have owned my strata lot for 22 years in East Vancouver.  In September, I received a notice from my strata council that I had altered my balcony without written permission, and unless I was prepared to have

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Gas leak in Maple Ridge condo forces residents out into the cold (AB)

45 residents of a condo building in Maple Ridge had a very cold night because of a natural gas leak.  Fortis BC was called out to the building on Harris Road near 124th Avenue shortly after 11:30 Wednesday night because

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Condo Smarts: Victoria residents’ holiday ruined by parties in unit

Dear Tony: Our strata experienced several parties over the holidays that were unbearable for the residents. One owner rented their unit out on a short-term basis and the renters hosted several open-house-type parties that resulted in security problems, damage to

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Little dog, big hero: Puppy credited with saving residents from West Vancouver fire

A dog has saved the day after his barking in the middle of the night alerted his owner to a condo fire.  Brittany Cosgrove was sleeping soundly in her downtown apartment in the early hours of today (sun) when she

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Carbon monoxide leak cleared out condo

A scare for residents of a condominium on the city’s waterfront Friday afternoon as firefighters were called to the scene when a CO detector went off.  Read the article…………….

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Ontario court upholds condo rule banning short-term rentals

Condo owners who rented their suite for short-term stays violated the building’s rules, an Ontario court ruled earlier this month.  The Ottawa condo’s single-family restriction, covered in the board’s declaration, was breached when the unit was rented out through websites

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Calgary condo blames 12% fee hike on minimum wage, carbon tax but economist doubts claims (AB)

A property management company is blaming Alberta’s increased minimum wage and the carbon tax for rising condo fees, but an economist who has studied both provincial policies says they appear to have little to do with the increase.  Calgary condo-owner

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Condo Culture: Board should take immediate action against owners who do not pay fees

Q. I have heard that a few owners have fallen behind in their condo fees. This worries me because I know our monthly condo fees are necessary for the operations of our condominium property. I don’t want our condo fees

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Do You Know the Rules of Condo Living in Mississauga?

The might of the heavy hand of the condo corporation has been in the news lately. Recently, a judge ruled in favor of an Ottawa condo corporation that took legal action against residents who rented out their suite on short-term

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Legal line between renovations and repairs to shared space: Condo Law

Our board has recently spent more than $500,000 in cosmetic work — such as refurbishing hallways and the lobby. Two directors are real estate agents and the refurbishing helps them sell units. Is the expenditure valid?   Read the Q&A…………..

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Vote signals first condo wind-up approval under new law (BC)

Owners of a Vancouver condominium complex have became the first in B.C.’s history to successfully vote to dissolve their strata corporation and sell their building to a developer without obtaining unanimous support.  On December 12, more than 20 owners voted

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Smoking caused Langley City condominium fire: fire chief

The Dec. 13 fire that left more than 100 people homeless in Langley City was the result of smoking, City fire chief Rory Thompson said in an email to City council members.  “We have concluded our investigation which was conducted

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Families displaced by Langley condo fire may face two-year wait to return home

He says many displaced families will spend Christmas in hotels.  “They certainly won’t be able to return to the apartment. It looks like reconstruction of it could take up to two years, so it will be at this point, really

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Developers want to buy out owners of troubled Burlington condo

Two development firms and a real estate brokerage want to buy out the owners of a structurally problematic condo on New Street to build anew on the site.  Offering fair market value will mean paying three times more than what

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Condo Smarts: Strata unit owners must repair flood damage

Dear Tony: We have an unusual situation. A flood occurred in our building and the damages were below the deductible, which is $25,000. Three suites — 301, 201 and 101 — were damaged, and each owner was instructed to contact

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Massive Langley condo fire could have been prevented by newer building practices: developer

The spectacular fire that raged through a Langley condominium complex on Sunday likely wouldn’t have taken hold if it had been built under newer practices for placing additional sprinklers in four-storey wood-frame buildings, according to the developer that built the

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Massive fire rips through large condo building in Langley

A massive condo fire has left some Langley residents without a home during a cold snap two weeks before Christmas.  It has consumed a four-storey building in the 5600 block of 201A Street.   Read the article…………

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Ontario court ruling says condo buildings can ban sharing services such as Airbnb

In a ruling that could have wider implications, an Ontario court has said that condominium corporations have the authority to ban unit owners from renting out their properties on services such as Airbnb or Expedia.  In a 14-page decision released

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RCMs may have head start in move to licensing

Registered Condominium Managers (RCMs) may be on the fast track to obtaining the license that will soon be required to manage condominiums in Ontario. Those who possess the professional designation might simply have to pass an exam on the recently

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