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Broken elevator prompts Winnipeg man with disability to file human rights complaint

It’s been a week since residents living in a downtown condo complex have been without elevators and some are staying in hotels until the problem is fixed.  On Friday, Global News first brought you the story after dozens of elderly

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Condo Culture: Redacted minutes may limit conflicts

Q. I requested and received a copy of the minutes of our board meeting. However, I noticed there has been some items blacked out so I cannot read them. Can I not read complaints or issues that are discussed regarding

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CCI North Alberta Educational Conference aims to inform condo owners

Whether buying, renting, or managing a condominium, knowledge is power. To that end, the Canadian Condominium Institute’s (CCI) North Alberta chapter is hosting its Educational Conference & Trade Show on Saturday, April 29 in a new location to accommodate increased

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‘It’s mean to us’: Seniors stranded for a week after elevators at Winnipeg condo building break down

Seniors and people with mobility issues in a downtown condo building are stuck in their rooms for at least a week while building managers wait on parts for broken elevators.  The Colonnade is a 12-storey building on Edmonton Street. Several

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Lawyer wins $160,000 judgment against condo neighbours

An Ottawa lawyer and aspiring judge has won $160,000 in damages in a defamation lawsuit he brought against neighbours of a condominium he owns in Costa Rica.   David McNairn brought the action in Ontario, after two neighbours sent emails

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Condo assoc. speaks to hydrants (AB)

Local condo owners are requesting Strathcona County council to consider eliminating the private hydrant inspection and maintenance fees from multi-tenant properties.     Read the article…………..

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Condo Property Act deals with dirty, disruptive tenants

Q Our condo board is having some issues with an owner not keeping up hygiene and repair within his unit. Does the board have any legal right to take units over? He has not been able to rent it in

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New homeowners association wants Revelstoke Mountain Resort to re-focus on development

A newly formed housing association wants Revelstoke Mountain Resort to start focusing on development again. The Revelstoke Mountain Homeowners Association says it wants to be able to provide input on the future of development at the resort.     Read the

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Condo Smarts: Consult an experienced lawyer when pondering a strata sale

Dear Tony: Our strata is considering the option of selling. We have been approached by a developer who has offered us all 20 per cent above our current assessed values.  Because our strata is only 32 units, it has been

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Condo Smarts: Get legal help to sort out balcony-alteration problem

Dear Tony: We purchased a condo in Cook Street Village a number of years ago and love our community and our neighbours. Our building is aging and it is time for some significant upgrades.  The first priority is our aging

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Thousands of condo owners at risk as thieves bypass entry-phone systems with default passcodes

Joe Rae lives in a complex that has been hit by burglars who didn’t need a crowbar or any other tools of the trade to break into the building. Instead, it appears all they had was a default passcode for

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Edmonton couple caught hiding baby at adult-only condo (AB)

Michael Janz and Sally Tang hide two-month-old Miles as if he was a bag of drugs when they walk between their car and their suburban Edmonton condo.  “We call him Baby Moses because he’s not allowed in Egypt, and we

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Large fire damages Whistler condo complex (BC)

Flames ripped through the roof of a condo building in Whistler Saturday night, displacing several people in the process.  The fire broke out around 11 p.m. in building A of the Northstar townhouse complex. The three-storey building suffered fire damage

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Will condo unit owners get a slice of the hydro rebate?

We’ve seen an announcement that condominiums will be eligible for a proposed hydro rebate. Will our corporation be obligated to pass the rebate to the unit owners or can they place it in the operating fund?  Read the Q&A…………..

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Man sues elevator company over mishap in condo, says he hurt leg in fall

A retiree who says he hurt his leg after tumbling from a malfunctioning elevator in his downtown condominium is suing one of the world’s largest elevator companies for negligence.  In his unproven statement of claim before Ontario Superior Court, Kenneth

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Condo Questions: Condo Property Act deals with dirty, disruptive tenants

Q: Our condo board is having some issues with an owner not keeping up hygiene and repair within his unit. Does the board have any legal right to take units over? He has not been able to rent it in

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Condo residents not getting additional utility reduction (BC)

Lake Cowichan town council has said no to a request from a group of condo residents who called for further reductions in their utility bills.  A form letter sent to council by owners of six suites in The Wellington at

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Condo Smarts: Strata president refuses ramp request to help ailing resident

Dear Tony: I live in a townhouse complex in the Okanagan, and each home has three steps leading up to the front door. My husband recently had a mild stroke and requires a walker, so access has become a problem

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Condo Deposit Fraud results in Criminal Conviction for Developer’s Lawyer

A Toronto lawyer, Meerai Cho, was recently convicted of criminal breach of trust and had her licence to practice law revoked for her part in facilitating the theft of $13,000,000 by her client, a condominium developer. We previously blogged about

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More than 200 condo buyers may lose homes after development fails

About 200 people who bought condo units in an Etobicoke high-rise project may lose their homes after the development was placed into court-ordered receivership due to massive financial problems.  The project, still only about 15 per cent complete six years

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Edmonton adult-only condo resident backs campaign to ban age-restricted buildings

A resident of an adult-only condo in Mill Woods is concerned about his home’s re-sale value if he can’t sell to families or anyone looking to start a family.  Alberta is the only province in Canada that has 18-plus restrictions

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Pick or Pass: Is a Special Assessment the Reason Why This Home is Still on the Market?

Recently, there were two homes on the market with the same offer date and my clients were trying to figure out which one they would offer on – one in Port Credit, Mississauga and the other in Rathwood, Mississauga. We

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CBC INVESTIGATES Owners of condos with structural problems question city’s role in approving building plans

Owners in a Winnipeg condominium development with structural problems are questioning the city’s role in approving plans for the homes.  Board members of the Riverside Glen condominium corporation said they are “confused as to why or how the city of

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Condo Culture: If condo owes money, can tenants be forced to fork over cash?

Q. I’m thinking of buying a condo but have concerns regarding the condo fees. I realize that the condo fees may increase from year to year, but what about arrears in condo fees? What if a few owners fall behind

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City of Vancouver sues to shut down Airbnb rental

The City of Vancouver has taken its battle with Airbnb to B.C. Supreme Court — petitioning to stop the nightly rental of a two-bedroom townhome in Fairview Slopes.  The lawsuit targets East West Investments, the company registered as the owner

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CBC INVESTIGATES Structural weakness, coercion, and duress: a condo project goes off the rails

Imagine paying hundreds of thousands of dollars for a bungalow condominium close to a river and a golf course, only to learn city building inspectors think your new condo could face structural failure.  Then imagine learning the developer faced 56

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Condo Smarts: Strata president can’t install cameras without permission

Dear Tony: Our strata council has used money from our annual budget that was left over in our maintenance fund to purchase and install video cameras.  Without any notice to the owners, we suddenly have cameras in our elevators, lobbies,

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Norfolk closes lid on condo trash debate (ON)

Norfolk County Council finally closed the lid on condominium trash pickup Tuesday evening by extending it to a majority of unit owners, but not without a final kick at the metaphorical can.  The previous week, during the Tuesday, March 21

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Vancouver’s disabled drivers fight for ‘basic right’ to wheelchair accessible parking in condos

When 35-year-old Yasaman Best drives back home from work, she crosses her fingers in the hopes that there will be a disabled parking spot available in her visitor parking when she arrives.  But often she returns home to see vehicles

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Condo owners file $3M suit over developers’ hidden charges

An Ottawa woman has filed a $3-million class action against builder Theberge Developments Ltd., over allegations that the firm deceived purchasers with hidden costs and broken promises. The lawsuit, which was filed by Sabrina Heyde on behalf of over a

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Can two people run together for one board position?

Q:  My partner and I are both on title for our unit. Can we run together for a board position and, if elected, hold it as one position?     Read the Q&A…………….

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Neighbours’ kids turning condo into a playground

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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Ottawa condo owners fight back with class action against builder

An Ottawa woman has launched a $3-million class action on behalf of more than 100 condo owners, claiming builder Theberge Developments Ltd. failed to deliver on its promises and blindsided purchasers with hidden costs.  Sabrina Heyde, 31, alleges the builder

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Condo Smarts: Open bidding best way to gauge strata’s value

Dear Tony: Our strata corporation is considering calling for an 80 per cent vote to sell our property. The council brought a proposal from a developer to the owners four months ago with a recommendation that we consider selling. The

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Broken water main leaves Edmonton condo dwellers without water for six days — and counting (AB)

On Monday morning, several residents of a south Edmonton condominium complex could be seen carrying empty buckets and bottles towards a water-dispensing truck parked on the street outside the building — only to find it empty.  Two trucks — one

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County trash collection coming to condo corps

Hundreds of homeowners in Norfolk are about to receive municipal trash collection for the very first time.  After years of lobbying, Norfolk council Tuesday approved two collection methods that will be feasible at 24 of the county’s 33 condominium corporations.

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Condo Culture: Reserve fund studies essential

Q. My husband is a new board member and just found out a reserve fund study is required this year. Other board members informed him there are three different kinds of reserve fund studies. This is a brand new property

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Condo Smarts: Denying voter rights could make bylaws unenforceable

Dear Tony: I was the developer on a recent project. I sold the 18 residential units and retained two commercial units as our head office. We gave notice of the first annual meeting as soon as 50 per cent of

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Condo Fire Has Residents Evacuated in Mississauga

Multiple residents were forced to evacuate their units after a major blaze broke out at a Mississauga apartment building.  In the early hours of Wednesday, March 22, a fire started inside an eleventh floor apartment unit in a residential highrise

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Change in B.C. strata law has unintended consequences

When the B.C. government changed the law last year to make it easier for condominium owners to group together to sell their complexes, it inadvertently gave life to a second, and controversial, method of selling homes.  While owners in dozens

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Concerns voiced about Condo Act overhaul

Lawyers are expressing concerns over the timing of the rollout of extensive draft regulations by the provincial government to amend the Condominium Act, saying it will leave them little time to bring clients up to speed.  Odysseas Papadimitriou says it

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B.C. tribunal paves way for cyber solutions to small claims disputes

B.C. residents will soon be able to sidestep a physical courtroom and fight many small claims disputes online.  Starting June 1, the Ministry of Justice says the Civil Resolution Tribunal will begin accepting small claims cases involving amounts of $5,000

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Alarmed at having to pay for smoke detectors: Condo Law

The fire alarms positioned outside the kitchens in our units go off whenever something is cooking on the stove. The board says that the alarms are old and have become too sensitive and the corporation plans to replace them at

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Condo owners cashing out by selling entire projects (BC)

Owners of a 114-unit condominium complex in North Vancouver have become among the first to achieve court approval to sell their entire complex to a developer.  The BC Supreme Court approved Anthem Properties’ bid of $51 million for the 6.5-acre

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Are short-term rental firms like Airbnb turning Toronto’s condos into hotels?

Depending on who you ask, Lisa Marion represents either the bane of condo owners or the future of short-term rentals in Toronto.  Marion, a self-described short-term rental expert, is co-owner of a small property rental company “specializing in Airbnb-style rentals.”

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Airbnb driving up rent in Toronto, group says

Airbnb has launched an ad campaign targeting homeowners struggling to pay their mortgages, but a local coalition is calling on the city to impose stricter rules on the burgeoning short-term rental market.  While the hot housing market in Toronto has

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After Langley condo fire, sprinkler rules change

The provincial government has tightened sprinkler regulations for four-storey wood-frame buildings in the wake of a fire that gutted a Langley condo.  The update to the BC Building Code will require fire sprinklers on balconies.  When the Paddington Station condo

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Condo Smarts: What is a ‘reasonable’ alteration to a unit?

Dear Tony: We live in a 26-unit townhouse complex in the Tri Cities area (Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam and Port Moody). Unlike conventional side-by-side townhouses, we have one on top of the other. Thirteen owners enter their units from the lower

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New condo-sale rule brings relief to many, grief to some (BC)

Developers, lawyers, realtors and some condominium own-ers rejoiced last summer when the B.C. government changed the law to make it easier for strata corporations to sell assets.  The government’s Bill 40 lowered the bar so that if 80% of the

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Condo Culture Q&A: Has Bill 106 become law for all condos in Ontario?

Q. I keep hearing about Bill 106 and how it’s made significant changes regarding the governing of our condominium corporation. Is there a new act in place?    Read the article………….

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