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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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‘Fought for over a year now’: Alberta gets lots of feedback on condo act changes

Condo owners are eager to see changes coming to the way their properties are regulated in Alberta.  The province is overhauling the Condominium Property Act and finding no shortage of feedback.  Rose Wright wants more openness and transparency from her

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Condo Smarts: When disaster strikes, who keeps paying the bills?

Dear Tony: Our building was recently damaged in a fire that has required everyone to move out while the fire, water and smoke damage is repaired. We have been informed that it could be up to a year before we

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Critic says summer is a bad time for condo consultations (AB)

As the province launches a round of public condo consultations in Alberta’s major cities, one advocate for homeowners’ rights is critical of the open houses.  June Donaldson runs the website albertacondominiums.ca and has been pressing for regulation changes on condos

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Proposed Condo Manager Licensing Fees – Public Comment Sought

The Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario (“CMRAO”) is seeking public comment on proposed licensing fees for condominium managers and condominium management firms.    Read the article………….

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New condo laws target boards and directors (ON)

The Ontario government has announced a series of changes to the way condominium boards are governed.  The announcement comes after CBC Toronto uncovered problems that downtown condo owners were having with several boards, including alleged corruption and conflicts of interest.

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Ontario Implementing New Protections for Condo Residents this Fall

Ontario is moving forward to better protect condo owners and residents by increasing consumer protections in Ontario’s condo communities.  Today the Minister of Government and Consumer Services, Tracy MacCharles, announced new protections for condo communities taking effect this fall. Changes

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Ontario to roll out new rules for condo boards

Condo dwellers who want to sit on their building’s board will be required to be trained in the management and operation of their homes under new rules announced by the Ontario government Tuesday.  ?The new policies are designed to better

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Condo Questions: Are condo owners liable for common property repairs?

Q: Several units in our condo building have had moisture or water problems in their basements over the last few years, and the board has made attempts to mitigate them. Last fall, they commissioned an engineering assessment on the problem,

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Alberta government looking for public input on condo legislation

The provincial government is looking for Albertans’ take on new condominium rules, and they’re holding open houses around the province to hear what they have to say.  The engagement sessions allow condo owners, condo corporations, managers and others to suggest

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Readers follow-up on condo rules around installing a balcony sun screen

I recently advised that a condominium corporation is not entitled to prevent a unit owner with a skin disease from erecting a sun screen on her balcony. Some follow-up questions I received: If the corporation approves the installation of the

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Beef with the board? Provincial condo consultations will help shape regulations (AB)

Service Alberta is hosting public consultations sessions over the next two weeks to get feedback on condo governance issues.  Minister Stephanie McLean says many condo owners are concerned about their rights and want greater protections.  “People have felt picked on

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Condo Smarts: Victoria city council requests changes to the Strata Property Act

Dear Tony: Is it true that the government is going to cancel the ability of strata corporations to enforce any type of rental limitation or restriction bylaws?  Our strata is a 50-unit apartment building in Victoria and we permit five

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Condo Smarts: Eliminating rental restrictions will increase speculation

Dear Tony: Is it true that the government is going to cancel the ability of strata corporations to enforce any type of rental limitation or restriction bylaws? Our strata is a 50-unit apartment building in Victoria and we permit five

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Qualicum Beach councillor wants to end age restrictions in strata complexes (BC)

A Qualicum Beach councillor says age restrictions are stopping young families from finding affordable housing in the community. Kendall Hanson reports.   Read the article……………

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Ottawa lawyers scuttle attempted condo board takeover

Three individuals tried to gain control of a Toronto condo board and its multimillion-dollar budget by manipulating the director election process, an investigation by Ottawa law firm Nelligan O’Brien Payne has found.  Lawyers uncovered evidence of forged signatures, suspect proxy

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Victoria councillor looks to ban strata prohibitions on rentals (BC)

Strata councils should not be allowed to prohibit long-term rentals, a Victoria councillor says.  Coun. Ben Isitt proposed the city ask the province to change legislation so rentals could not be prohibited by strata councils. Under his proposal, strata councils

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Condo owners will be out for a while (BC)

Water’s Edge condo residents who watched as their building went up in flames last Saturday will not be going home anytime soon, says George Mapson, strata president.  About 40 of the 65 units in Waters Edge were compromised in the

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Condo Culture: Owner negligence could result in pet eviction

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

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Toronto condo resident learns her key opens other units

A condo resident in Toronto’s east end is raising concerns about the security of her building after she learned her key opens not only her front door — but also the door to other units.  Aurella Daigle, who lives at

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Condo Smarts: Strata corporation can’t file bylaws that weren’t voted on

Dear Tony: Thank you for your column that acknowledged a strata corporation is not permitted to alter bylaws that have been approved by the owners for the purpose of filing in the Land Title Registry.  We are a new strata

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Condo fire forces out families (BC)

The blaze that broke out in a Vernon condominium Monday has forced 29 people from their homes.  Eight units in Arbor Lee Strata (3800 40th Ave.) were heavily damaged (while damage was also sustained to additional units) after a fire

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City of Vancouver faces complex negotiations on 717 expiring strata leases in False Creek South (BC)

The City of Vancouver has created a framework to negotiate with residents leasing municipal lands in False Creek South.  This will guide the city in talks, given what a staff report describes as “complex nature of the legal arrangements between

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Condo owners could be out for years (BC)

On Saturday around 11:30 a.m., a fire started on the roof of the almost-complete, 21-unit Water’s Edge North condo complex on Truswell Road, a block from Okanagan Lake, just south of the Hotel Eldorado.  On Monday, all that was left

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Court rules on condo lien deadlines (ON)

The Ontario Court of Appeal has confirmed that the 90-day deadline for condominium corporations to register liens applies when a unit owner fails to pay costs in compliance orders.   In CIBC Mortgages Inc. v. York Condominium Corporation No. 385,

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Can my condo board prevent me from installing a sun shade to protect my skin?

Q:  I need to protect myself from the sun, having recently been diagnosed with a skin disease. I want to have a roller sun shade installed on my balcony, which receives sun most of every afternoon. Can the board forbid

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New hitch for group condo sales causing anguish among residents (ON)

It is already hard enough to get 22, or 50, or 179 people to agree to sell their condos en masse to a developer – the real estate trend that is currently dominating conversation in many strata buildings in the

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Condo Smarts: Record-keeping duties can’t be handed to owners

Dear Tony: Our strata corporation has a bylaw that requires owners to maintain copies of minutes, bylaws and rules, and makes each owner responsible for providing them to the next buyer.    Read the Q&A…………

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Angry owners take control of a condo board plagued by controversy

A small group of people accused of aggressively taking control of GTA condo boards — and their multi-million-dollar budgets — was replaced at the upscale Five Condos Wednesday night.  It’s the second time in less than a week that the

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Condo Smarts: Providing documents to buyers is strata’s job

Dear Tony: Our strata corporation has a bylaw that requires owners to maintain copies of minutes, bylaws and rules, and makes each owner responsible to provide them to the next buyer. I sit on our strata council and we have

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Richmond man who fought Mandarin-only meetings moves away (BC)

A Richmond man who took his fight over Mandarin-only strata meetings at his townhouse complex to the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal has moved away from the city with his family.  Andreas Kargut and six other residents filed a class-action complaint

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Cause of Kitchener condo fire can’t be determined, families forced out assess the damage

Officials still aren’t sure what caused a fire at a Kitchener condo complex that forced two families out of their homes and sent four people to hospital.  The fire started sometime around 4 a.m. Saturday on Elm Ridge Drive, in

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Airbnb issue tough nut to crack for Victoria city council (BC)

Rental vacancy rates near zero, along with a mounting lobby from strata councils and the hospitality industry, is bringing increased pressure on Victoria city council to limit online platforms such as Airbnb.   Hotel managers and tourism representatives have spoken

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Condo Culture: Dripping water renders balcony unusable

Q: There are a few balconies above me that are closed in and have air conditioners that extend out past the balcony railing. My balcony is located on the first level of our condo building and extends further out from

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Strata fines senior $50 for hanging Canadian flags on his property (BC)

With the country ready to celebrate its 150th birthday, flags are popping up in windows as Canadians everywhere show their patriotism.  In one Qualicum Beach complex, that patriotic spirit is actually costing one senior – to the tune of $50.

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Condo Smarts: New owner discovers change to bylaws

Dear Tony: Our strata of 48 townhouses passed new bylaws in April this year. One of our council members had agreed to file the bylaws that were issued with the notice, and properly passed by a three-quarter vote resolution with

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25 homes remain displaced one year after Mississauga house explosion

Mississauga mayor Bonnie Crombie is calling on the insurance companies involved in the Hickory Drive house explosion to expedite claim settlements so displaced residents can return to their homes. “Let this be a call out to the insurance companies to

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Condo owners face $250 fines for opening garage door too soon (ON)

Majid Tadayon says he is facing a $250 fine because he didn’t allow his condo garage door to close and then reopen during the morning rush.  The board at his building, Canvas at Millrise, came up with a rule that

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Tossed cigarettes result in 24 house fires so far this year (AB)

Two recent fires that caused major damage to residential buildings are among 24 fires this year sparked by improperly discarded smoking materials, Edmonton Fire Rescue Services says.  A fire that displaced residents at an apartment building in west Edmonton on

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Townhouse condo building destroyed in Yellowknife fire

A fire at Yellowknife’s Ward Crescent on Monday has left at least one three-unit townhouse building destroyed and two others with damage.  Officials say they believe everyone made it out of the buildings safely.  The fire began at the Diamond

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My condo board voted to remove a director — was this wrong?: Condo Law

Q: Our condo board recently excluded one of the directors from an executive board meeting at which the other four board members voted to remove the excluded director from the board. Was this proper?    Read the Q&A…………….

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Condo Questions: Condo boards must provide reasons for denying owner requests

Q: Three years ago we bought a condominium unit with a balcony overlooking a river, and each year we are inundated with mayflies from May until September. I approached the condo board for permission to screen in the patio, which

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Cobourg condo buildings evacuated after flooding (ON)

Flooding forced the evacuation of two Cobourg condo buildings.  The condo buildings located at 125-145 Third Street were safely evacuated on Friday, June 23 due to flooding affecting the electrical system in the basement, according to a release issued by

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Canadian flags swarm condo balconies

What’s remarkable isn’t that Pauline Stewart persuaded 96 of her Songhees Point neighbours to hang flags from their condo balconies for Canada’s 150th.  No, what’s extraordinary is that her 84-year-old twin did exactly the same thing at her own condo

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Condo Smarts: Strata corporations deal with two types of debts

Dear Tony: I have recently become the treasurer of our strata council. In reviewing the correspondence to collections, a number of owners have complained about the strata management company back charging them for administrative or service costs.  We have nothing

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Condo Smarts: Management firm can’t bill strata owners directly

Dear Tony: I have recently become the treasurer of our strata council.  In reviewing the correspondence to collections, several owners have complained about the strata management company back-charging them for administrative or service costs. We have nothing in our contract

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Kids and condos still don’t mix in Alberta: Brewing fight looms over legal age-discrimination

Alberta is the last province in Canada to allow developers, condo boards and landlords to discriminate on who is allowed to live where based on age, except seniors  Read the article……………

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Regina condo owners could be looking at fee hike (SK)

John McCormick doesn’t get his garbage picked up by the city, even though he now pays for it. The city used to give a rebate because it doesn’t collect waste from condominiums, but that was dumped in the latest budget.

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Giving notice to the strata: When can council members say no?

Dear Tony:  The president of our strata council has decided on a policy that any type of notice given to the strata corporation, or a request for information or hearings, must go through her or it is deemed not to

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