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City asked to designate public spaces on private property (ON)

In July, city council will decide whether new condo and commercial developments that incorporate green space, courtyards and other open spaces into their plans should be required to post signs stating the public is welcome.     Read more………

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Condo Smarts: Gloves come off in the garage

Dear Tony: Our strata council decided to host a garage sale in our parking garage this weekend. Our strata has done this in the past and it has worked out very well provided the sun was shining and we could

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Our condo board prez is the boss of everything. How do we dump him?

Q Our current condo president disregards everything the other directors say. He will not listen and seems to think he can make all the decisions without consulting the rest of the board. The rest of us board members feel our

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New Condo Rules Unveiled Today (MB)

The Manitoba government is introducing new rules designed to protect condo buyers.  The new Condominium Act wil extend the cooling off period from 48 hours to a full week.    Read more……..

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Condo Smarts: Strata board can tell you to butt out

Dear Tony: What happens if you are a smoker who lives in a strata building, and the building adopts a bylaw that prohibits smoking in all areas of the building, including your strata lot? My mother lives in a condo

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Condo Smarts: Yes, stratas can change the rules

Dear Tony: What happens if you are a smoker who lives in a strata building and the building adopts a bylaw that prohibits smoking in all areas of the building — your strata lot included.       Read more………

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Condo parking dispute leads to forced eviction of Port Coquitlam (BC) couple

The Port Coquitlam couple who lost a series of court cases over a dispute around parking spaces at their condo, have been forcibly evicted from their home, and the locks to the unit changed.     Read more……..

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CONDO Q: Questions answered on condo and strata living (BC)

This is a new feature exclusively available in Black Press community newspapers. It is written by volunteers familiar with the Strata Property Act and strata living, from the Vancouver Island Strata Owners Association.   Read more…….

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Crown shores condo building evacuated after carbon monoxide incident

The Crown Shores condo at 700 Willowbrook Rd. NW was evacuated on June 5 after the Airdrie Fire Department (AFD) determined CO levels in the building were “dangerously elevated.”    Read more…….

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Senior stuck with $11,600 hotel, food bill incurred during condo repair (ON)

A cash-strapped condominium corporation, facing a $15.3-million overhaul at Las Brisas, a Bathgate Drive high-rise, refuses to cover a senior’s $11,600 hotel and food bill after he was asked to vacate his penthouse unit for repairs to the building’s plumbing

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Young girl convinces grandmother not to fight condo fire

Officials say a young girl convinced her grandmother to leave a condo that had caught fire in Penbrooke Meadows on Tuesday, instead of battling the flames.  Read more…….

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Condo Smarts: Depreciation reports can’t predict everything

Dear Tony: How does a buyer know whether a depreciation report is accurate or not?    We have been looking at different condos in Surrey and Delta, and find reports confusing. Some reports do not include all of the items

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Condo Smoking Complaints

How far should the board go in accommodating unit owner complaints about smoking?   Read more……

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Foolhardy condo board directors a danger to themselves and to owners

Q My husband and I were stunned when the auditor began to read his audit report at our annual general meeting, and we found out that the reserve fund study was not updated every three years as required. We also

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Condo institute holds first Atlantic conference

There are almost 400 registered condominium corporations in Halifax Regional Municipality.  Despite this number, reflecting thousands of condominium owners, there is lots of confusion about the industry, Sharon Gutnik, president of the Nova Scotia chapter of the Canadian Condominium Institute,

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Oshawa condo corporation sues the City for millions

An Oshawa condominium corporation is asking the City of Oshawa for millions in condo fees for City-owned commercial units.   Read more……..

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Flood victims battle with insurance companies, contractors (AB)

Some condo owners in High River feel like they’re being victimized all over again. In a Global News investigation, we found they are caught in the middle of a battle between insurance companies, and contractors doing repairs     Read more………

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Condo Smarts: Make your vote count

Dear Tony: Could you please explain to strata owners the difference between a voting card and a ballot? Our strata corporation is an 88-unit townhouse complex and we consistently melt down into anarchy at our general meetings because they are

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Strata silence hurts buyers

Dear Tony: My name is Gerry and I have been working on a deal to purchase a lovely condo in North Vancouver, but we have hit a snag. The strata corporation had a depreciation report done in 2012 and in

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Nova Scotia condominium group seeks standard corporation bylaws

The Condominium Owners of Nova Scotia Association is seeking some standardization of bylaws governing condominium corporations.    Read more……….

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Calgary condo insurance costs skyrocketing

The cost to insure condo buildings in Calgary appears to be skyrocketing, and that could mean higher fees for owners.   Read more………

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Disputes illustrate need for online tribunals (Canada)

The underlying issues in all three of these cases are what province’s new online Civil Resolution Tribunal was supposed to fix.   Announced by B.C. in 2012, it is to be the first of its kind in North America and was

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Smoke-free condos on the rise in B.C.

Smoke-free Housing B.C. has been pushing for a ban on smoking in buildings for 10 years, but advocates say the concept is starting to take off with more than 100 apartment buildings now entirely smoke-free.     Read more…….

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Court rules against condo with smoking cigar (ON)

We have experienced an overwhelming smell of cigar smoke coming from the condominium unit above ours. What can we do?   Read more……..

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Strata council dealing with secret renters

Dear Tony: Our strata corporation has a bylaw that limits rentals in our 108-unit building to five at any given time. We currently have the five rented, with four on the waiting list, and 13 other exemptions.   Read more……..

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Condo Smarts: Owners vote to spend money they don’t have

Dear Tony: Our strata corporation had a general meeting in Kelowna last week and on the agenda we were asked to approve an amount of $710,000 by special levy for roof replacements in our complex.   The special resolution for the

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Toronto condo first to go ‘no parking,’ leading national trend

Another mile marker on the way to big change in automotive culture is a new and soaring 42-floor condominium structure on University Avenue in Toronto.   It offers lots of amenities, a nice selection of counter tops and bathroom tile, a

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Can balcony repairs really fall to inexperienced, ill-equipped unit owners?

Q We purchased a condo where there are bungalow-style units on the lower level and two-storey units stacked on top. The management has informed us that the owners are responsible for maintaining all the upper balconies attached to the buildings.

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Etobicoke condo goes without mail for weeks

Residents of an Etobicoke condo went without mail — or answers — for almost two weeks after Canada Post changed the lock to the communal mail room door.     Read more……..

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20-cm construction error costs Vancouver condo developer

A 20-centimetre construction error will cost brand new condo owners $175.17 per year for the life of the building.   Read more……..

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Seniors’ condo battle worse than reality TV show (Crazy legal disputes clogging B.C. courts)

The court documents read like the plot of an irresistible reality TV show — about senior citizens.  The drama that has unfolded at Abbotsford’s Carlisle condominium complex during the last four years involves allegations of egg-throwing, scooter-tampering and prank phone

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Leaky condo crisis rears its head again in B.C. Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/Leaky+condo+crisis+rears+head+again/9871711/story.html#ixzz32fJypP2m

Evidence of a second wave in British Columbia’s leaky-condo crisis is beginning to emerge, 15 years after the first one subsided. It is becoming more apparent as condo strata corporations prepare mandated depreciation reports on their buildings.     Read more……..

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Condo Culture: You’ve got mail — or will, if a condo meeting is planned

Q We are owners of a new condo and we look forward to attending our first condo meeting. However, we haven’t received any notice of an owners’ meeting yet. When would the notices be sent out, and if the date

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Condo Smarts: Amending budget mid-year fraught with risk, complications

Dear Tony: At our AGM last October, our strata passed a budget covering Nov. 1 2013 to Oct. 31, 2014. We are now seven months into our fiscal year and we are broke. We do not have enough money to

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Property managers reap benefits of Toronto’s condo boom

The property management business, which is now a staple in Vancouver’s real estate scene, is growing in Toronto as more and more condos are built.    Read more…….

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Condo Scene: The big reality of little details

Refined details can help elevate your condo from regular to outstanding. Many people think all condos in a building will look the same, given their similar blueprints and that buyers often choose to copy model suites. But by changing a

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Condo Smarts: Resolving short-term rental headaches

Dear Tony: We had several people in our building advertising on the “Vacation Rental by Owner” website, and routinely renting their units out on short-term one-, three- and five-day rentals. Since this has started, our building has experienced increased security problems,

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Condo Smarts: Vacation rentals open a whole can of worms

Dear Tony: We had several people in our building who had been advertising on the “Vacation Rental by Owner” website, and who have been routinely renting their units out on short-term, one-, three- and five-day rentals.  Since this activity has

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Condo Builders Get as Little Respect as Rob Ford, Developer Says

Builders of Toronto condominiums get as little respect these days as the embattled mayor, according to one of the city’s largest high-rise developers.   Read more……..

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Alberta condominum owners not given enough protection under new act: Canadian Condominium institute

Leaky roofs and faulty foundations could continue to cause problems for condominium buyers, because the government’s new legislation isn’t tough enough, according to the head of the local Canadian Condominium institute chapter.    Read more………

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Parking spot battle costs others thousands, gets B.C. couple kicked from condo

What started as a parking spot dispute devolved into such heavy legal gridlock that a judge has ordered a B.C. couple to vacate their condominium and deal with Mounties if they refuse to let the sale go ahead    Read

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Condo Culture: Pet limits can’t be enforced retroactively

Q: I live in at condo that did allow two dogs when I took possession of my unit two years ago. The board wants to change the condo declaration and the rules to one dog per unit allowed. What are

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PoCo condo owners grapple with neighbourhood problems

Clarke, who is also the development’s strata president, said the area has been the target of scavengers looking for metal, as well as drug users discarding needles and other paraphernalia in the alleys and bushes by the building.    It’s

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New changes to the Strata Act explained

Dear Tony: The annual general meeting for our strata corporation is in mid May. Three of the resolutions on the agenda are for the approval of repairs to the building but they are all written as a majority vote.  

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Emergency meeting called by condo assoc. in Saskatoon

At 4 p.m. on Thursday, Borden Crescent homeowners will sit down with Buffalo Ridge Development, also known as Vantage Homes, and an engineer from Triple M Housing to figure out how to best deal with ongoing structural problems with the

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Condo laws (AB) to get long awaited update

Alberta has begun the process of making things more fair for condo owners. Bill 13 has been given first reading in the legislature, and after some consultation over the summer, is expected to be passed this fall.    Read more………

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Condo owners ignoring depreciation reports

Fewer than 20% of the 30,000 strata corporations in British Columbia have agreed to acquire depreciation reports, which were mandated for most condominium buildings in December 2013 under the provincial Strata Property Act, Regulations and Amendments.     Read more……..

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Condo Smarts: Legislation requires stratas to upgrade elevators (BC)

Dear Tony: We are a 30-unit, four-storey, wood-frame building that recently received our depreciation report. Among the many repair and maintenance items identified, our depreciation report planner said we need to upgrade our elevator by October, 2015.  This is the

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Big Ideas: Give condo buildings what they need to become communities

Exerting a little leverage could go a long way toward turning condos into communities, say urban developers.   Read more…….

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Strata council trying to eliminate rentals

Dear Tony: I own three strata lots in a Burnaby condo building and have been elected to the strata council on many occasions over the years. Since 2010, there has been a trend to eliminate rentals in our building, so

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