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Fire Safety dos and don’ts in a condominium building

Q: How important is it to have the Annual Fire Inspection completed in a condominium and can you offer some helpful tips in keeping our condos safe?   Read more……..

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Frozen pipe problems for residents of Tuxedo condo building

Residents of a Winnipeg condo building have been without running water after pipes froze.  That has posed an extra challenge for some residents.      Read more……..

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Condo Smarts: Condos build strong community networks

Dear Tony: I want to thank you for your many years of columns, and hope that you would consider a column about the really good side of living in a condo.  We are fortunate to live in a 48-unit condo

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Condo Smarts: Happy Stratas

Dear Tony: I want to thank you for your many years of columns, and hope that you would consider a column about the really good side of living in a condo.  We are fortunate to live in a 48-unit condo

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Your super’s job details are only partially confidential

Q. Our high-rise condo has employed the services of a live-in superintendent. The remuneration for this job includes a rent-free unit. As well, they have free cable, telephone services, a good salary and insurance coverage. I have no problem with

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Condo recycling less than a year away amid questions around compliance

With mandatory condo recycling less than a year away, city officials can’t say whether more multi-family buildings have complied with the new bylaw since it was approved by council two years ago.    Read more……..

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Hydro cuts trees despite complaints from Dollard condo owners

A group of Dollard-des-Ormeaux residents have failed in their bid to persuade Hydro-Québec to abort its plan to cut down several dozen mature trees on a Hydro right-of-way running along the southern border of two condominium developments east of Sources

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Major Fire Breaks Out at Coquitlam Condo Building

Multiple rigs have responded to the fire, which began late this afternoon before 4:30 p.m. Numerous units at the four-storey tall building are extensively damaged by fire and water.   Read more……….

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Hydrant fee a ‘cash cow’ for city

The cluster of detached single-family dwellings doesn’t look unlike any other newer Hespeler subdivision, but is considered by the city to be a “townhouse condominium development”.  Read more………

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Living Small: Parking critical in condo projects

Forget about the rooftop patio, glossy kitchen, or perfect view.  Those might be the first things a buyer looks for in a condominium, but they’re not the first things a developer thinks about when drawing plans for a project.  

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Maintenance fees take a toll on Toronto condo owners.

Four years ago, Craig Gagliano did something virtually unheard of in Toronto’s condo industry.   The resident of the west-end Toy Factory Lofts and president of its condo board cut monthly maintenance fees for each of the building’s 213 units —

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Condo Smarts: Correcting five significant strata mistakes

Dear Tony: We had our AGM on Saturday, and our property manager chaired our meeting. The manager also did registration, certified proxies and took minutes. Needless to say, the owners have lost confidence in the manager, and we tried to

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Toronto lawyer facing 426 charges in $15M condo fraud

Toronto lawyer Meerai Cho is facing 426 charges in relation to an alleged condo fraud where buyers lost $14.9 million in a building that never went up.    Read more……….

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Condo law: Board must wait for resignation before appointing new director

One of our directors has advised that while his term will not be up at the next AGM he will resign several months after the AGM. Can the board appoint a director at that AGM to fill the vacancy when

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Strata Living: Bylaw blues

Dear Tony: We are in a bizarre dispute with our strata council and the source of the problem is how the strata provides bylaws to the owners. We moved into our building 18 months ago and upon arrival were given

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Condo Smarts: Manager has it wrong

Dear Tony: We had our AGM on Saturday, and our property manager ended up chairing our meeting. The manager also did registration, certified proxies and took the minutes.   Read more…….

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How micro condos are facing their first real test in Canada this year

The appeal of so-called shoebox condos — no larger than the size of two average living rooms — will face its first real test in Canada this year, with an influx of the compact homes set to hit the country’s

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Can the board sneak through a reserve-fund expense?

Q. Our complex has so much extra equipment and things that need to be stored and no place to store them. We have a small community consisting of 30 units. There is a small common area at the back of

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Calgary losing too many trees to ‘condo disease,’ say inner-city residents

Ninety-nine years and some months ago, Calgary’s first parks superintendent William Reader planted a green ash tree on a boulevard along 5A Street SW that has since been designated a “community historic resource.”     Read more……….

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Condo Smarts: Meeting chairman is not the boss of the strata

Dear Tony: We have an owner in our strata who always chairs our annual meeting and is absolutely horrible to our owners. This man was introduced to the owners as a parliamentarian who specialized in meetings for associations and strata

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New legislation favours condominium buyers (MB)

NEW legislation came into effect this week that provides better protection for condo buyers, but also creates some potential headaches for some sellers.    Read more……….

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Changes To Condo Act Take Effect Sunday (MB)

The wild west for apartment-to-condo conversions is being reined in under new provincial condo laws taking effect Sunday.  They cover everything from grandfathering existing pets, to information disclosure to potential buyers.    Read more……….

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Mariner’s Haven wants to become a gated community in Collingwood

A Collingwood condominium complex wants to become a gated community.  Representatives from Mariner’s Haven were at the development and operations committee meeting on Monday night, pleading their case for why they need a gate at the front of their community.

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Condo Smarts: A matter of tact

Dear Tony: Our strata council routinely uses email to make decisions and share information with each other and with owners. Our strata is relatively new and our owners have all signed up for email notice of minutes and general information.

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Listing agents may have provided condo keys to Craigslist rental scammers

Real estate agents may have unwittingly aided a Craigslist rental scam that swindled hundreds of thousands of dollars from would-be renters, by providing fraudsters who posed as buyer’s agents with keys to vacant condos that legitimate brokers had listed for

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Port Coquitlam (BC) couple must sell their condo after lengthy legal battle with their strata council: Appeal court

A Port Coquitlam couple will have to sell their condo after being found in contempt of court following a protracted legal battle with their strata council.  In a ruling released Tuesday, the B.C. Court of Appeal upheld a ruling that

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Micro-condos: tiny units with big challenges for married, noisy slobs

Micro-condos: they’re the housing equivalents of Swiss army knives: compact, brilliantly designed units that pack a seemingly unlimited cache of hidden space into 300 square feet.    Read more………

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Condo Residents Want Tax Break (AB)

Some Turner Valley residents say they want a break in their property taxes.   Residents of the Gateway Villas Condos in Turner Valley say they pay their full share, but don’t get all the same town services as someone living in

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Woman upset she paid neighbour’s Hydro bills for 12 years

A Surrey woman is demanding answers from BC Hydro, and her strata, after finding out she was paying her neighbour’s power bills for the past 12 years.    Read more……..

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Condo owners scramble to meet July 1 deadline for recycling kitchen scraps (BC)

A single, 250-litre garbage bin sits inside a basement room at the Classico condominium at 1328 West Pender, waiting to be pressed into service to meet the latest government dictum on recycling — this time, kitchen scraps.   Read more………

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Did you know you could sue the syndicate of co-owners for damages on your property caused by construction defects of the common areas?

One autumn afternoon, after heavy rains, Monica sees water stains in the ceiling. She touches the ceiling, and finds out that it is wet. She calls her partner Patrick, to inform him of the situation    Read more………

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When a condo board goes rogue and plays by its own rules

Q. Our corporation is not following the Condo Act. Annual meetings are not called, rules are not enforced, inquires are not answered, etc. This is a very poorly managed condo and I want to do something about it. Can I

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Condo Smarts: Pitfalls to avoid when investing strata funds

Dear Tony: Our strata corporation has $350,000 invested in GICs with an investment brokerage. We have used the same company for the past five years and are very satisfied with the returns and the management of our funds.     Read

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Etobicoke residents say neighbourhood lost out on $100K in negotiations with condo developer

A Mimico residents’ group still wants to know how their neighbourhood lost out on $100,000 in proposed money for local amenities.  The cash was part of an arrangement with a condominium developer, which would have provided $250,000 for local parks

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Strata Living: What a difference a day makes

Dear Tony: What happens when proper notice of a council decision is not sent to an owner? We had a recent situation where an owner demanded a hearing to request permission to alter a bath tub in a strata lot

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‘Like a set out of the Walking Dead’: Penhorwood’s troubled condos to come down in Fort Mac (AB)

Like other Penhorwood owners and residents, Brace has been unable to return since the cold night the 168-unit development was hurriedly evacuated nearly four years ago. Structurally unsound and impossible to repair, the network of seven buildings is scheduled for

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Condo Smarts: Kitchen scraps (new BC waste management regs)

Dear Tony: We have seen a few articles and interviews on the new organic waste requirements.  Our strata corporation is a 32-unit apartment building with no underground parking. Our rental building was converted to condos in 1975. We do not

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MLA puzzled by condo act complaints (AB, Canada))

Bill 9, the Condominium Property Amendment Act, passed unanimously in the legislature on Dec. 10, but for some groups, dissatisfaction with the act lingers.  The North Alberta Chapter of the Canadian Condominium Institute (CCI) has ongoing problems with the legislation.

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Condo owners on their own for seismic upgrades

In the wake of a recent 4.8 magnitude earthquake near Tofino and a rash of tremors off the west coast, questions are being raised- are we prepared if a catastrophic earthquake struck tomorrow?    Read more………

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Dumpster dilemma: Condo owners foot the bill for mess that isn’t theirs

Residents of a north Edmonton condominium say they shouldn’t be left to foot the bill for a garbage clean up they weren’t responsible for.   Read more………

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Mackenzie family of Abbotsford, B.C., fined by strata for noisy kids

A woman says she and her family are being forced out of their townhouse in Abbotsford, B.C., by the complex’s strata council — because her children play too loudly.   Read more………

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Condo Smarts: Judge raises the bar on rental restrictions

Dear Tony: How does a strata corporation legally enforce a rental bylaw when they don’t have an inventory of rentals and no one knows how long units have been rented by different owners?     Read more……….

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True heroes: The condo was on fire, a boy was trapped in his room – so two neighbours snapped into action (BC)

The “blessing” she talks about is the daring rescue by two neighbours during the second-alarm fire before firefighters arrived, when Dimitri was trapped in his second-storey bedroom.   Read more………

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Groceries from vending machines coming to Metro Vancouver condos soon

Vending machines that dispense everything from eggs to diapers could soon be making their appearance at condo buildings in Metro Vancouver.  The high-end vending machines, which can hold up to 60 items and are refrigerated, are already a popular trend

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Crews battle 2 GTA fires early Wednesday

About 1 a.m. firefighters were called to another blaze in Mississauga.  The fire broke out in a condo on the sixth floor of a building at 4070 Confederation Pkwy., just east of Square One.     Read more………..

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Couple refuses to let condo go up in cigarette smoke

A couple in St. John’s with a baby on the way are concerned about second-hand cigarette smoke seeping into their condominium.  Ryan Peyton and Jayn Pretty recently moved into Westfield Condominiums on Blackmarsh Road.  But they’ve been dealing with a

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Looking Forward: New Legal Requirements for 2015 (ON)

There are plenty of important legislative changes coming into force in January 2015. Some apply to condominiums, some apply only to larger condominiums. Some apply to property management companies. Here are a few:     Read more……….

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Manitoba Securities Commission to hear condo trust fund allegations

A Winnipeg property manager is facing allegations he used funds he should have held in trust to pay off a personal debt.    The Manitoba Securities Commission has scheduled a hearing for Jan. 14, 2015, to determine whether Robert Kraigsley

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Condo Smarts: Council’s failure to communicate dismays owners

Dear Tony: I live in a 72-unit townhouse complex in the South Okanagan. Our buildings have been relatively well maintained and now we’re coming due for some significant upgrades.  Our depreciation report has been helpful for us to understand the

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Broken elevator leaves disabled man stranded in condo for over a week (AB)

A Calgary man with cerebral palsy says he’s been trapped in his second floor condo for more than a week because the elevator is out of service.  Oliver Costa, who is in a wheelchair, hasn’t been out since the elevator

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