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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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Two families displaced by Calgary condo fire

Flames were shooting from the first floor of a condo complex in southeast Calgary late Saturday night.  One family of five managed to escape the blaze, while another family of five living next door had to be moved out as

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Fire in Ste-Therese condo complex leaves 15 homeless

Fifteen people are homeless after a fire broke out in a Ste-Therese condominium complex on Saturday morning.  At 4:45 a.m. a 911 call was placed alerting emergency services of the fire in the two-building complex. The intense cold slowed the

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Condo Culture: Educate yourself about looming new condo laws

Q. I keep hearing about Bill 106 and how it has made significant changes regarding the governing of our condominium corporation. Is there a new act in place that we should be aware of? We are a very small condominium

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Condo Smarts: Examine depreciation reports before considering annual budget

Dear Tony: Our strata sent out notice of the annual general meeting in February with three separate budgets. One has no increases in fees and less than $10 a door going into our contingency each month; the second has a

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Is there a limit on how much strata corporations can increase fees?

Dear Tony: Is there a simple answer to the limit on increases for annual strata fees? Our strata is proposing a 30% increase in fees this year so we can pay for our new roof without special levies in three

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Condo Smarts: Sorting out fact from fiction of strata’s annual budget

Dear Tony: Our strata sent out notice of the annual general meeting in February with three separate budgets.  One has no increases in fees and less than $10 a door going into our contingency fund each month.  The second has

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Courtenay condo fire kills man, dog

A 71-year-old man and his dog died as a result of a fire at his Courtenay condo unit late Saturday afternoon.  Twenty firefighters and five emergency vehicles responded to a 911 call to Puntledge Terrace, Courtenay Fire Chief Don Bardonnex

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Condo dwellers fight the short-term rental boom in highrise neighbourhoods (ON)

Kahile Gondo has lived in her downtown condo for about five years. But even though it neighbours two of the busiest, most eclectic places in the city — the Eaton Centre and Yonge-Dundas Square — Gondo only recently began locking

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Toronto cracks down on waste contamination

The City of Toronto is cracking down on bylaw infractions concerning the co-mingling of garbage and recycling in bins put out for municipal pick-up at multi-residential properties. Last year, bylaw enforcement officers issued 15 times as many tickets for waste

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New rules allowing B.C. condo buildings to be sold without unanimous approval heading to Supreme Court

A Vancouver man with cerebral palsy is being forced out of his home in one of the first condo building sales in the province to be held under new rules that allow owners to sell without a unanimous vote.  Bob

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Condo Smarts: Alteration agreements have been lost over time

Dear Tony: Our strata corporation is 164 units of mixed-use highrise, townhouse and commercial space. Over the past 15 years, a number of strata lots of all three types have made significant changes to the use of their properties.  Our

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Condo conflict: Mississauga woman’s bitter battle with condo board not uncommon, experts say

All Alexandra Isa wanted to know was why the boiler in her brand new condo was replaced after less than four years.  She thought it was a simple question.  But seven years later, Isa says she still hasn’t received a

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Government to assist with Fort McMurray rebuild

Following the wildfires that struck Fort McMurray, Alberta last May, the Government of Canada has announced it is taking action to assist Western Canadians affected by the steep price increases and supply shortages of building materials.    Read the article…………

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Burlington reaches settlement agreement over condo lawsuit

The city has reached a settlement agreement with a condo corporation that’s suing the municipality over structural problems in its building.  The deal comes as an engineering report filed for another lawsuit involving the New Street building calls it a

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Vandals Trash Mezuzahs And Scrawl Swastika At Toronto Condo

Yellow Post-it notes with hand-drawn swastikas and anti-Semitic language were stuck on the doors of a Toronto condominium building with many Jewish residents.  At least one of the notes said “No Jews,” the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported. Also, mezuzahs on

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Condo residents under siege (BC)

Residents of a condo building on Calgary Avenue in Penticton say they are fed up with ongoing thefts from their underground parking area.  For the last two months, everything from golf clubs to bikes and other personal belongings have been

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Condo Smarts: Airbnb a business, not a rental

Dear Tony: We purchased our condo in 2013 with the understanding that our strata corporation could not impose any rental bylaws. We started using our condo as an Airbnb in 2015. In the summer of 2016, our strata corporation passed

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Keep the peace in condo land (and avoid going to court) with this lawyer’s tips

On Monday, CBC brought you the story of Jayne Pilot, a Brampton woman who was handed a court summons from her condo board for what she describes as minor backyard infractions — an extra patio chair, and two oversized flowerpots.

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