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‘Services rebate’ sought for Brandon condo owners (MB)

A local property management company says condominium owners continue to be taxed unfairly, and urges the City of Brandon to consider a “services rebate.”  Two representatives of Brydges Property Management appeared before city council on Monday night: company president Brenda

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Kawartha Lakes residents lobby for bylaw changes to tackle unruly renters

Some residents in the City of Kawartha Lakes say their peace and tranquility are being disrupted by unruly users of short-term rentals.  In the upscale 17-lot private subdivision of Rolling Hills — just south of Bobcaygeon — the Rolling Hills

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Condo developers must meet firm move-in dates under new Alberta government rules

Condo developers in Alberta will have to set firm move-in dates for buyers and be prepared to refund deposits if they miss those deadlines under new condo regulations unveiled Thursday by the NDP government.  Service Alberta Minister Stephanie McLean announced

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Condo Smarts: Determinations of negligence can be complicated (BC)

Dear Tony: Our highrise has had a number of waters leaks over the past year relating to toilets, showers, shower enclosures and fridge water lines.  Our strata council has issued notice to owners that a plumber will be on site

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Condo Managers: Licence Application Details Now Available!

As you probably know, the Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario (CMRAO) is set to start regulating condominium managers and management companies on November 1, 2017. The first phase will be the licensing of managers. The second phase will be

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Real estate watchdog issues public alert on Langley condo development (BC)

B.C.’s real estate watchdog has issued its first public consumer alert in four years, following a B.C. Supreme Court decision this week to send a troubled Langley condo development into receivership.  As Postmedia reported earlier in the week, longtime Metro

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Condo boards will face uphill battle in banning marijuana plants

So you’re thumb isn’t exactly green, but with laws around cannabis changing, you’ve been giving some thought to growing some plants (when it’s legal, of course).  The government has indicated homeowners will be allowed to grow up to four plants

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The Condominium Authority of Ontario launches

In its first month in operation, the Condominium Authority of Ontario (CAO) fielded 330 calls and 130 emails from condo directors, managers and owners, and registered 524 condo corporations.  Registering the remainder of the province’s estimated 10,000 condo corporations before

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Local seniors’ home faces ageism issue (AB)

A move to expand how age discrimination applies to the Alberta Human Rights Act has left some seniors wondering if an unintended consequence could be court challenges by younger tenants against adult-only or 55-plus condo complexes.  The issue was raised

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Condo Corps Need to Deal with Marijuana Use Before it Becomes a Problem

When marijuana becomes legal next summer, landlords, tenants and condominium owners can expect an increase in disputes related to both indoor and outdoor smoking.  Effective July 2018, anyone 19 and over will be able to smoke marijuana in their units

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Pets are a growing part of condo life

I’ve seen an explosion of four-legged friends in the building over the past year. It’s not just my condo; city planners estimate there are four to eight pets per floor in Toronto. It has come to the point that they’re

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Condo corporations need to prepare plans to deal with marijuana use before it becomes a problem

When marijuana becomes legal next summer, landlords, tenants and condominium owners can expect an increase in disputes related to both indoor and outdoor smoking.  Effective July 2018, anyone 19 and over will be able to smoke marijuana in their units

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Condo Smarts: Get legal advice on hotel user fees

Dear Tony: We have an issue of fairness in our strata that is dividing our community.  Our strata is divided into two types of units. The first 10 floors are hotel use and floors 11 through 16 are residential condos.

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Free Condominium Director Training – Pilot Program Launched by Condominium Authority of Ontario

As we reported in a previous blog post, the Government of Ontario is proposing a new regulation under the Protecting Condominium Owners Act, 2015, which imposes mandatory training for all condominium directors. Director training/education is the responsibility of the newly

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Calgary condo break-ins underscore need to keep lockboxes secured: police

Lockboxes are commonly used to give tradespersons and realtors access to large residential complexes. Under the city of Calgary’s fire code, buildings like the large condo towers in the Beltline are also required to have a lockbox so emergency services

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Condo Culture Q&A: Can rules conflict with declarations?

Q. We seem to have a condo rule in place that conflicts with our condo declaration. I’m new on the board and just discovered this fact. Can our board enforce this rule? I thought that the declaration took priority over

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Condo Smarts: Better to find solutions before a crisis occurs

Dear Tony: Our strata discovered that a pipe in a wall between my unit and a neighbour’ s unit had developed a leak.  They hired a plumber who came out and had to cut a three-by-three-foot hole in both of

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Victoria cracks down on ‘ghost hotels’; some short-term rentals not allowed (BC)

Victoria city council took action against so-called “ghost hotels” on several fronts Thursday, changing the landscape for condo owners and others who rent out suites and houses through online platforms such as Airbnb.  Changes disallowing short-term rentals of less than

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Condo Smarts: Better to find solutions before a crisis occurs

Dear Tony: Our strata discovered that a pipe in a wall between my unit and a neighbour’ s unit had developed a leak.  They hired a plumber who came out and had to cut a three-by-three-foot hole in both of

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Owner won’t grant access to strata lot

Dear Tony: What happens when an owner will not grant access to a strata lot? We have a reclusive owner who refuses to permit the strata corporation or its contractors to access the strata lot to conduct inspections on gas

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Strata handyman informs and entertains neighbours on Twitter (BC)

A Vancouver man fed up with the management of his strata is taking to Twitter to keep his neighbours informed, and call out those breaking the rules.  Landon Hawryluk bought a unit in 2016 at The Werks building at 555

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Developer of cancelled Cambie condo could face legal backlash, says lawyer (BC)

A cancelled development along the Cambie Street corridor could set the stage for a costly legal challenge, a lawyer says.  Vivagrand Developments, the group behind the proposed Langara West — a condo development at Cambie Street and West 59th Avenue

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Condo Smarts: Rental bylaws may deter property speculators

Dear Tony: Our strata is considering a rental bylaw that limits the number of rentals to 10 out of 100 units. We are slowly seeing the number of rentals and Air BnB’s increase to the point where less than 50

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Leaflets on doors belong to the condos’ owners

Q: Owners in my building have placed leaflets on each unit’s door handle, advertising a condominium community website. One of the directors has been seen removing the leaflets. Can he do this?     Read the Q&A…………………

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Minister’s regulations proposed under the Condominium Management Services Act, 2015

The Protecting Condominium Owners Act, 2015 (PCOA) received Royal Assent on December 3, 2015, marking the first overhaul of the province’s condominium law in over 16 years. The PCOA made substantial amendments to the Condominium Act, 1998 (Condominium Act). It

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1.5 years later, condo owners still can’t move into this sold-out Langley building (BC)

To own a home in Metro Vancouver is to gain a foothold in the toughest housing market in the country.  But the owners of the 92 units at Murrayville House, a sold-out condo building at 221a Street in Langley, still

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Condo Smarts: Gas appliances can present a vexing issue for strata

Dear Tony: Our strata is debating the safety of outdoor gas appliances and considering a bylaw to completely ban their use. Since 2001, we have had two incidents involving gas barbecues: One, an exploded glass balcony wall and another where

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Strata council rules a disaster

Dear Tony: A few years ago our strata council tried to adopt bylaws that would prohibit rentals, pets and an age restriction of 55 and over. At the time our owners were strongly opposed to any such restrictions as we

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New Condo Authority launches online resources for condo owners and directors

Condo owners, residents and directors will now have access to a trusted source of information and resources thanks to the Condominium Authority of Ontario (CAO), a new organization created to support condominium living across the province. “The Condominium Authority of

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Condo Questions: Evicted board member refuses to resign

Q: I am an owner and board member in a new 24-suite condo. There is a dispute ongoing between the builder (who has a representative on the board) and another board member over the purchase of a suite. A proxy

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Condo Culture Q&A: What can we do about negligent pet owners?

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 its

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New Condominium Authority Now in Service to Protect Residents

The Condominium Authority of Ontario (CAO) is now in service to better protect condo owners and residents.  The Condominium Authority of Ontario will help ensure condo owners and residents are equipped with the tools and information they need by:  

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CRA probe into Vancouver condo flipping (BC)

The federal government is taking the property developers behind the Marine Gateway project on Marine Drive in Vancouver and the Residences at West on southeast False Creek to court, probing for information on buyers who flipped their pre-sale contracts before

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Fire damages Park Road condos (BC)

No one was seriously injured, but the damage is extensive after fire swept through one of the buildings at the Park Rise condo complex at 689 Park Road in Gibsons.    Read the article…………..

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Falling behind on strata fees

Dear Tony:  Unfortunately, I lost my job a few months ago and fell behind on my strata fees. I immediately contacted my strata and they advised they would have to include interest, as per our bylaws, and if I couldn’t

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Condo Smarts: Act fast to rid strata of pests

Dear Tony: Who is responsible for pest removal from a strata property? We have a unit apartment building and 12 townhouses in our strata. The townhouse owners have been complaining about wasp nests and the apartment owners have complained about

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A Condominium Design Flaw You Might Not Notice…

Like I said – it’s not going to ruin your five-year span living here.  But when you go to move in, and out, and accept a delivery, you’re going to wonder why the hell the building is laid out like

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Condo owners to pay $500K to save dog urine-contaminated park

Residents at a luxury condo tower have decided to spend half a million dollars to rescue a small park — after it was all but gone to the dogs.  The square section of grass at the back entrance of The

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Torch on roofing early cause of Big White condo fire

It appears a fire that destroyed four or five units in a condominium at Big White on Wednesday was caused by workers performing renovations on the building, including using a technique known as torch on roofing.  Big White Fire Chief

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Condo Smarts: Numbers in depreciation reports are simply estimates

Dear Tony: Our strata corporation has a depreciation report that projected our roof replacement in 2017 at $95,000. We hired a licensed roofing inspector and had the roofing project put out for bids. The lowest bid we received was for

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Why this young family has been living with pot smoke in their condo for the last 5 years

A Toronto man says he’s tired of waking up to the smell of weed coming in from his neighbour’s unit and wants his condo corporation to do more to resolve the issue.  For almost five years, he says, smoke has

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City of Nanaimo slaps second nuisance title on home in strata complex

A Nanaimo townhome has been named a nuisance by city council, making it the second in four months to get the title at the same Bowen Road complex.  City politicians hit unit six of 1637 Bowen Rd. with a nuisance

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Qualicum Beach to limit age restrictions on strata developments (BC)

Qualicum Beach council voted Monday night to end age restrictions on all strata developments.  The motion, which will only to only apply to new developments, passed in a vote of four to one.  City staff are being directed to ‘propose

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Condo owners protest forced sale of their homes (BC)

Condominium owners who oppose selling their strata corporation’s building, but are in a minority of less than 20% of owners, are becoming more vocal at BC Supreme Court hearings.  The rise in angry condominium owners has its roots in B.C.

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Condo Questions: Eviction a proven solution for troublesome tenants

Q: We have had more than one bad or disruptive tenant in our condo complex, specifically the rental units. At the last Annual General Meeting our board manager stated that there is nothing that can be done, other than to

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Fight over nine-inch railings nails strata owners with big bill (BC)

A strata dispute over about $30,000 in rooftop renovations has dragged through the courts and morphed into a bitter debate over $200,000 in legal and other costs.    Read the article…………

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King Coho condo owners get chance to look over sewer takeover (BC)

Owners of condos at the King Coho development in Little River are being invited to an Aug. 24 meeting to discuss the regional district taking over their sewage treatment plant.  Right now the King Coho wastewater treatment system services three

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Strata that seeks profit might have to pay income tax

Dear Tony: Do strata corporations pay income tax? Our strata negotiated an agreement with a communications provider to lease our rooftop for $50k a year, plus 25 per cent of any sub-lease agreements they negotiate. We are in year three

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Former property manager gets jail time for Collingwood condo fraud

A Springwater woman was sentence to about four-and-a-half years in jail for defrauding condominium corporations in The Blue Mountains, Barrie and Collingwood of more than $909,000.  On Monday, Justice Nancy Dawson sentenced Springwater Township native Rhonda McCarthy to 30 months

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Bobcaygeon homeowner recants his threat to bring in biker club

The owner of a million-dollar mansion near Bobcaygeon has dropped his threat to rent his home to a Montreal biker club.  Bashir Somani, who owns one of the 14 luxury homes in the Rolling Hills Estates subdivision off Pigeon Lake,

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