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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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Court delays plague strata wind-up attempt

A petition to wind up a strata corporation and allow a 30-unit residential building to be sold to a numbered company for $21.5 million, despite opposition from two owners, has been mired in court delays since it was filed on

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‘I feel bullied,’ says condo owner taken to court over backyard garden items not allowed in bylaws

An Ontario woman says a dispute with her condo board and property management company over minor garden infractions has left her emotionally devastated and contemplating moving out.  Jayne Pilot of Brampton was sitting by the pool at her condo complex

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Fire damages west end condo complex (AB)

Residents of a west end condo complex were sent scrambling Thursday morning due to fire.  Fire officials were called to the 4-storey complex, located at 172 Street and 76 Avenue, around 8:00 a.m. Flames could be seen coming out of

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Coquitlam strata corporation seeks dissolution under Bill 40

Owners in a 58-unit condominium development are petitioning the British Columbia Supreme Court (BCSC) to dissolve their Coquitlam strata corporation so it can be sold to Anthem Properties Group Ltd. for $32 million even though nine owners oppose the sale.

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Summary of New Regulations Now Available

The moment we’ve all been waiting for is almost here!  A detailed summary of the proposed amendments to the regulations under the Condominium Act was just released for review and comment.  The four key areas are:    Read the article……………

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‘Why did we buy this place?’: Condo owners want developer to fix problems in new build (MB)

Jennifer Dreger checks the windowsill of her master bedroom window. She’s worried water will seep down from the attic of her new Winnipeg condo again.  Dreger and her husband, Wayne, moved into Park City Condominiums, a Transcona development built by

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Condo act updates aim to improve consumer protection (AB)

The Alberta government is poised to announce the first phase of amendments to the Condominium Property Act.  New legislation was passed in 2014 to bring in stricter regulations to protect consumers and make developers more accountable. In all, 50 amendments

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Condo corporation looks for water bill refund (YT)

A local condominium corporation is calling on the city to refund more than $18,000 in fees it paid to the city for water.  Karin Keeley-Eriksson, president of Condo Corp. 221, told city council Monday night that the water meter for

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City to assume costs, maintenance of lighting around condo (ON)

City council, in a close 5-4 vote, on Tuesday evening agreed to take over the costs and maintenance of lighting around a Kingston waterfront condominium development.  The Frontenac Condominium Corp. had asked the city to take over the operation of

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Condo Smarts: Building commissioning protects owners’ interests

Dear Tony: We purchased a unit in a new strata in 2015 that is part of several properties with Air Parcel Agreements, and I have become involved as our strata treasurer.  It has been confusing trying to figure out how

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Condo Questions: Condo boards have control over common property

Q: We live in a 25-year-old, 37-unit bungalow-style bareland condo. The board has forbidden any owners from talking with contractors. Many owners have board-approved flower gardens surrounding their units, and some have been maintaining the trees and shrubs adjacent to

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If problem condo director is elected board cannot remove her

Q: A former board member intends to stand for election to the board at the next annual general meeting. She has shown herself to be confrontational and nitpick everyone and everything. Our excellent property manager has threatened to resign. Two

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5 Very Surprising Things Your Condo Board Can Do

There’s been quite a bit of talk about what condo boards can and cannot do in the wake of a recent court decision regarding Airbnb. Considering how pervasive condominiums are in our modern society, it’s a wonder that there’s so

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Condo Smarts: Counting of votes causes problems

Dear Tony: Our strata corporation is having a battle over the results of votes at our general meetings. Our strata manager takes our minutes, and has always just shown whether a resolution is carried or fails. At our most recent

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Light at end of tunnel following Oliver condo fiasco (BC)

Linda Gergely and dozens of others in Oliver have been living a condo owner’s worst nightmare for almost four years.  Sixty residents of the Park Place Complex were advised to vacate their homes in 2013.  It came following an engineering

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Homeowner’s unauthorized pet sparks fight with council (BC)

Dear Tony: Our strata council has been fighting with a new owner for six months over an unauthorized pet. We have a bylaw that permits only one cat per strata lot, with the exception of guide dog and service dogs.

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Millennials denied Toronto condo rental due to their age

It’s tough enough finding a decent place to rent in Toronto’s red-hot housing market, but it’s proving even harder for at least two millennials who say they’ve just been denied a condo rental because of their age.   Ryan Young,

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Condo Culture: Director suffering from memory loss will have to leave position on board

Q. Over the last year one of our fellow directors has been having significant memory problems. This person cannot remember what was voted on or what decisions were made an hour after the meeting. We are not sure what we

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Unfinished Kamloops condo draws the ire of neighbours (BC)

Kamloops city council received an earful from an angry resident this week, demanding to know what the city plans to do with an empty shell of a condo tower that stands prominently overlooking the north shore.  The Mission Hill condo

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Condo Smarts: Strata hit by heavy cost of snowfall

Dear Tony: I am the president of my townhouse strata in Surrey. The snowfall that we experienced over the Christmas season will result in our year-end budget being in a deficit and our council is not sure how to handle

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Trump Tower developer sues Vancouver construction company for alleged shoddy work and bad management

The developer of Trump International Tower and Hotel is suing a local construction company, claiming that shoddy work and poor management of trade contractors delayed the high-profile project.  Holborn Developments (West Georgia) Ltd. filed a notice of civil claim on

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Condo Questions: Condo board needs clear evidence of bylaw breach to enforce penalty

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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When do I need approval for alterations to my strata lot?

Dear Tony: I live in a 16 unit strata in North Vancouver. Several owners within our strata have made significant changes to their condos. One owner has gutted their interior and upgraded flooring, redesigned the kitchen, laundry and bathrooms. Other

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Crown urges $350K fine against elevator company for serious incident at Toronto condo

The prosecution wants a $375,000 fine imposed on one of the world’s largest elevator companies for breaching safety rules.  ThyssenKrupp Canada — part of a huge multinational — was found guilty in Ontario court in November of four offences related

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Disability could require corporation to repair water softener: Condo Law

Q: Our building has a water softener that has worked for about two of the five weeks we have lived in our unit. My husband is on dialysis and his skin is extremely sensitive to hard water. Who is responsible

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First strata wind-up without unanimous vote goes to court (BC)

British Columbia Supreme Court is considering approving the first petition to wind up a strata corporation since B.C. passed a law making it easier for condominium owners to sell their complexes without achieving a unanimous vote of all owners.  Owners

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Condo Questions: Condo board needs clear evidence of bylaw breach to enforce penalty

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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Condo complex ‘gutted’ by early morning fire (AB)

Medicine Hat firefighters quickly knocked down a blaze at a condominium complex, preventing it from reaching neighbouring structures which could have caused the fire to spiral out of control.  “The whole unit is gutted,” said Terry Stuber, the acting platoon

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Condo Smarts: Apartment buyers get unexpected expenses

Dear Tony: Our situation is something every first-time home buyer should be aware of.  We purchased a unit in an older four-floor, wood-frame apartment building in Richmond in September of 2016. At the time, we were aware of a new

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Kitec plumbing in condos should be revealed (ON)

Should condominium corporations disclose the existence of Kitec plumbing to potential buyers on their status certificates? That was the question Natalie asked me after she had bought and sold a condominium townhouse on Kenneth Ave. last year.  Kitec plumbing is

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Condo Culture: Attend owners’ meetings to keep informed about your condo investment

Q. My wife and I are new condo owners. So far, we have not received any notices about any meetings. I heard there is an annual general meeting as well. How long before a meeting should we receive notice of

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ACMO issues service alert about fob duplication

The Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario (ACMO) issued a service alert ahead of the winter holidays about an emerging security concern. In the Dec. 21 alert, ACMO said it had recently become aware of third-party contractors in the GTA

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Condo Smarts: Owner fined for someone else’s change

Dear Tony: I have owned my strata lot for 22 years in East Vancouver.  In September, I received a notice from my strata council that I had altered my balcony without written permission, and unless I was prepared to have

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