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Condo Questions: Condo owners have to trust board to negotiate contracts

Q: I live in a 30-unit condo. Do the privacy laws mean that the board cannot tell us who has the bid, and the amounts they bid, on large jobs? Is there an approximate dollar value that should require more

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Condo board battle: String of disputes raises questions about elected directors

On a muggy evening last summer, unit owners from the Five Condos tower in downtown Toronto gathered at the InterContinental Hotel for the meeting that would elect from among them five directors to oversee over their new building’s $2.5-million budget.

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New condo group meets in Brantford

Getting safely out of a burning condo basement was the hot topic at last week’s meeting of the almost-formed Grand River Chapter of the Canadian Condominium Institute.  With newly elected president Maria Finoro at the helm, the group, which has

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Condo Law: Is it reasonable to be forced to carry my pet?

Q:  I examined the condominium documents prior to purchasing my unit but found nothing relating to pets. After moving in, I noticed signs stating that all pets must be carried over the common elements. I have now received several complaints

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Condo Questions: Condo owners have to trust board to negotiate contracts

Q: I live in a 30-unit condo. Do the privacy laws mean that the board cannot tell us who has the bid, and the amounts they bid, on large jobs? Is there an approximate dollar value that should require more

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Condo Smarts: Regulations set conditions for limited common property

Dear Tony: Our property is made up of a strata corporation with a highrise, townhouses and commercial property. We have a health club operated by the strata corporation, but only the residential owners have access to the club.  As a

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Bill 40 has Coquitlam condo owners ‘hitting the lottery’ (BC)

For owners in two old Coquitlam condominium projects it was “like hitting the lottery” when they sold the entire complexes for real estate development – showing that bulk sales under B.C.’s Bill 40 can be quick and profitable.  Introduced in

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What to do when owners owe money to strata corporation

Dear Tony: Our strata corporation currently has over $100,000 in money owing from owners. As a council member, I am very concerned that we aren’t properly administering our accounts and hope you have some suggestions for collections. One owner owes

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Condo owner will do ‘whatever it takes’ to stop neighbours above spitting and tossing cigarettes

After more than a year of unsuccessfully trying to get condo authorities to stop his neighbours from spitting and tossing cigarette butts onto his patio, Wayne Russell says he was driven to “an act of desperation” over the weekend.  “I

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Balcony fire forces dozens to evacuate condo building in Southwest Calgary Saturday

The Calgary Fire Department responded to reports of flames on a balcony of a suite in the London at Heritage high-rise condo building in Southwest Calgary at around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday.  When crews arrived, they found flames and smoke

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$554K price tag to replace iconic tree at top of condo building

A distinct outline is missing from the Vancouver skyline: the living landmark that stood atop a condo building in the West End.  A pin oak has stood tall over the city since 1987, perched 19 storeys up on a building

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Condo Culture: Directors must take concerns seriously

Q. We have a problem with residents who use their balcony for smoking and then flick their lit butts. Butts have landed on my balcony, just missing my outdoor furniture. We have also found beer cans and bottles on the

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Condo Smarts: How to deal with a strata that’s gone to the dogs

Dear Tony: We noticed in the financial report at our AGM last month that our strata is owed almost $13,000 in unpaid strata fines. Our strata does not permit dogs unless they are required for special circumstances. A new owner

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‘It is a sad situation’: New home warranty not enough to cover condo repairs (MB)

A group of Winnipeg condo owners, embroiled in a lawsuit over repairs needed to their new condos, could be out tens of thousands of dollars because they didn’t get enough help from their new home warranty to cover the repairs.

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One of two elevators back in operation at downtown Winnipeg condo

Service has been restored to one of two elevators at a downtown condo Monday after being out of commission for two weeks.  Towers Realty Group, the company that manages the building, said work continues on the second elevator to get

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Condo Questions: Potential lawsuit looms over repair delays

Q: A leak originated in the wall of the condo unit above me. As a result, my ceiling and pantry wall were damaged. As well, my wooden kitchen bar counter and dining room hardwood floor were damaged. The condominium corporation

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Downtown condo gets a smaller, quieter generator after residents complain (ON)

For the first time in almost a week, residents of a downtown condo woke up to a cleaner, quieter neighbourhood Friday after the building’s developer, Brad Lamb Development Corp., replaced a noisy generator that had been belching diesel fumes.  The

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Fumes, noise from massive generator keeping power on – and residents awake

Residents of a downtown condo are fuming after the building’s power went down last week, forcing them to rely on a box-car sized generator that rumbles 24/7 and belches diesel fumes.  But the biggest problem, the residents have told CBC

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Montreal landlord fined more than $1K for condo listed on Airbnb without his knowledge

Montreal landlord Gerry Galiatsatos is joining a growing chorus of voices who say that Quebec’s law to regulate online home-sharing services such as Airbnb “is clearly not working.”  Galiatsatos was shocked to learn that his downtown condo, which he rents

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Condo Smarts: Voting confusion hampering strata

Dear Tony: At our first council meeting since the AGM, we spent two hours arguing about how strata councils make decisions at council meetings.  We think the problem is the way the act was written, as it has two separate

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Broken elevator prompts Winnipeg man with disability to file human rights complaint

It’s been a week since residents living in a downtown condo complex have been without elevators and some are staying in hotels until the problem is fixed.  On Friday, Global News first brought you the story after dozens of elderly

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Condo Culture: Redacted minutes may limit conflicts

Q. I requested and received a copy of the minutes of our board meeting. However, I noticed there has been some items blacked out so I cannot read them. Can I not read complaints or issues that are discussed regarding

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CCI North Alberta Educational Conference aims to inform condo owners

Whether buying, renting, or managing a condominium, knowledge is power. To that end, the Canadian Condominium Institute’s (CCI) North Alberta chapter is hosting its Educational Conference & Trade Show on Saturday, April 29 in a new location to accommodate increased

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‘It’s mean to us’: Seniors stranded for a week after elevators at Winnipeg condo building break down

Seniors and people with mobility issues in a downtown condo building are stuck in their rooms for at least a week while building managers wait on parts for broken elevators.  The Colonnade is a 12-storey building on Edmonton Street. Several

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Lawyer wins $160,000 judgment against condo neighbours

An Ottawa lawyer and aspiring judge has won $160,000 in damages in a defamation lawsuit he brought against neighbours of a condominium he owns in Costa Rica.   David McNairn brought the action in Ontario, after two neighbours sent emails

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Condo assoc. speaks to hydrants (AB)

Local condo owners are requesting Strathcona County council to consider eliminating the private hydrant inspection and maintenance fees from multi-tenant properties.     Read the article…………..

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Condo Property Act deals with dirty, disruptive tenants

Q Our condo board is having some issues with an owner not keeping up hygiene and repair within his unit. Does the board have any legal right to take units over? He has not been able to rent it in

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New homeowners association wants Revelstoke Mountain Resort to re-focus on development

A newly formed housing association wants Revelstoke Mountain Resort to start focusing on development again. The Revelstoke Mountain Homeowners Association says it wants to be able to provide input on the future of development at the resort.     Read the

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Condo Smarts: Consult an experienced lawyer when pondering a strata sale

Dear Tony: Our strata is considering the option of selling. We have been approached by a developer who has offered us all 20 per cent above our current assessed values.  Because our strata is only 32 units, it has been

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Condo Smarts: Get legal help to sort out balcony-alteration problem

Dear Tony: We purchased a condo in Cook Street Village a number of years ago and love our community and our neighbours. Our building is aging and it is time for some significant upgrades.  The first priority is our aging

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Thousands of condo owners at risk as thieves bypass entry-phone systems with default passcodes

Joe Rae lives in a complex that has been hit by burglars who didn’t need a crowbar or any other tools of the trade to break into the building. Instead, it appears all they had was a default passcode for

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Edmonton couple caught hiding baby at adult-only condo (AB)

Michael Janz and Sally Tang hide two-month-old Miles as if he was a bag of drugs when they walk between their car and their suburban Edmonton condo.  “We call him Baby Moses because he’s not allowed in Egypt, and we

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Large fire damages Whistler condo complex (BC)

Flames ripped through the roof of a condo building in Whistler Saturday night, displacing several people in the process.  The fire broke out around 11 p.m. in building A of the Northstar townhouse complex. The three-storey building suffered fire damage

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Will condo unit owners get a slice of the hydro rebate?

We’ve seen an announcement that condominiums will be eligible for a proposed hydro rebate. Will our corporation be obligated to pass the rebate to the unit owners or can they place it in the operating fund?  Read the Q&A…………..

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Man sues elevator company over mishap in condo, says he hurt leg in fall

A retiree who says he hurt his leg after tumbling from a malfunctioning elevator in his downtown condominium is suing one of the world’s largest elevator companies for negligence.  In his unproven statement of claim before Ontario Superior Court, Kenneth

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Condo Questions: Condo Property Act deals with dirty, disruptive tenants

Q: Our condo board is having some issues with an owner not keeping up hygiene and repair within his unit. Does the board have any legal right to take units over? He has not been able to rent it in

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Condo residents not getting additional utility reduction (BC)

Lake Cowichan town council has said no to a request from a group of condo residents who called for further reductions in their utility bills.  A form letter sent to council by owners of six suites in The Wellington at

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Condo Smarts: Strata president refuses ramp request to help ailing resident

Dear Tony: I live in a townhouse complex in the Okanagan, and each home has three steps leading up to the front door. My husband recently had a mild stroke and requires a walker, so access has become a problem

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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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