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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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Surrey strata president told he can’t use cameras to fine residents. He disagrees (BC)

The president of an embattled strata council at a Surrey condo building defended its use of surveillance cameras to enforce bylaws after residents complained about $40,000 in fines allegedly being issued in a single month.  Alin Stana is the president

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Blaze guts top floor of four-storey (condo) building in Edmonton’s Fraser neighbourhood

Flames and smoke visible for kilometres show into the air Friday night as Edmonton fire crews rushed to an apartment in the city’s Fraser neighbourhood.  The fire broke out in the four-storey apartment building at 14808 26 Street around 6:30

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No injuries reported after fire breaks out on seventh floor of North York condo

No injuries were reported after a two-alarm fire broke out inside a North York condominium building on Friday morning.  The fire started inside a seventh floor unit at a building on Sheppard Avenues west of Bathurst Street at around 6:20

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‘It feels like a jail’: Surrey renters revolt over ‘heavy-handed’ strata fines, surveillance

Errol Povah has had enough.  For six years, Povah said he’s lived at Surrey’s d’Corize high rise without any issues — until the building managers issued him a $200 fine, which he described as “heavy-handed.”  The ticket was for leaving

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Condo Smarts: Borrowing for needed repairs not without risks

Dear Tony: Our strata corporation is trying to attempt a major project that includes our roofing and/or balcony deck renewals.  We have had the project detailed and prepared by an engineering company and the estimate of costs will be around

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Montrealer sole resident of condo building after other units rented on Airbnb

Andrew Chapman lives in a nine-unit condo building converted from a boutique hotel in downtown Montreal near the busy Berri metro station, a desirable home in a desirable area of an internationally popular city.  So much so, that Chapman has

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How strata-housing owners in B.C. can deal with disputes in the face of density

It was a routine dispute: A Vancouver strata council fined a tenant $400 for smoking on strata property.  The tenant, however, said he didn’t smoke. Even so, the tenant’s landlord paid the fines and the tenant paid him back. The

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Can I squeeze two vehicles into my condo parking spot?

Q: My unit has one parking spot which is large enough for my car and my motorcycle. The manager advises that I must remove one since the declaration refers to a parking spot for “a” motorized vehicle. The board interprets

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Decision in ‘toxic parking’ case confirms condo boards can lease common spaces (ON)

Antoni Casalinuovo says the decision reinforces the courts will give condo boards deference as long as they are being reasonable.  The Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled a condo board’s bylaw allowing it to lease common parking spots was reasonable.

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Dartmouth woman gets $1,200 for that sinking feeling (NS)

A Dartmouth, N.S., woman has won a $1,200 judgement against her condo corporation for a sinking floor, a court ruling one condo group says underlines for boards that run such buildings how they must take owner concerns seriously.  Rebecca Mercer

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Condo Smarts: Take formal council approach to deal with potential conflicts

Dear Tony: We are having some serious issues with two of our council members who are benefitting from their council involvement.  One works for the developer and constantly pushes any issues away from the developer’s responsibility and the other is

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Condo Smarts: Council decides if there is a conflict

Dear Tony: We are having some serious issues with two of our council members who are benefiting from their council involvement. One of them works for the developer and constantly pushes any issues away from the developer’s responsibility, and the

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Woman receives $11K power bill for condo as if ‘paying for the whole building’ (AB)

Vivian Kwan got quite a shock when she looked at her monthly electricity bill: it was $11,253.15.  “That would only make sense if I was paying for the whole building.”  The Edmonton woman moved into her new apartment on June

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Residents weigh in on condo regulations (AB)

Hundreds of condominium dwellers weighed in on future regulations at an open house last Thursday.  The provincial government passed the Condominium Property Amendment Act in December of 2014 and set up a general framework for regulations, but none of those

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Clayton Park condo fire leaves 20 homeless (NS)

Some occupants were at home at the time of the fire, but they got out safely and there were no injuries. Firefighters rescued a cat from one of the units. Six trucks and about 24 firefighters were on scene.  

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Local housing association say they want better engagement with RMR; seek city’s help

The Revelstoke Mountain Homeowners Association brought their concerns over a lack of development at RMR to Revelstoke city council. Councillors say they feel communication and better engagement are key in creating better relationships with stakeholders.   Read the article…………….

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Toronto wants future condo towers to be more pet-friendly

There are between four and eight pets on every Toronto highrise floor, city planners believe, and now they’re looking for new ways to handle that.  The city is turning to consultants to come up with a set of design guidelines

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Woman’s power shut down by condo after charging electric car (ON)

Kimberly Hsiung listened to the pleasant hum of the engine as she drove home in her new electric car.  She parked in her assigned space at her Nepean condo, then plugged the Chevrolet Volt into the post to charge overnight.

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Condo Culture: Renting your condo raises many concerns

Q. My wife and I want to rent our condo. What should we be aware of regarding this process? Thank you for any advice you can provide before we make our final decision.   Read the Q&A………..

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Open house on new condo rules held before new regulations come into effect (AB)

Changes to condo legislation proposed in 2014 are inching closer to reality, with a series of five open houses across the province.  Provincial condominium legislation was amended in 2014 and the government is now crafting regulations to support those amendments,

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What Ontario’s new condo rules mean for owners, boards

A new tribunal is being established to handle disputes between condominium owners and their boards, following a CBC News investigation earlier this year that uncovered alleged corruption and conflicts of interest.     Read the article………….

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‘Fought for over a year now’: Alberta gets lots of feedback on condo act changes

Condo owners are eager to see changes coming to the way their properties are regulated in Alberta.  The province is overhauling the Condominium Property Act and finding no shortage of feedback.  Rose Wright wants more openness and transparency from her

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Condo Smarts: When disaster strikes, who keeps paying the bills?

Dear Tony: Our building was recently damaged in a fire that has required everyone to move out while the fire, water and smoke damage is repaired. We have been informed that it could be up to a year before we

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Critic says summer is a bad time for condo consultations (AB)

As the province launches a round of public condo consultations in Alberta’s major cities, one advocate for homeowners’ rights is critical of the open houses.  June Donaldson runs the website albertacondominiums.ca and has been pressing for regulation changes on condos

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Proposed Condo Manager Licensing Fees – Public Comment Sought

The Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario (“CMRAO”) is seeking public comment on proposed licensing fees for condominium managers and condominium management firms.    Read the article………….

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New condo laws target boards and directors (ON)

The Ontario government has announced a series of changes to the way condominium boards are governed.  The announcement comes after CBC Toronto uncovered problems that downtown condo owners were having with several boards, including alleged corruption and conflicts of interest.

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Ontario Implementing New Protections for Condo Residents this Fall

Ontario is moving forward to better protect condo owners and residents by increasing consumer protections in Ontario’s condo communities.  Today the Minister of Government and Consumer Services, Tracy MacCharles, announced new protections for condo communities taking effect this fall. Changes

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Ontario to roll out new rules for condo boards

Condo dwellers who want to sit on their building’s board will be required to be trained in the management and operation of their homes under new rules announced by the Ontario government Tuesday.  ?The new policies are designed to better

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Condo Questions: Are condo owners liable for common property repairs?

Q: Several units in our condo building have had moisture or water problems in their basements over the last few years, and the board has made attempts to mitigate them. Last fall, they commissioned an engineering assessment on the problem,

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Alberta government looking for public input on condo legislation

The provincial government is looking for Albertans’ take on new condominium rules, and they’re holding open houses around the province to hear what they have to say.  The engagement sessions allow condo owners, condo corporations, managers and others to suggest

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Readers follow-up on condo rules around installing a balcony sun screen

I recently advised that a condominium corporation is not entitled to prevent a unit owner with a skin disease from erecting a sun screen on her balcony. Some follow-up questions I received: If the corporation approves the installation of the

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Beef with the board? Provincial condo consultations will help shape regulations (AB)

Service Alberta is hosting public consultations sessions over the next two weeks to get feedback on condo governance issues.  Minister Stephanie McLean says many condo owners are concerned about their rights and want greater protections.  “People have felt picked on

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Condo Smarts: Victoria city council requests changes to the Strata Property Act

Dear Tony: Is it true that the government is going to cancel the ability of strata corporations to enforce any type of rental limitation or restriction bylaws?  Our strata is a 50-unit apartment building in Victoria and we permit five

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Condo Smarts: Eliminating rental restrictions will increase speculation

Dear Tony: Is it true that the government is going to cancel the ability of strata corporations to enforce any type of rental limitation or restriction bylaws? Our strata is a 50-unit apartment building in Victoria and we permit five

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Qualicum Beach councillor wants to end age restrictions in strata complexes (BC)

A Qualicum Beach councillor says age restrictions are stopping young families from finding affordable housing in the community. Kendall Hanson reports.   Read the article……………

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Ottawa lawyers scuttle attempted condo board takeover

Three individuals tried to gain control of a Toronto condo board and its multimillion-dollar budget by manipulating the director election process, an investigation by Ottawa law firm Nelligan O’Brien Payne has found.  Lawyers uncovered evidence of forged signatures, suspect proxy

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Victoria councillor looks to ban strata prohibitions on rentals (BC)

Strata councils should not be allowed to prohibit long-term rentals, a Victoria councillor says.  Coun. Ben Isitt proposed the city ask the province to change legislation so rentals could not be prohibited by strata councils. Under his proposal, strata councils

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Condo owners will be out for a while (BC)

Water’s Edge condo residents who watched as their building went up in flames last Saturday will not be going home anytime soon, says George Mapson, strata president.  About 40 of the 65 units in Waters Edge were compromised in the

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Condo Culture: Owner negligence could result in pet eviction

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

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Toronto condo resident learns her key opens other units

A condo resident in Toronto’s east end is raising concerns about the security of her building after she learned her key opens not only her front door — but also the door to other units.  Aurella Daigle, who lives at

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Condo Smarts: Strata corporation can’t file bylaws that weren’t voted on

Dear Tony: Thank you for your column that acknowledged a strata corporation is not permitted to alter bylaws that have been approved by the owners for the purpose of filing in the Land Title Registry.  We are a new strata

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Condo fire forces out families (BC)

The blaze that broke out in a Vernon condominium Monday has forced 29 people from their homes.  Eight units in Arbor Lee Strata (3800 40th Ave.) were heavily damaged (while damage was also sustained to additional units) after a fire

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City of Vancouver faces complex negotiations on 717 expiring strata leases in False Creek South (BC)

The City of Vancouver has created a framework to negotiate with residents leasing municipal lands in False Creek South.  This will guide the city in talks, given what a staff report describes as “complex nature of the legal arrangements between

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Condo owners could be out for years (BC)

On Saturday around 11:30 a.m., a fire started on the roof of the almost-complete, 21-unit Water’s Edge North condo complex on Truswell Road, a block from Okanagan Lake, just south of the Hotel Eldorado.  On Monday, all that was left

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Court rules on condo lien deadlines (ON)

The Ontario Court of Appeal has confirmed that the 90-day deadline for condominium corporations to register liens applies when a unit owner fails to pay costs in compliance orders.   In CIBC Mortgages Inc. v. York Condominium Corporation No. 385,

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Can my condo board prevent me from installing a sun shade to protect my skin?

Q:  I need to protect myself from the sun, having recently been diagnosed with a skin disease. I want to have a roller sun shade installed on my balcony, which receives sun most of every afternoon. Can the board forbid

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New hitch for group condo sales causing anguish among residents (ON)

It is already hard enough to get 22, or 50, or 179 people to agree to sell their condos en masse to a developer – the real estate trend that is currently dominating conversation in many strata buildings in the

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Condo Smarts: Record-keeping duties can’t be handed to owners

Dear Tony: Our strata corporation has a bylaw that requires owners to maintain copies of minutes, bylaws and rules, and makes each owner responsible for providing them to the next buyer.    Read the Q&A…………

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