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Early morning condo fire forces residents out of homes

A fire at a large condominium complex in southwest Edmonton forced about 400 residents from their homes early Monday morning.    Read more…….

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Condo Culture: Proper reserve fund crucial to keep condo community on track

Q: My husband and I were stunned when the auditor began to read his report at our annual general meeting. We found out the reserve fund study was not updated every three years as required. We also found out total

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Fumes from neighbour’s condo reno a health issue

Q: I live in a condo highrise that I used to enjoy very much. However, the neighbour below me has been sanding and renovating for quite some time now. Up to this point my husband and I have been very

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Glass falls from Toronto’s Shangri-La condo — again — as city tests to see if tower glass is faulty

It was déjà vu all over again for downtown Toronto residents as a pane of glass broke and fell more than 50 storeys Thursday, smashing onto a busy street at the height of the morning commute.      Read more…….

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Clean up those strata bylaws

Dear Tony: Our strata corporation adopted three new bylaws at our AGM in April to bring our pet, rental and parking bylaws up to date, and then filed in the Land Title Registry the following week.    Read more…….

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Condo Smarts: Bylaw brouhaha

Dear Tony: What happens when a bylaw contradicts the Strata Act?  We are a 128-unit, mixed-use strata corporation that was constructed in 2005.     Read more………

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Getting high in my high-rise, thanks to my neighbours

Q I live in a condo high-rise that I used to enjoy very much. However, lately the neighbour below me has been sanding and renovating for quite some time now. Up to this point my husband and I have been

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Strata Living: Who owns the records?

Dear Tony: Our strata corporation has a management company who maintains our records and documents as part of our contract. The strata council has recently requested copies of the form B information certificates and any alteration agreements with owners to

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Condo Smarts: Do we stay or do we liquidate?

Dear Tony: We live in a 42-year-old building that is really past its “best before” date. Our owners are struggling with the big question of what to do with our building, because we know we are facing about $1 million

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Keeping a condo building functioning is all about the paperwork

Q We are getting ready to have our reserve fund study completed. What information do we have to get ready for the engineer? Before deciding which engineering firm we choose, we want to have our records in order. Thank you.  

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Condo Smarts: Decisions can be tricky for condos

Bylaws spell it out: Any eligible voter at special general meeting can request a secret ballot on a vote   Read more……..

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Condo Q&A: Corporation likely on hook for leak damages

Q: What happens when damage within a unit is directly due to external damage, neglect, or improper maintenance? I live in a townhouse-style condominium, where previous roofing repairs created further damage causing a leak within my unit.     Read more………

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Condo Smarts: Keeping secrets

Dear Tony: We have a special general meeting coming up in mid July that will include four special resolutions. All of them will be controversial — two are for major repairs requiring special levies and the other two are petitioned

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70 flags draped from condo balconies to celebrate Canada Day

A high rise condominium on Saskatchewan Drive is adorned with dozens of Canadian flags thanks to the efforts of one of its residents.    Read more……..

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Massive condo blaze fueled by gas leak

Investigators have figured out what started that massive condo fire in Fort McMurray on Friday. A piece of equipment hit a gas line, putting a six-inch gash in the line. It also hit the main building’s power line. The spark

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Should Vancouver strata have been consulted?

Dear Tony: I am a new council member on my strata of 84 units in Vancouver. We have not yet had our first council meeting, but we have been told by the past president of council that as approved by

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New Saskatchewan condo laws make regulation stricter

Significant changes to Saskatchewan’s condo laws took effect this month, with more to follow next year.  New regulations in the Condominium Property Act address condo conversions, insurance, as well as regular audits for condo boards. Additionally, two-thirds of ownership is

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Fort McMurray condo fire a near ‘catastrophe,’ says neighbour

Firefighters and residents alike say a condo fire in Fort McMurray could have been a major disaster if not for the quick actions of emergency workers.   Read more………

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City asked to designate public spaces on private property (ON)

In July, city council will decide whether new condo and commercial developments that incorporate green space, courtyards and other open spaces into their plans should be required to post signs stating the public is welcome.     Read more………

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Condo Smarts: Gloves come off in the garage

Dear Tony: Our strata council decided to host a garage sale in our parking garage this weekend. Our strata has done this in the past and it has worked out very well provided the sun was shining and we could

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Our condo board prez is the boss of everything. How do we dump him?

Q Our current condo president disregards everything the other directors say. He will not listen and seems to think he can make all the decisions without consulting the rest of the board. The rest of us board members feel our

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New Condo Rules Unveiled Today (MB)

The Manitoba government is introducing new rules designed to protect condo buyers.  The new Condominium Act wil extend the cooling off period from 48 hours to a full week.    Read more……..

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Condo Smarts: Strata board can tell you to butt out

Dear Tony: What happens if you are a smoker who lives in a strata building, and the building adopts a bylaw that prohibits smoking in all areas of the building, including your strata lot? My mother lives in a condo

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Condo Smarts: Yes, stratas can change the rules

Dear Tony: What happens if you are a smoker who lives in a strata building and the building adopts a bylaw that prohibits smoking in all areas of the building — your strata lot included.       Read more………

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Condo parking dispute leads to forced eviction of Port Coquitlam (BC) couple

The Port Coquitlam couple who lost a series of court cases over a dispute around parking spaces at their condo, have been forcibly evicted from their home, and the locks to the unit changed.     Read more……..

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CONDO Q: Questions answered on condo and strata living (BC)

This is a new feature exclusively available in Black Press community newspapers. It is written by volunteers familiar with the Strata Property Act and strata living, from the Vancouver Island Strata Owners Association.   Read more…….

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Crown shores condo building evacuated after carbon monoxide incident

The Crown Shores condo at 700 Willowbrook Rd. NW was evacuated on June 5 after the Airdrie Fire Department (AFD) determined CO levels in the building were “dangerously elevated.”    Read more…….

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Senior stuck with $11,600 hotel, food bill incurred during condo repair (ON)

A cash-strapped condominium corporation, facing a $15.3-million overhaul at Las Brisas, a Bathgate Drive high-rise, refuses to cover a senior’s $11,600 hotel and food bill after he was asked to vacate his penthouse unit for repairs to the building’s plumbing

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Young girl convinces grandmother not to fight condo fire

Officials say a young girl convinced her grandmother to leave a condo that had caught fire in Penbrooke Meadows on Tuesday, instead of battling the flames.  Read more…….

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Condo Smarts: Depreciation reports can’t predict everything

Dear Tony: How does a buyer know whether a depreciation report is accurate or not?    We have been looking at different condos in Surrey and Delta, and find reports confusing. Some reports do not include all of the items

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Condo Smoking Complaints

How far should the board go in accommodating unit owner complaints about smoking?   Read more……

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Foolhardy condo board directors a danger to themselves and to owners

Q My husband and I were stunned when the auditor began to read his audit report at our annual general meeting, and we found out that the reserve fund study was not updated every three years as required. We also

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Condo institute holds first Atlantic conference

There are almost 400 registered condominium corporations in Halifax Regional Municipality.  Despite this number, reflecting thousands of condominium owners, there is lots of confusion about the industry, Sharon Gutnik, president of the Nova Scotia chapter of the Canadian Condominium Institute,

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Oshawa condo corporation sues the City for millions

An Oshawa condominium corporation is asking the City of Oshawa for millions in condo fees for City-owned commercial units.   Read more……..

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Flood victims battle with insurance companies, contractors (AB)

Some condo owners in High River feel like they’re being victimized all over again. In a Global News investigation, we found they are caught in the middle of a battle between insurance companies, and contractors doing repairs     Read more………

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Condo Smarts: Make your vote count

Dear Tony: Could you please explain to strata owners the difference between a voting card and a ballot? Our strata corporation is an 88-unit townhouse complex and we consistently melt down into anarchy at our general meetings because they are

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Strata silence hurts buyers

Dear Tony: My name is Gerry and I have been working on a deal to purchase a lovely condo in North Vancouver, but we have hit a snag. The strata corporation had a depreciation report done in 2012 and in

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Nova Scotia condominium group seeks standard corporation bylaws

The Condominium Owners of Nova Scotia Association is seeking some standardization of bylaws governing condominium corporations.    Read more……….

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Calgary condo insurance costs skyrocketing

The cost to insure condo buildings in Calgary appears to be skyrocketing, and that could mean higher fees for owners.   Read more………

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Disputes illustrate need for online tribunals (Canada)

The underlying issues in all three of these cases are what province’s new online Civil Resolution Tribunal was supposed to fix.   Announced by B.C. in 2012, it is to be the first of its kind in North America and was

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Smoke-free condos on the rise in B.C.

Smoke-free Housing B.C. has been pushing for a ban on smoking in buildings for 10 years, but advocates say the concept is starting to take off with more than 100 apartment buildings now entirely smoke-free.     Read more…….

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Court rules against condo with smoking cigar (ON)

We have experienced an overwhelming smell of cigar smoke coming from the condominium unit above ours. What can we do?   Read more……..

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Strata council dealing with secret renters

Dear Tony: Our strata corporation has a bylaw that limits rentals in our 108-unit building to five at any given time. We currently have the five rented, with four on the waiting list, and 13 other exemptions.   Read more……..

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Condo Smarts: Owners vote to spend money they don’t have

Dear Tony: Our strata corporation had a general meeting in Kelowna last week and on the agenda we were asked to approve an amount of $710,000 by special levy for roof replacements in our complex.   The special resolution for the

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Toronto condo first to go ‘no parking,’ leading national trend

Another mile marker on the way to big change in automotive culture is a new and soaring 42-floor condominium structure on University Avenue in Toronto.   It offers lots of amenities, a nice selection of counter tops and bathroom tile, a

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Can balcony repairs really fall to inexperienced, ill-equipped unit owners?

Q We purchased a condo where there are bungalow-style units on the lower level and two-storey units stacked on top. The management has informed us that the owners are responsible for maintaining all the upper balconies attached to the buildings.

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Etobicoke condo goes without mail for weeks

Residents of an Etobicoke condo went without mail — or answers — for almost two weeks after Canada Post changed the lock to the communal mail room door.     Read more……..

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20-cm construction error costs Vancouver condo developer

A 20-centimetre construction error will cost brand new condo owners $175.17 per year for the life of the building.   Read more……..

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Seniors’ condo battle worse than reality TV show (Crazy legal disputes clogging B.C. courts)

The court documents read like the plot of an irresistible reality TV show — about senior citizens.  The drama that has unfolded at Abbotsford’s Carlisle condominium complex during the last four years involves allegations of egg-throwing, scooter-tampering and prank phone

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Leaky condo crisis rears its head again in B.C. Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/Leaky+condo+crisis+rears+head+again/9871711/story.html#ixzz32fJypP2m

Evidence of a second wave in British Columbia’s leaky-condo crisis is beginning to emerge, 15 years after the first one subsided. It is becoming more apparent as condo strata corporations prepare mandated depreciation reports on their buildings.     Read more……..

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