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Prince George (BC) condo fire forces evacuation of building

A fire at a condominum in Prince George, B.C., has forced the evacuation of 40 units in three buildings this morning.     Read more……..

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Condo Smarts: Where did the money go?

Dear Tony: We think we have a problem with our strata treasurer concerning money. The strata minutes from November of 2012 indicated the council decided to invest our reserve funds of $225,000 into investments to take advantage of the tax-free status

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City of Vancouver sells final stake in Olympic Village

The City of Vancouver says it paid off the entire $630 million debt for the troubled Olympic Village project after selling 67 remaining condominium units for $91 million to the owners of the Vancouver Canucks.      Read more……..

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Window wall condo trend raises concerns of sustainability

Buildings featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, rather than walls, are all the rage because many find them attractive and like the views that are offered. However, some in Calgary’s building industry are raising concerns about the long-term sustainability of these glass towers.

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Dodgy doghouses and shoddy sheds: Has our condo board has lost control?

Q. When I purchased my condo townhouse a few years ago, our complex offered a neat and attractive appearance. Over the last several months, I have seen several changes that concern me. Some owners have stained their fence a different

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Condo culture: Board members in position of trust

Q: I’ve read that condo directors have a “fiduciary duty” to the corporation. What does that mean? I’m considering joining the board but need to check out the responsibilities first. The board wants to appoint me into office at the

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Canadians falling in love with condo living?

They say home is where the heart is. If that’s true, we can expect to hear more and more of that comforting beat coming from much higher up in the sky.    High-rise living, shunned by our parents and grandparents

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Strata can take action against parking poachers

Dear Tony: Our Strata Corporation has a chronic problem with people parking in the visitor parking and blocking access to our emergency exit doors.    Read more………

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Condo Smarts: Who should pay to fix vandalized mailboxes?

Dear Tony: Our strata corporation is a townhouse complex of 88 units on mid Vancouver Island. Near the entry gate, we have a community mailbox to serve our owners, and recently we have had several break-in attempts of the owners’

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Condo Culture: Board members can stay on, even if they’ve moved out

Q Can a person who has sold his or her unit and is no longer an owner or mortgagee hold a seat on a board of directors? If a previous owner or mortgagee had a seat on a board of

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Condo Culture: Defining your fiduciary duty

Q. I have read that condo directors have a “fiduciary duty” to the corporation. What does that mean? I am considering joining the board but need to check out the responsibilities first. The board wants to appoint me into office

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Condo fire forces Etobicoke (ON) residents out of building

Residents of an Etobicoke condominium were startled out of bed Thursday morning and forced to leave their apartments after a fire broke out on a ninth floor balcony.     Read more………

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Special strata levies gone bad

Dear Tony: What happens when a Strata Corporation passes a resolution for a special levy that has a serious error? Our Strata Corporation passed a special levy for repairs and upgrades to our elevator, and everyone was required to pay

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Condo Smarts: Unless exempted, strata has duty to submit depreciation report

Dear Tony: We attended an information meeting last week and the issue about draft depreciation reports came up. The advice that was given indicated that a depreciation report received by a strata council was not a valid report and considered

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Condo Smarts: Strata council stonewalls

Dear Tony: We attended an information meeting last week and the issue about draft depreciation reports came up. We were told that a depreciation report given to a strata council was not a valid report and considered a draft until

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Mother goose claims squatter’s rights on condo balcony

Zukowski and his family live on the top floor of a sprawling Terwillegar condo complex in southwest Edmonton – a property he is now sharing with the expectant and unyielding mother.    Read more……

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Port Coquitlam residents may lose homes over leaky condo crisis

There are growing concerns about a second leaky condo crisis in Metro Vancouver. Residents of a 25-year-old building in Port Coquitlam have just been slapped with a huge repair bill, one that will cost each homeowner tens of thousands of

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Condo Culture: Board should explain the reason for any significant fee hikes to owners

Q: We are not happy with the increase in our monthly condominium fee and feel that a better budget could have been calculated. Shouldn’t owners have a say in how this money is being spent when it comes to the

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Condo Culture: Smoke-detector readiness is everyone’s responsibility

Q. Who is responsible for confirming that the condo owners have smoke detectors and that they are in proper working order? I have concerns because my neighbour told me he removed the battery out of his detector after it went

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Condo Smarts: Businesses not paying full share of water use

Dear Tony: Our strata corporation was created in 2003 and is a mixed-use of residential units and businesses on the bottom three floors. We have 166 units in total. After a bit of investigating, I discovered we do not have

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Strata Living: How many hamsters is too many?

Dear Tony: Our strata corporation has received a complaint from an owner in a strata lot about a smell coming from their neighbours’ unit. The council contacted the neighbours and were permitted to enter the suite as we had suspected

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Condo Smarts: Expense allocation not fair, but it seems legal

Dear Tony: Our strata corporation was created in 2003 and is a mixed use of residential units and businesses on the bottom three floors. We have 166 units in total and, after a bit of investigating, I have discovered that

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Point Grey condo owners can’t stop the music

A retired Vancouver couple’s legal bid to keep their neighbour’s teenage son from playing the piano has been dismissed by a B.C. Supreme Court judge. Justice David Masuhara said in a recent judgment that despite the complaints of condo owners

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Tenants’ federation to expand reach to condo renters

The 40-year-old Federation of Metro Tenants’ Associations is expanding in hopes of stepping up protections to an exploding new generation of Toronto tenants — condo renters.     Read more……….

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Mouldy Vancouver condo blamed on reno firm

A Vancouver father says his family is stuck living in a condo plagued with mould, after the construction firm rainscreening their building failed to deal with leaking water.    Read more……..

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Strata vote count turns into screaming match

Dear Tony: We had a huge brawl and screaming match at our strata meeting last week over counting votes. The good news is we recorded everything accurately, but we cannot agree on whether a resolution has passed or not.  

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Condo Smarts: Sorting out mixed-use problems

Dear Tony: We are in a small mixed-use property in Vancouver, less than 50 units. There is commercial property on the ground floor and three floors of apartments above.     Read more……….

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Condo Smarts: Parking space spat leads to further complications

Dear Tony: We are in a mixed-use property in Vancouver with fewer than 50 units. There is commercial property on the ground floor and three floors of apartments above. We have been functioning fairly well with the commercial units for

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Disabled parking spot upsets majority of owners at Victoria condo

A FIGHT OVER a parking spot at a 42-unit Victoria condominium has led to a long-running battle before the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal.    Read more……..

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Condo Culture: Do I really have to give up one of my fur-babies?

Q I live in at condo that allowed two dogs when I took possession of my unit two years ago. The board wants to change the condo declaration and the rules to one dog per unit allowed. What are my

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Condo Culture: Ignoring reserve fund study puts property values at risk

Q: Our condo conducted its first reserve fund study and received recommendations for contribution increases to the fund. Instead of following the recommendations, our board of directors presented a plan to fund the increase over 17 years, rather than over

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Condo Smarts: Who’s in charge — manager or strata council?

Dear Tony: Our newly elected strata council is having a tough time with our strata manager. Since we were elected in January, he continues to make decisions without our knowledge, including sending out bylaw violation notices and ordering work at

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Condo Smarts: Special levy for balcony repairs

Dear Tony: Our strata council is in the process of preparing a resolution to repair our balconies for our owners to approve at our annual meeting in April. We have several areas that are rotting, with serious concerns for the

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Condo Smarts: Amendments shift strata voting rules

Repairs: Recent legislation makes it possible at some times to go ahead with only 50 per cent support    Read more……

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B.C. court sides with teen pianist in noise complaint

A B.C. Supreme Court judge has dismissed the complaint of a retired Vancouver couple who claim their neighbour’s teenaged son plays the piano loud enough to be a harmful nuisance that requires strata fines.     Read more……..

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Developer destroys trees without permit

Charles Oliver had taken to looking out the window. Like many people in his Lawrence Park neighbourhood, he was wary of a new condominium complex being built at 41 Chatsworth Rd., backing onto the Chatsworth ravine.    Read more……..

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Floor crack challenges 24-year-old strata

Dear Tony: We have a serious problem in our townhouse unit. Our strata is in Richmond and is 24 years old. One of the owners has complained about a crack in the floor that was noticed because the tiling in

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Condo Culture: Voting for a lower budget is penny-wise and pound foolish

Q We are not happy with the increase in our monthly condominium fee and feel that a better budget could have been calculated. Shouldn’t owners have a say in how this money is being spent when it comes to the

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Board Members Must Not Share Confidential Information

Q: Our condo board president is sharing everything about our meeting and board activities with her non-owner live-in partner. He has access to her computer, where she receives confidential information, and he answers questions for her. We believe that he

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Former South Arm worker repays association $100,000 for theft (BC)

A “serious gambling disorder” has earned former South Arm Community Association worker Robert Yoneda an 18-month conditional sentence. The 39 year old appeared in Richmond provincial court on Wednesday, where Judge Ray Low sentenced Yoneda, who had pleaded guilty to

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Downtown Eastside battles over condo-free zone

Condos aren’t welcome in the heart of the Downtown Eastside. That’s what city council heard from low-income residents who demand more social housing in the area around Oppenheimer Park at a meeting hashing out the $1-billion plan to improve the

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Condo Smarts: Absent owners can be issue

Dear Tony: Our AGM notice has gone out and the meeting is scheduled for just over a week from now. We are a mid-sized strata with several families and grandparents. After canvassing owners, we realized it is spring break, so

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Condo alterations have to go through strata first

Dear Tony: Our strata is an older apartment-style of high rise condos with balconies. The balconies are part of our strata lots and each owner is responsible for the maintenance of their balcony areas.     Read more……..

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Vancouver (BC) condo owners upset neighbourhood is going to the dogs

There’s a dog fight going on between neighbours in a Vancouver neighbourhood, but it’s a scenario that could be repeated throughout Metro Vancouver.   Read more…….

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Condo alterations have to go through strata first

Dear Tony: Our strata is an older apartment-style of high rise condos with balconies. The balconies are part of our strata lots and each owner is responsible for the maintenance of their balcony areas.    Read more…….

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Flames spotted at Edmonton condo complex

Residents have been evacuated and offered transportation via city buses. It is unknown at this time what caused the fire.     Read more………

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Condo Smarts: Bylaw required for electronic attendance at AGM

Dear Tony: Our AGM notice has gone out and the meeting is scheduled for just over a week from now. We are a midsized strata with several families and grandparents. After canvassing owners we realized it is spring break so

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Unplanned Condominium Repairs

The Ottawa Citizen recently reported about a 275-unit condominium building that was facing costs of approximately $15.3 million to complete a major overhaul of the entire brick and cladding façade to stop water penetration in the units. Unfortunately, the condominium

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Condo developer fined for failure to build park

Developer Andrew Marquess was slapped with a $70,000 penalty and forfeited a $100,000 deposit after failing to build a park inside a new condominium project west of McPhillips Street.     Read more……..

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Vancouver (BC) condo owners upset neighbourhood is going to the dogs

There’s a dog fight going on between neighbours in a Vancouver neighbourhood, but it’s a scenario that could be repeated throughout Metro Vancouver.     Read more……..

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