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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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Alteration of common property such as satellite dish in townhomes

Dear Tony: Are we, as owners of a strata unit, permitted to install satellite dishes for the use of our strata lots? We live in a townhouse complex in Burnaby and have noticed several dishes installed next to the balconies

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Condo reserve fund: Who decides how fast to build it up, and can that decision be overruled?

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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Join CCI’s Twitter chat on condo disputes this Tuesday

The Toronto chapter of Canadian Condominium Institute is hosting the first of hopefully many “Twitter Chats” this coming Tuesday, March 11 at 7pm. The topic of this inaugural session is condo dispute resolution, a topic near and dear to many

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HSBC drops North Vancouver condo’s account

A North Vancouver strata council is joining a growing number of small-business clients across North America that are being dropped by HSBC as the international bank dismisses small-business customers in favour of bigger accounts.     Read more…….

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Condo Smarts: Strata, manager must define roles

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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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. But despite his reservations

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Condo Smarts: Plumbing problems tough to sort out

Dear Tony: We live in a 73-unit townhouse complex in Burnaby that is 23 years old, and have started having problems with plumbing leaks in the strata lots.     Read more…….

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Condo complex bans smoking in all units, on grounds (ON)

Local residents are breathing easier thanks to major steps taken by two housing organizations to create smoke-free environments. Auburn Village Gardens, a 52-unit condominium complex in Peterborough, voted to make its building and grounds 100 per cent smoke-free.    Read

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Man says condo grow op is making his boy sick (ON)

Legal is the catch word. But Dennis Hildebrand is sick of hearing it. He says he and his son are also falling ill due to a legal marijuana grow operation in his Peterborough condominium building.   Read more………

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Condo owner ordered to sell, move by court order

Does a condo board have the right to remove an objectionable owner from his unit?    Read more……..

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$15.3M repair estimate leaves owners of Ottawa high-rise condo in shock

Owners of the 275-unit building found out just before Christmas that a major overhaul of the highrise — which includes replacing the entire brick and cladding facade, from top to bottom, due to water penetration in many of the apartments

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Stagg v Condo Plan 882-2999 $75,000 full indemnity costs

An Alberta judge has imposed – for a chain of misconduct by a rogue BoD majority after an internal governance dispute – an estimated $75,000 in unusual full indemnification / Plaintiffs’ solicitor-client costs in denunciation/deterrence.     Read more……..

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Supreme effort by firefighters (BC) (How to write a thank you letter)

On the evening of Nov. 6 at about 11 p.m., a fire broke out in a duplex structure in the village at Hemlock Valley. Volunteer firefighters living in the village responded and additional manpower and equipment was dispatched from neighbouring

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Co-owners in condos will be faced with more accommodation requests

It started as a simple dispute over swimming pool attire, but co-owners at the high-end Nuns’ Island condo building were worried.  A devout Muslim woman who lived in the building wanted to swim, fully dressed, in the condo’s pool. Her

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Surrey (BC) woman loses appeal against court order to sell condo over outrageous conduct

The B.C. Court of Appeal has upheld a ruling that orders a Surrey woman to sell her condo due to her and her son’s outrageous behaviour toward their neighbours. In a ruling released Tuesday, Justice Ian Donald dismissed the appeal

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