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Richmond man who fought Mandarin-only meetings moves away (BC)

A Richmond man who took his fight over Mandarin-only strata meetings at his townhouse complex to the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal has moved away from the city with his family.  Andreas Kargut and six other residents filed a class-action complaint

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Cause of Kitchener condo fire can’t be determined, families forced out assess the damage

Officials still aren’t sure what caused a fire at a Kitchener condo complex that forced two families out of their homes and sent four people to hospital.  The fire started sometime around 4 a.m. Saturday on Elm Ridge Drive, in

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Airbnb issue tough nut to crack for Victoria city council (BC)

Rental vacancy rates near zero, along with a mounting lobby from strata councils and the hospitality industry, is bringing increased pressure on Victoria city council to limit online platforms such as Airbnb.   Hotel managers and tourism representatives have spoken

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Condo Culture: Dripping water renders balcony unusable

Q: There are a few balconies above me that are closed in and have air conditioners that extend out past the balcony railing. My balcony is located on the first level of our condo building and extends further out from

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Strata fines senior $50 for hanging Canadian flags on his property (BC)

With the country ready to celebrate its 150th birthday, flags are popping up in windows as Canadians everywhere show their patriotism.  In one Qualicum Beach complex, that patriotic spirit is actually costing one senior – to the tune of $50.

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Condo Smarts: New owner discovers change to bylaws

Dear Tony: Our strata of 48 townhouses passed new bylaws in April this year. One of our council members had agreed to file the bylaws that were issued with the notice, and properly passed by a three-quarter vote resolution with

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25 homes remain displaced one year after Mississauga house explosion

Mississauga mayor Bonnie Crombie is calling on the insurance companies involved in the Hickory Drive house explosion to expedite claim settlements so displaced residents can return to their homes. “Let this be a call out to the insurance companies to

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Condo owners face $250 fines for opening garage door too soon (ON)

Majid Tadayon says he is facing a $250 fine because he didn’t allow his condo garage door to close and then reopen during the morning rush.  The board at his building, Canvas at Millrise, came up with a rule that

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Tossed cigarettes result in 24 house fires so far this year (AB)

Two recent fires that caused major damage to residential buildings are among 24 fires this year sparked by improperly discarded smoking materials, Edmonton Fire Rescue Services says.  A fire that displaced residents at an apartment building in west Edmonton on

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Townhouse condo building destroyed in Yellowknife fire

A fire at Yellowknife’s Ward Crescent on Monday has left at least one three-unit townhouse building destroyed and two others with damage.  Officials say they believe everyone made it out of the buildings safely.  The fire began at the Diamond

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My condo board voted to remove a director — was this wrong?: Condo Law

Q: Our condo board recently excluded one of the directors from an executive board meeting at which the other four board members voted to remove the excluded director from the board. Was this proper?    Read the Q&A…………….

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Condo Questions: Condo boards must provide reasons for denying owner requests

Q: Three years ago we bought a condominium unit with a balcony overlooking a river, and each year we are inundated with mayflies from May until September. I approached the condo board for permission to screen in the patio, which

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Cobourg condo buildings evacuated after flooding (ON)

Flooding forced the evacuation of two Cobourg condo buildings.  The condo buildings located at 125-145 Third Street were safely evacuated on Friday, June 23 due to flooding affecting the electrical system in the basement, according to a release issued by

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Canadian flags swarm condo balconies

What’s remarkable isn’t that Pauline Stewart persuaded 96 of her Songhees Point neighbours to hang flags from their condo balconies for Canada’s 150th.  No, what’s extraordinary is that her 84-year-old twin did exactly the same thing at her own condo

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Condo Smarts: Strata corporations deal with two types of debts

Dear Tony: I have recently become the treasurer of our strata council. In reviewing the correspondence to collections, a number of owners have complained about the strata management company back charging them for administrative or service costs.  We have nothing

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Condo Smarts: Management firm can’t bill strata owners directly

Dear Tony: I have recently become the treasurer of our strata council.  In reviewing the correspondence to collections, several owners have complained about the strata management company back-charging them for administrative or service costs. We have nothing in our contract

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Kids and condos still don’t mix in Alberta: Brewing fight looms over legal age-discrimination

Alberta is the last province in Canada to allow developers, condo boards and landlords to discriminate on who is allowed to live where based on age, except seniors  Read the article……………

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Regina condo owners could be looking at fee hike (SK)

John McCormick doesn’t get his garbage picked up by the city, even though he now pays for it. The city used to give a rebate because it doesn’t collect waste from condominiums, but that was dumped in the latest budget.

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Giving notice to the strata: When can council members say no?

Dear Tony:  The president of our strata council has decided on a policy that any type of notice given to the strata corporation, or a request for information or hearings, must go through her or it is deemed not to

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City of Toronto Proposes Measures to Restrict Short-Term Rentals

The City of Toronto is proposing to implement measures that will restrict the short-term rental market. The measures proposed by City staff include:   Read the article…………..

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Calgary condo owner says view-blocking fence wasn’t in the blueprints (AB)

They say good fences make good neighbours, but Kate Reeves wholeheartedly disagrees.  The Calgary woman lives on the ground floor of First Condominiums in East Village and since she moved in, she’s been lobbying to get the fence in front

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Businessman who sits on condo boards also copies fobs for $35, no questions asked

For $35, nearly anyone can copy an electronic key fob and get access to dozens of Toronto condo towers, a CBC Toronto investigation has revealed.  CBC Toronto used hidden cameras to show how easy it is to do.  Toronto businessman

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Condo Culture: Most minutes of meetings must be accessible to all

Q. The board of directors has been advised by one of the owners that we must mail the minutes of each directors meeting to all the owners. Is this correct? I am a new board member and not sure of

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Condo Smarts: Policy change doesn’t sit well with strata

Dear Tony: I am on our strata council and deeply concerned over a policy change the property manager has imposed on us. They have provided us with a policy that prescribes how bylaw complaints are filed: they must be in

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New West condo owner upset over flyer (BC)

A New Westminster woman is upset about a flyer posted in the building’s common areas promoting hate against young people.  Olga Savchuk lives at 74 Richmond Street, one of three buildings that make up Governor’s Court. The complex is restricted

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Balcony fire at downtown condo building sparked by discarded cigarette

Capt. Michael Westwood told CP24 that crews contained the blaze shortly after they arrived at the scene.  Westwood said no one was injured as a result, but that the property suffered some damage.  Toronto Fire later confirmed that the fire

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Final Version of New Condo Regulations Have Been Posted by the Province

On Monday, we blogged on the newly released implementation dates of most changes to the Condominium Act and to the Condo Management Services Act. On that same day, we were advised by the Ministry that the final version of the

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Toronto turning to combination condo, long-term care home to help seniors stay downtown

Toronto seniors are struggling with a scarcity of quality long-term care beds and affordable housing units.  Soon, one downtown building will have both.  The Rekai Centres, which has run long-term care homes in the city dating back to 1955, and

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Condo owners reporting push-back over electric vehicles

Despite the rising popularity of electric cars, some condo owners say they’re facing push-back when they ask their condo boards for permission to install charging stations.  Cara Clairman, CEO of Plug’n Drive, a non-profit organization encouraging the use of electric

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Toronto Airbnb rules could be changing after city hall review

If you run an Airbnb in Toronto, or plan on staying at one, you’ll want to keep your eye on city hall today.  The city’s Municipal Licensing and Standards division is set to unveil new guidelines for the home-sharing industry

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Ontario Condo Act a roadblock for electric vehicle owners

Hoping to hit its ambitious goals for electric vehicle ownership, Ontario is looking to overhaul parts of the Condominium Act that have become an unexpected barrier to owning one.  Ontario’s Ministry of Government and Consumer Services is gathering electric vehicle

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Who is responsible for squirrels in the attic?: Condo Law

Q: A large number of bird feeders in our condominium’s common-element trees have attracted an increasing number of squirrels, raccoons and mice. They have moved into the walls and roofs of our units and the result is increased costs for

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Lake Ontario flooding seeps into downtown Toronto condo buildings

These days, you have to be careful not to slip as you walk across the parking garage at the 55/65 Harbour Square condo building.  Water from Lake Ontario has been seeping into the downtown building’s single-level concrete parking garage of

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Ancaster residents overwhelmingly vote ‘no’ to gates for their condo development (ON)

It took only about 35 minutes to determine at a public meeting that nobody who purchased a condominium unit in a residential development on John Fredrick Drive in Ancaster wanted gates installed to their community.  Over 60 people attended a

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Condo Smarts: Poor record keeping can present problems with alteration agreements

Dear Tony: We purchased a great two-bedroom condo in False Creek in 2016. At the time of the purchase, we requested all the documents for the past five years, engineering reports and a Form B Info Certificate.  After we completed

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Careless smoking leads to spike in balcony fires in 2017: Toronto Fire Services

Toronto Fire officials are warning resident living in high-rise buildings to be careful with how they dispose of their cigarettes following a spike in balcony fires in the city this year.     Read the article……………

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Ottawa property managers merge ahead of new provincial condo rules

With roughly 72 million square feet of managed property valued at more than $800 million between them, two Ottawa condo management firms are joining forces in preparation for impending changes in the market.  Capital Concierge and Integral Property Management are

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Condo owners ready for flood, thanks to plan

In the middle of a large evacuation alert area, in which residents are busy sandbagging and draining basements of rising groundwater, one building’s name seems particularly apt given current events.  The Water’s Edge.  “It’s a perfect name,” George Mapson, president

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Condo Smarts: ‘Quirky’ bylaw is tough to enforce

Dear Tony: We have a quirky bylaw that leaves the decision-making on permitting pets up to the council.  The bylaw says: “Subject to the approval of the strata council, an owner is entitled to one cat, one dog or a

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Riverwalk Condominiums owner bemoans undeveloped portion of project; TVM Group says it ‘fully intends’ to develop site in ‘near future’ and is maintaining property

It’s not the ravishing view one Riverwalk Condominiums owner had in mind.  “It looks like hell right now,” said the person, who would only speak to The Sault Star on the condition of anonymity.  The individual is referring to the

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Condo Questions: Conflict of interest compromises condo board president

Q: I live in a bare-land duplex bungalow-type condominium. The president of our condominium association has been aggressively promoting his employer to carry out a project in our complex. When he raised this at a board meeting, two members of

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When the dream of condo living turns into a dictatorial nightmare

Earlier this month, a Toronto condo board introduced a new workplace harassment rule to its residents. One of the examples of harassment cited: “Unreasonable and/or repetitive expression of concerns with respect to the administration of the affairs of the condominium

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Condo clash: Owners push out serial board members who didn’t live in the building

Residents of a luxury downtown Toronto condo have successfully forced the resignation of members accused of commandeering their condo board and taking control of their building’s multimillion-dollar budget.  The four members took over the board at the Five condo on

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Condo owner shocked her unit was being sublet on Airbnb

Even in Toronto’s tight rental market, Zenobia Omarali agreed to lower the rent for her tenant — the son of a former employee — when he moved into her spacious downtown loft two years ago.  And this past winter, when

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Condo Smarts: Fined $50 a day over parking dispute

Dear Tony: We are at war with our strata council. Since we became owners in 2015, they have continued to harass us over a parking debacle.We obtained a form B information certificate and were advised we were allocated two parking

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How builders, city planners are trying to create more family-friendly Toronto condos

The Goodtimes hope they’ll be able to live in their Queen West condo forever, but even they admit squeezing their life into a 730-square-foot space is not without its problems.  The biggest issue for the artist couple with two young

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Condo problems that include ‘revenge flashing’ and loud music — here are people who can help

Latest census data shows that Toronto’s population grew by 4.5 per cent in five years and 44 per cent of the city’s total population is now living in apartments of some kind.  Shifting to a vertical city means more people

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Court orders condo owners to sell following strata complaints (BC)

The court battle between a Burnaby, B.C. couple and their strata corporation has ended with a court order to sell their unit in the Parkcrest Apartments and vacate it within the month.  Over the course of the proceedings, neighbours and

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Is your condo board above board? Tips for evaluating condo governance

Condominium governance is in the spotlight after an investigation by CBC Toronto reporters unveiled questionable practices at a series of downtown Toronto buildings.  Owners and property managers in those buildings say a group of people have aggressively sought control of

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Condo Culture: Reserve fund studies mandatory, not optional

Q. I am a condo owner who just found out that our corporation has not completed a reserve fund study since 2012. I have read that reserve fund studies must be completed every three years. Is this correct? I am

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