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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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‘It smelt like tire burning’: northeast Edmonton condo fire sends 1 person to hospital

One person was taken to hospital after a fire broke out early Thursday morning at a three-storey walk up condo building in northeast Edmonton.  Fire crews were called around 3:30 a.m. to the Southern Belle Condominiums at 3720 118 Ave.

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Frustration over Meridian Beach’s marina access

A sign restricting access to Meridian Beach’s inland marina in Ponoka County has some upset about the intent.  On its Facebook page the Meridian Beach Homeowners Association (MBHA) recently posted a photo of a sign restricting access to the inland

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What reasonable conditions can my strata impose for alterations?

Dear Tony: What can an owner do when a strata corporation imposes unrealistic barriers to prevent an alteration to their strata lot? I have requested permission to install an enclosure on my fifth floor balcony to provide a better level

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Contractor charged with arson after massive 2014 Windermere condo blaze to appear in court

A contractor charged with arson after a massive 2014 fire destroyed a Windermere condo project under construction is to appear in an Edmonton courtroom Wednesday.  Eric Gould and another man were arrested in October 2014 after the March 2014 blaze

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Questionable proxies shut down Charles Street condo election, sources say

New stories have emerged about condo owners who managed to fend off a takeover attempt by a group of people accused of aggressively winning control of condo boards.  The latest accusation comes as CBC Toronto continues to investigate allegations that

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Selling the Entire Condominium – New Easier Process in British Columbia

In a prior post, we blogged about a 21-unit residential condominium in British Columbia where all of the unit owners agreed to dissolve the condominium corporation and sell the entire condominium to a developer. At that time, the law in

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Condo board approved energy contract that benefited a member’s colleague (ON)

Condo owners at a downtown Toronto tower are on the hook for almost $100,000 in increased costs after the board they elected signed an energy contract that appears to benefit a board member’s associate.  The contracts, one signed in February

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Condo soars in recycling challenge

A Scarborough building and condo community has led the way on the 3 Rs.  They reduced, reused and recycled common household goods and cut down costs through the Mayor’s Towering Challenge.  Jim Paterson, a tenant at the Omni Forest Mansion

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Condos Have More Time Before Changes to Insurance Regime

Much ink has been spilled in the last few months over the upcoming changes to the insurance regime applicable to condominiums. In particular, a lot has been written about existing Insurance deductible by-laws and any looming deadline to re-arrange your

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Fire tears through condo building in south Winnipeg

Dark smoke could be seen billowing from a condo complex under construction in Winnipeg’s Tuxedo neighbourhood Monday afternoon.  The smoke was first seen from the Global News newsroom on the thirtieth floor of 201 Portage Avenue shortly after 2 p.m.

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Condo Questions: Condo owners have to trust board to negotiate contracts

Q: I live in a 30-unit condo. Do the privacy laws mean that the board cannot tell us who has the bid, and the amounts they bid, on large jobs? Is there an approximate dollar value that should require more

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Condo board battle: String of disputes raises questions about elected directors

On a muggy evening last summer, unit owners from the Five Condos tower in downtown Toronto gathered at the InterContinental Hotel for the meeting that would elect from among them five directors to oversee over their new building’s $2.5-million budget.

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New condo group meets in Brantford

Getting safely out of a burning condo basement was the hot topic at last week’s meeting of the almost-formed Grand River Chapter of the Canadian Condominium Institute.  With newly elected president Maria Finoro at the helm, the group, which has

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Condo Law: Is it reasonable to be forced to carry my pet?

Q:  I examined the condominium documents prior to purchasing my unit but found nothing relating to pets. After moving in, I noticed signs stating that all pets must be carried over the common elements. I have now received several complaints

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Condo Questions: Condo owners have to trust board to negotiate contracts

Q: I live in a 30-unit condo. Do the privacy laws mean that the board cannot tell us who has the bid, and the amounts they bid, on large jobs? Is there an approximate dollar value that should require more

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Condo Smarts: Regulations set conditions for limited common property

Dear Tony: Our property is made up of a strata corporation with a highrise, townhouses and commercial property. We have a health club operated by the strata corporation, but only the residential owners have access to the club.  As a

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Bill 40 has Coquitlam condo owners ‘hitting the lottery’ (BC)

For owners in two old Coquitlam condominium projects it was “like hitting the lottery” when they sold the entire complexes for real estate development – showing that bulk sales under B.C.’s Bill 40 can be quick and profitable.  Introduced in

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What to do when owners owe money to strata corporation

Dear Tony: Our strata corporation currently has over $100,000 in money owing from owners. As a council member, I am very concerned that we aren’t properly administering our accounts and hope you have some suggestions for collections. One owner owes

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Condo owner will do ‘whatever it takes’ to stop neighbours above spitting and tossing cigarettes

After more than a year of unsuccessfully trying to get condo authorities to stop his neighbours from spitting and tossing cigarette butts onto his patio, Wayne Russell says he was driven to “an act of desperation” over the weekend.  “I

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Balcony fire forces dozens to evacuate condo building in Southwest Calgary Saturday

The Calgary Fire Department responded to reports of flames on a balcony of a suite in the London at Heritage high-rise condo building in Southwest Calgary at around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday.  When crews arrived, they found flames and smoke

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$554K price tag to replace iconic tree at top of condo building

A distinct outline is missing from the Vancouver skyline: the living landmark that stood atop a condo building in the West End.  A pin oak has stood tall over the city since 1987, perched 19 storeys up on a building

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Condo Culture: Directors must take concerns seriously

Q. We have a problem with residents who use their balcony for smoking and then flick their lit butts. Butts have landed on my balcony, just missing my outdoor furniture. We have also found beer cans and bottles on the

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Condo Smarts: How to deal with a strata that’s gone to the dogs

Dear Tony: We noticed in the financial report at our AGM last month that our strata is owed almost $13,000 in unpaid strata fines. Our strata does not permit dogs unless they are required for special circumstances. A new owner

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‘It is a sad situation’: New home warranty not enough to cover condo repairs (MB)

A group of Winnipeg condo owners, embroiled in a lawsuit over repairs needed to their new condos, could be out tens of thousands of dollars because they didn’t get enough help from their new home warranty to cover the repairs.

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One of two elevators back in operation at downtown Winnipeg condo

Service has been restored to one of two elevators at a downtown condo Monday after being out of commission for two weeks.  Towers Realty Group, the company that manages the building, said work continues on the second elevator to get

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Condo Questions: Potential lawsuit looms over repair delays

Q: A leak originated in the wall of the condo unit above me. As a result, my ceiling and pantry wall were damaged. As well, my wooden kitchen bar counter and dining room hardwood floor were damaged. The condominium corporation

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Downtown condo gets a smaller, quieter generator after residents complain (ON)

For the first time in almost a week, residents of a downtown condo woke up to a cleaner, quieter neighbourhood Friday after the building’s developer, Brad Lamb Development Corp., replaced a noisy generator that had been belching diesel fumes.  The

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Fumes, noise from massive generator keeping power on – and residents awake

Residents of a downtown condo are fuming after the building’s power went down last week, forcing them to rely on a box-car sized generator that rumbles 24/7 and belches diesel fumes.  But the biggest problem, the residents have told CBC

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Montreal landlord fined more than $1K for condo listed on Airbnb without his knowledge

Montreal landlord Gerry Galiatsatos is joining a growing chorus of voices who say that Quebec’s law to regulate online home-sharing services such as Airbnb “is clearly not working.”  Galiatsatos was shocked to learn that his downtown condo, which he rents

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Condo Smarts: Voting confusion hampering strata

Dear Tony: At our first council meeting since the AGM, we spent two hours arguing about how strata councils make decisions at council meetings.  We think the problem is the way the act was written, as it has two separate

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Broken elevator prompts Winnipeg man with disability to file human rights complaint

It’s been a week since residents living in a downtown condo complex have been without elevators and some are staying in hotels until the problem is fixed.  On Friday, Global News first brought you the story after dozens of elderly

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Condo Culture: Redacted minutes may limit conflicts

Q. I requested and received a copy of the minutes of our board meeting. However, I noticed there has been some items blacked out so I cannot read them. Can I not read complaints or issues that are discussed regarding

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CCI North Alberta Educational Conference aims to inform condo owners

Whether buying, renting, or managing a condominium, knowledge is power. To that end, the Canadian Condominium Institute’s (CCI) North Alberta chapter is hosting its Educational Conference & Trade Show on Saturday, April 29 in a new location to accommodate increased

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‘It’s mean to us’: Seniors stranded for a week after elevators at Winnipeg condo building break down

Seniors and people with mobility issues in a downtown condo building are stuck in their rooms for at least a week while building managers wait on parts for broken elevators.  The Colonnade is a 12-storey building on Edmonton Street. Several

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Lawyer wins $160,000 judgment against condo neighbours

An Ottawa lawyer and aspiring judge has won $160,000 in damages in a defamation lawsuit he brought against neighbours of a condominium he owns in Costa Rica.   David McNairn brought the action in Ontario, after two neighbours sent emails

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Condo assoc. speaks to hydrants (AB)

Local condo owners are requesting Strathcona County council to consider eliminating the private hydrant inspection and maintenance fees from multi-tenant properties.     Read the article…………..

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Condo Property Act deals with dirty, disruptive tenants

Q Our condo board is having some issues with an owner not keeping up hygiene and repair within his unit. Does the board have any legal right to take units over? He has not been able to rent it in

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New homeowners association wants Revelstoke Mountain Resort to re-focus on development

A newly formed housing association wants Revelstoke Mountain Resort to start focusing on development again. The Revelstoke Mountain Homeowners Association says it wants to be able to provide input on the future of development at the resort.     Read the

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Condo Smarts: Consult an experienced lawyer when pondering a strata sale

Dear Tony: Our strata is considering the option of selling. We have been approached by a developer who has offered us all 20 per cent above our current assessed values.  Because our strata is only 32 units, it has been

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Condo Smarts: Get legal help to sort out balcony-alteration problem

Dear Tony: We purchased a condo in Cook Street Village a number of years ago and love our community and our neighbours. Our building is aging and it is time for some significant upgrades.  The first priority is our aging

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Thousands of condo owners at risk as thieves bypass entry-phone systems with default passcodes

Joe Rae lives in a complex that has been hit by burglars who didn’t need a crowbar or any other tools of the trade to break into the building. Instead, it appears all they had was a default passcode for

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Edmonton couple caught hiding baby at adult-only condo (AB)

Michael Janz and Sally Tang hide two-month-old Miles as if he was a bag of drugs when they walk between their car and their suburban Edmonton condo.  “We call him Baby Moses because he’s not allowed in Egypt, and we

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Large fire damages Whistler condo complex (BC)

Flames ripped through the roof of a condo building in Whistler Saturday night, displacing several people in the process.  The fire broke out around 11 p.m. in building A of the Northstar townhouse complex. The three-storey building suffered fire damage

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Will condo unit owners get a slice of the hydro rebate?

We’ve seen an announcement that condominiums will be eligible for a proposed hydro rebate. Will our corporation be obligated to pass the rebate to the unit owners or can they place it in the operating fund?  Read the Q&A…………..

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Man sues elevator company over mishap in condo, says he hurt leg in fall

A retiree who says he hurt his leg after tumbling from a malfunctioning elevator in his downtown condominium is suing one of the world’s largest elevator companies for negligence.  In his unproven statement of claim before Ontario Superior Court, Kenneth

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