Canada Condominium (Strata) & HOA News

  • Condo Culture Q&A: Can rules conflict with declarations? September 23, 2017 Q. We seem to have a condo rule in place that conflicts with our condo declaration. I’m new on the board and just discovered this fact. Can our board enforce this rule? I thought that the declaration took priority over the rules. Please confirm whether or not this rule is enforceable.   Read the Q&A……………..
  • Condo Smarts: Better to find solutions before a crisis occurs September 22, 2017 Dear Tony: Our strata discovered that a pipe in a wall between my unit and a neighbour’ s unit had developed a leak.  They hired a plumber who came out and had to cut a three-by-three-foot hole in both of our walls to replace the pipe. The cause was obvious: the pipe had been angled around a cable and stressed to the point of failure.  When the plumber was gone, he gave us a card to call to have our ...
  • Victoria cracks down on ‘ghost hotels’; some short-term rentals not allowed (BC) September 22, 2017 Victoria city council took action against so-called “ghost hotels” on several fronts Thursday, changing the landscape for condo owners and others who rent out suites and houses through online platforms such as Airbnb.  Changes disallowing short-term rentals of less than 30 days in transient zones — a zoning that permits hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts and covers much of the downtown — were approved by councillors after a public hearing Thursday night.    Read the article……………….
  • Condo Smarts: Better to find solutions before a crisis occurs September 21, 2017 Dear Tony: Our strata discovered that a pipe in a wall between my unit and a neighbour’ s unit had developed a leak.  They hired a plumber who came out and had to cut a three-by-three-foot hole in both of our walls to replace the pipe. The cause was obvious: the pipe had been angled around a cable and stressed to the point of failure.  When the plumber was gone, he gave us a card to call to have our ...
  • Owner won’t grant access to strata lot September 20, 2017 Dear Tony: What happens when an owner will not grant access to a strata lot? We have a reclusive owner who refuses to permit the strata corporation or its contractors to access the strata lot to conduct inspections on gas fireplaces and servicing of the sprinkler system. We have attempted on numerous occasions but the owner refuses. Our property manager has suggested we call a lock smith and advise the owner if they don’t provide access we will simply enter ...
  • Strata handyman informs and entertains neighbours on Twitter (BC) September 20, 2017 A Vancouver man fed up with the management of his strata is taking to Twitter to keep his neighbours informed, and call out those breaking the rules.  Landon Hawryluk bought a unit in 2016 at The Werks building at 555 West 7th Avenue. The seven-storey, 20 unit condominium development was completed in 2013 by a small developer.  Hawryluk says he quickly realized that the building had a lot of loose ends and issues that needed to be addressed, compounded by ...
  • Developer of cancelled Cambie condo could face legal backlash, says lawyer (BC) September 14, 2017 A cancelled development along the Cambie Street corridor could set the stage for a costly legal challenge, a lawyer says.  Vivagrand Developments, the group behind the proposed Langara West — a condo development at Cambie Street and West 59th Avenue — has cancelled the 72-luxury unit project citing significant permit delays from the City of Vancouver, which led to a loss of financing.  The group says it now plans to sell the property instead.    Read the article…………….

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Canada Condominium (Strata) & HOA Articles

  • Introducing The “Condominium Authority Of Ontario” September 22, 2017 Did you come to TRB today, hoping to crack your knuckles and type comments in the form of a spirited debate?  Well, you’ve come to the right place. Nothing gets the blood boiling quite like new government regulation!  As of September 1st, 2017, the “Condominium Authority of Ontario” was established, with a mandate to improve condominium living. How they do this, as is often the custom, is by collecting fees that they’ve made mandatory for all condos in the Province. ...
  • Is it Time to Amalgamate? September 21, 2017 There is just over a month to go until the amendments to the Condominium Act, 1998, come into force (unless the implementation is delayed again). The industry is abuzz about the amount of work the amendments are going to create with all of the returns, notices of change, certificates, disclosure obligations, etc. So you might be asking “Why would anyone want to create more work for themselves and amalgamate now?”    Read the article…………..
  • The Philosopher and the Developer: Pluralist Moral Theory and the Law of Condominium September 21, 2017 This paper analyzes the evolving law of condominium from the perspective of the moral philosophy of property, focusing in particular on neo-Aristotelian value or pluralist ethics. By combining aspects of traditional property law, corporate law, and municipal politics, condominium provides a flexible tool forownership and private land use planning. Condominium, however, also poses novel and unique challenges toboth legal doctrine and the very meaning of private property. After describing and comparing the pluralist approach to moral philosophy of property and ...
  • Investigate strata pesticide use September 20, 2017 On one side of the street we hold workshops teaching the public how to increase habitat for pollinators, and on the other side, people are spraying chemicals that endanger our fragile environment. Even with 65 per cent of people in B.C. living in communities with pesticide-use bylaws, we are not really protected. People blatantly disregard the laws and non-essential lawn and garden pesticides continue to be sold in B.C. In addition, some municipal bylaws only apply to municipal and residential ...
  • More About the Mandatory Training for Condo Directors (ON) September 19, 2017 The Condo Authority of Ontario (CAO) is responsible to provide new mandatory training for all condo directors in Ontario. We now know a bit more about what kind of training can be expected, who will be required to take it and the time frame to comply with this new requirement. The CAO has also launched 4 pilot training modules and is seeking your input on them. Give them a try!     Read the article…………….
  • Anonymous Defamatory E-Mails About Condo Board Members Results in Successful Lawsuit Against E-Mail Provider September 19, 2017 In a recent case, CCC No. 282 v. Yahoo! Inc., a condominium corporation obtained a court order requiring Yahoo! Inc. and Yahoo! Canada Inc. (collectively “Yahoo”) to provide information to help identify the author of allegedly defamatory e-mails sent to condominium unit owners and occupants.  After the resignation of the condominium superintendent, a disgruntled unit owner sent an e-mail to the other owners and occupants of the condominium alleging that the board members turned a blind eye to a contractor ...
  • Status Certificate – Resale Condos’ Equivalent To Home Inspection September 19, 2017 Prudent home buyers do not skip the home inspection. Behind walls, carpets and ceilings, any number of unseen problems may lurk – from faulty electrical to foundation flaws. In a resale condo scenario, home inspections are rare, but there is an important parallel: inspecting the status certificate. Having a lawyer review this document is a wise precaution. In fact, it’s so indispensable that lawyers typically turn it into a condition of purchase. What is a condo status certificate and what’s ...

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Canada Laws

Ontario Condominium Act

British Columbia Strata Property Act

Quebec – Divided Co-ownership of Immovables

Alberta – Condominium Property Act

Saskatchewan – Condominium Property Act

Nova Scotia – Condominium Act

Manitoba – The Condominium Act

New Brunswick – Condominium Property Act

Prince Edward Island – Condominium Act

Labrador/Newfoundland – Condominium Act

 

Canada Condominium & HOA Resources

Canadian Condominium Institute – The Canadian Condominium Institute is the Voice of Condominium in Canada. It is a national, independent, non-profit organization dealing exclusively with condominium issues.

Ontario 

The Condominium Authority of Ontario

The Condo Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario

Forms related to the Condominium Act

Condominium Dispute Resolution Model for Ontario

Condo Owners Association – Ontario

Toronto Condo News

 British Columbia

Strata Housing (BC Government site)

The Condominium Home Owners Association

Vancouver Island Strata Owners Association

The Condominium Owners Association of B.C.

Quebec

 Co-ownership Definitions

Condo Information Centre for Owners and Future Owners

Condo .ca

CondoBusiness

Condopædia

 Alberta

Condo Law for Albertans

 

Legal Condo Cases – Straight from the Source

Interviews with the attorneys involved with important cases

 

Canadian Condominium Blogs

 

Ontario Condo Law Blog

Condo Reporter

Michelle Kelly’s Condo Law Blog

Canadian Condominium Institute Videos