Condo Smarts: Alteration agreements have been lost over time

Dear Tony: Our strata corporation is 164 units of mixed-use highrise, townhouse and commercial space. Over the past 15 years, a number of strata lots of all three types have made significant changes to the use of their properties.  Our strata took a pretty casual approach to managing the alterations, with the assumption that each owner would be responsible for their own repairs.  Now, we have issues with changes of windows and balcony enclosures that are causing damage to other strata lots.  Several of the units have sold several times and the new owners refuse to perform the maintenance or pay for the repairs.  In many circumstances, we had alteration agreements drawn up, but with several changes of management companies over the years, none of these records have been retained, so subsequent owners knew nothing of the alterations.  Can we impose new agreements on the current owners through our bylaws, or are we stuck with the repair costs?      Read the Q&A………


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