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  • Will this actually deter developers from scrapping purchase agreements so they can resell condos at higher prices? March 3, 2024
    A British Columbia court decision last month should be a deterrent to condominium developers who might terminate purchase agreements so they can resell the units at higher prices.  The court awarded a staggering $13 million to 30 condo buyers whose purchase agreements were improperly terminated by the builder.     Read the article…………………………….
  • Mayor’s Message: Year of the Community Association (AB) March 2, 2024
    As we embark on the journey of another year filled with opportunities and challenges, I am thrilled to declare 2024 as the Year of the Community Association here in Red Deer. This special designation is a tribute to the remarkable contributions these groups make to the social fabric of our city. Throughout the year, I encourage all Red Deerians to actively engage with their local community associations, as their involvement is key to fostering a stronger, more connected city.    ...
  • Condo Smarts: Strata must show details of special levy (BC) March 2, 2024
    Dear Tony: Our strata corporation has approved a special levy in payments for roofing of our eight-building complex. As a large development this will be a significant amount. The first due date of the levy is June 1, then Oct. 1, and April 1, 2025 with a planned completion over a year. Total cost and levy approved was $2.2 million.   Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • 1 dead after Burnaby condo fire near Metrotown (BC) February 28, 2024
    The Burnaby RCMP has confirmed a person died during a fire at a vacant condo building near Metrotown Tuesday night.  Read the article…………………………….
  • Condo Smarts: Strata faces insurance confusion after cold snap damage (BC) February 28, 2024
    Dear Tony:  Our strata building was one of the unlucky victims of the extreme cold snap, resulting in an unheated stairwell riser freezing, bursting and damaging our common areas and 11 of our 65 units. To avoid an insurance claim, the property manager and council decided to treat these all as separate claims and advised each owner to file a claim on their homeowner policies.   Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Why is Edmonton’s condo market so weird? (AB) February 28, 2024
    Bidding wars and rock-bottom prices — is this really Edmonton’s condo market?  While real estate is heating up across the country, Edmonton has remained mostly stagnant. In fact our apartment-style condos remain some of the most affordable anywhere in Canada.  But real estate agents are noticing a shift, and it could be big.   Read the article…………………………….
  • B.C. strata ordered to do gardening, mend fences February 28, 2024
    B.C.’s Civil Resolution Tribunal has ordered a White Rock strata do the gardening and mend fences after owners filed legal action against the strata.  Owners Celeste and Sean Michaels told tribunal vice-chair Eric Regehr that the strata had failed to repair and maintain common property adjacent to their strata lot.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Tribunal declines to resolve Burnaby strata’s ‘complex’ $315K dispute (BC) February 27, 2024
    Resolving a dispute over who should pay for certain repairs at Cascade Village will require a decision on the strata’s “whole governance and funding model,” according to the province’s Civil Resolution Tribunal, which refused to decide the issue.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Condo Smarts: Investors need to be aware of their liabilities (BC) February 24, 2024
    Dear Tony: As owners of an investment property, we hope you will include our letter for other investors and strata councils to read. We owned two condos in Metro Vancouver that were permitted short-term rentals. They were frequently booked and a profitable investment for our retirement.    Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Condo fire extinguished by melted water pipe leaves $500,000 in damage (SK) February 22, 2024
    An early-morning fire in a condo building’s ceiling partially put itself out when it melted a water pipe, but the damage left behind added up to an estimated $500,000.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Burnaby strata sues over concrete repair that allegedly knocked out elevator (BC) February 21, 2024
    A Burnaby strata is suing a concrete repair company for allegedly slicing through electrical conduits and knocking out the highrise’s elevator.  The Empress strata, located at 6282 Kathleen Ave. in Metrotown, hired JFR Concrete Repair and Waterproofing to repair parts of the building’s parkade where rainwater had been pooling, according to a notice of civil claim filed in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver this month.  Read the article…………………………….
  • Condo Smarts: How to decide when to file an insurance claim (BC) February 17, 2024
    Dear Tony: Our strata building was one of the unlucky victims of the extreme cold snap, resulting in an unheated stairwell riser freezing, bursting and damaging our common areas and 11 of our 65 units. To avoid an insurance claim, the property manager and council decided to treat these all as separate claims and advised each owner to file a claim on their homeowner policies.    Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Residents displaced in Campbell River due to aggressive condo fire (BC) February 17, 2024
    Photos of the fire show an entire condo engulfed along with a large portion of the roof.  Craig Burkett, a resident in the building said it was a mad rush to try and get some of the vulnerable residents out.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Condo owners with short-term rental plans should beware (AB) February 17, 2024
    If you are considering buying a condo to operate it as an Airbnb, beware that even if short-term rentals are allowed today, there is no guarantee the condo board and/or the city won’t eliminate short-term rentals in the future. Yes, it always “buyer beware!”   Read the article…………………………….
  • ‘Extremely complex’ fire breaks out at Victoria condo building (BC) February 14, 2024
    A fire erupted at a Victoria condo building just north of the downtown core early Wednesday morning.  Photos show flames and smoke coming from the roof of the four-storey Lexington Park condo building, located at 689 Bay St., just after midnight.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Condo Smarts: Strata struggles with misinformation on unauthorized social media account (BC) February 14, 2024
    Dear Tony:  Our strata corporation is struggling with a Facebook page created by an owner that is publishing incorrect information about our major construction project. It has resulted in several potential purchasers walking away from our strata, and a supplier has demanded we pay 50 per cent of our material cost before they agree to supply products.    Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Judge awards Richmond condo presale buyers $13.1 million (BC) February 13, 2024
    More than 30 people who sued Richmond condo developer Anderson Square Holdings Ltd. and two directors over the cancellation of their pre-sale contracts were awarded $13.1 million in damages by a B.C. Supreme Court judge.     Read the article…………………………….
  • Dark screen drama: Burnaby condo tower in legal fight over giant LED display (BC) February 10, 2024
    A giant, three-storey, mesh LED screen on the side of a Burnaby Metrotown condo tower that hasn’t lit up since 2021 has become the subject of a legal battle.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Real estate agent calls building ‘worst condo in Toronto’ and it’s not what you’re thinking (ON) February 9, 2024
    With the sketchy fires, bloody hallways, and a thriving scamming scene, ICE condos has built up a horrifying reputation over the past few years. But one real estate agent is now saying there could be a worse building in Toronto.   Read the article…………………………….
  • City of Peterborough To Continue Collection Services For Multi-Residential and Condominium Properties (ON) February 7, 2024
    Garbage collection services for multi-residential and condominium properties that currently receive City garbage collection will continue after the City Council decides to maintain the service after a meeting on Monday nigh   Read the article……………………………. /*! elementor - v3.19.0 - 07-02-2024 */ .elementor-column .elementor-spacer-inner{height:var(--spacer-size)}.e-con{--container-widget-width:100%}.e-con-inner>.elementor-widget-spacer,.e-con>.elementor-widget-spacer{width:var(--container-widget-width,var(--spacer-size));--align-self:var(--container-widget-align-self,initial);--flex-shrink:0}.e-con-inner>.elementor-widget-spacer>.elementor-widget-container,.e-con>.elementor-widget-spacer>.elementor-widget-container{height:100%;width:100%}.e-con-inner>.elementor-widget-spacer>.elementor-widget-container>.elementor-spacer,.e-con>.elementor-widget-spacer>.elementor-widget-container>.elementor-spacer{height:100%}.e-con-inner>.elementor-widget-spacer>.elementor-widget-container>.elementor-spacer>.elementor-spacer-inner,.e-con>.elementor-widget-spacer>.elementor-widget-container>.elementor-spacer>.elementor-spacer-inner{height:var(--container-widget-height,var(--spacer-size))}.e-con-inner>.elementor-widget-spacer.elementor-widget-empty,.e-con>.elementor-widget-spacer.elementor-widget-empty{position:relative;min-height:22px;min-width:22px}.e-con-inner>.elementor-widget-spacer.elementor-widget-empty .elementor-widget-empty-icon,.e-con>.elementor-widget-spacer.elementor-widget-empty .elementor-widget-empty-icon{position:absolute;top:0;bottom:0;left:0;right:0;margin:auto;padding:0;width:22px;height:22px}
  • Condo Smarts: Vigilance required to counter Facebook comments (BC) February 3, 2024
    Dear Tony: Our strata corporation is struggling with a Facebook page created by an owner that is publishing incorrect information about our major construction project. It has resulted in several potential purchasers walking away from our strata, and a supplier has demanded we pay 50% of our material cost before they will agree to supply products. Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • B.C. strata owners challenge sign-in sheets for pool, gym and hot tub January 31, 2024
    B.C.’s Civil Resolution Tribunal has refused to get involved in a dispute between strata owners and their council about pool, gym and hot tub sign-up sheets. Read the article…………………………….
  • Ontario condo associations raising concerns over safety of board members (ON) December 21, 2023
    Ontario’s three largest condo associations are sounding the alarm over safety and privacy concerns in the wake of the one-year anniversary of the Vaughan condo shooting. Melissa Nakhavoly reports.    Watch the news report…………………………..
  • $3,200 in fines for condo owner’s shade screen were valid, B.C. tribunal finds December 20, 2023
    A man who installed a shade screen on the balcony of his condo on the 16th floor of a highrise will have to pay more than $3,000 in bylaw fines, B.C.’s Civil Resolution Tribunal has ruled.   Read the article……………………………
  • Condo Smarts: Even smaller stratas need electric planning report (BC) December 16, 2023
    Dear Tony: With the new regulations that require strata corporations of 5 units or more to have electric planning reports completed, will this apply to a small townhouse or bare land strata like ours which is only 14 units in Delta? With single detached units where each home has its own panel and meter, why would this report be of any value to our small community?   Read the Q&A…………………………..
  • B.C. condo owners not responsible for damage caused by tenant’s discarded cigarette December 16, 2023
    Mandie Brooks’ condo suffered “significant damage” from a fire that started from a discarded cigarette on her neighbour’s balcony last year, but her attempt to get the owners of the neighbouring unit to pay for the damage has been dismissed.    Read the article………………………….
  • Still haunted on first anniversary of Vaughan condo building mass murder (ON) December 16, 2023
    John Di Nino still sees the barrel of the gun pointing right at him.  His wife Doreen lies crumpled on the vestibule floor of their penthouse condo, their disgruntled neighbour Francesco “Frank” Villi having just fired at her face, the bullet slamming through her jaw and out the back of her neck, knocking her to the floor, her blood slowly staining the new white runners of one of her guests who’d come to visit that Sunday evening of Dec. 18, 2022.  ...
  • ‘Blindsided’: Owners of evacuated Edmonton condo receive bills for up to $12K (AB) December 14, 2023
    Residents of a north Edmonton condo building that was evacuated earlier this year due to structural concerns say they’ve received bills for thousands of dollars after a special assessment was done on the building.   Read the article……………………………
  • B.C. strata fined newborns’ parents for increasing occupancy December 14, 2023
    Christina James and Matt Rowland lived in Fairview Village complex, but shortly after their first child was born, the strata board notified the couple they were in violation of its occupancy bylaw and began levying fines for the violation, according to a B.C. Civil Resolution Tribunal decision.     Read the article……………………………
  • New strata development regulations streamline EV charging station installations in B.C. December 14, 2023
    British Columbia has introduced new regulations that will facilitate the installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in strata developments.  Effective Dec. 6, these changes are aimed at supporting the transition to a low-carbon future and adapting to climate change, according to a recent press release from the Ministry of Housing.    Read the article……………………………..
  • Condo Smarts: Why you should request all reports before buying a property (BC) December 13, 2023
    Q: We purchased our first condo in Richmond back in August of 2022. At the time, we received the recommended documents from our realtor of a Form B information certificate, which included the depreciation report completed in 2022.   Read the Q&A………………………………
  • B.C. strata renter denied doorbell camera December 13, 2023
    B.C.’s Civil Resolution Tribunal has rejected a Langley man’s bid to have a doorbell camera at his strata unit.  Brodie Thompson rents a strata lot and had installed a doorbell camera without the strata’s approval.   ead the article……………………………
  • B.C. strata ordered to conduct secret probe to catch renegade smoker December 12, 2023
    Two complainants of second-hand smoke seeping into their unit had claim largely dismissed. However, their strata council has to do more to catch whoever is smoking, causing nuisance, said CRT adjudicator      Read the article…………………………
  • Downtown Windsor condo building residents get heat restored after nearly 3 months (ON) December 11, 2023
    The heat is back on in units at Royal Windsor Terrace in the city’s downtown, according to the building’s property manager.  It’s been roughly three months since a van fell into a downtown hydro vault, affecting the building’s heat because of a large power outage for much of Windsor’s core.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Condo Smarts: Don’t be deceived by a property owner’s disclosure (BC) December 9, 2023
    Dear Tony: We purchased our first condo in Richmond back in August 2022. At the time we received the recommended documents by our realtor of a Form B Info Certificate, which included the depreciation report completed in 2022. We mistakenly assumed this was the complete report on building conditions, and did not pursue this any further. We are faced with a significant special levy for the replacement of the balconies throughout the complex.   Read the Q&A……………………………..
  • Time’s up for some short-term rentals in B.C. as new housing rules transform scene December 9, 2023
    Nancy Paine’s short-term rental business is dead in the water.  As co-founder and CEO of Victoria-based Superhost, Paine said she had been at the forefront of the Airbnb revolution for seven years, acting as a “liaison” for homeowners needing help with the logistics of running a listing on the accommodation site.   Read the article……………………………..
  • B.C. landlord ordered to pay $5,400 for tenant’s spitting, garbage-tossing, vandalism December 8, 2023
    A B.C. landlord has been ordered to pay $5,400 in strata fines racked up by a former tenant who was accused of breaching the building’s bylaws 75 times   Read the article……………………………
  • New B.C. strata rules make it easier for owners to ask for EV charging stations December 7, 2023
    The B.C. government has introduced new rules that make it easier for homeowners to ask strata developments to provide electric-vehicle (EV) charging stations.   Read the article…………………………..
  • Condo Smarts: Surveillance causes concern for condo owners (BC) December 6, 2023
    Q: I live in a condo building in the Okanagan. There is an ongoing dispute with our strata council over the type and frequency of surveillance imposed on owners, tenants and visitors. Our strata council has introduced a number of cameras, not all of which were disclosed to owners and residents, that record the access to strata units.  Read the Q&A……………………………..
  • Airbnb renter whose grease fire set off sprinklers in Vancouver highrise can’t be sued by insurer, court rules (BC) December 3, 2023
    An Edmonton man who accidentally started a grease fire while staying in an Airbnb in a downtown Vancouver condo, setting off the building’s sprinklers, cannot be sued for damages by the strata corporation’s insurer   Read the article…………………………………
  • Condo Smarts: Strata must establish bylaw for surveillance (BC) December 2, 2023
    Dear Tony: I live in a condo building in the Okanagan and there is an ongoing dispute with our strata council over the type and frequency of surveillance imposed on owners, tenants and their visitors in our community.   Read the Q&A………………………………
  • Shoring wall collapse at B.C. condo development raises questions about quality of work December 2, 2023
    Engineering experts say a number of factors may have led to the dramatic collapse of a shoring wall at the development site of a high-rise condo in Coquitlam.     Read the article……………………………..
  • Residents of Windsor condo building without heat months after car falls into utility vault (ON) December 1, 2023
    People living in a downtown Windsor condo building are still feeling the effects after a parked vehicle fell through the ground into an underground electric vault in September.  According to Ward 3 Coun. Renaldo Agostino, some residents at Royal Windsor Terrace on Pelissier Street currently have no heat in their units as work continues to address the situation.    Read the article………………………………
  • Condo Smarts: All stratas must file proper address (BC) November 25, 2023
    Dear Tony: Our strata corporation missed out on a notice relating to a lawsuit because we did not have the current address filed in Land Titles. We were totally unaware of this requirement, and our current management company did not provide us with any directions. We are a multi-building 220-unit strata corporation in Richmond and this type of omission could have resulted in a significant cost, judgment or loss for our owners.  Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Burnaby condo owner loses strata battle over unopenable window (BC) November 25, 2023
    Cole Balachanoff said a floor plan shows a certain window in his Brentwood apartment should open, but it doesn’t. He told the Civil Resolution Tribunal the strata should replace the window with an openable one or give him a $10K break on strata fees.    Read the article………………………….
  • B.C. strata owner loses $32K bid for door repairs, accommodation November 24, 2023
    A strata owner requested a French door instead of a sliding one to accommodate her disability but the Civil Resolution Tribunal found no disability evidence.   Read the article……………………………….
  • Noce: How liable is condo corporation for water damage loss? (AB) November 24, 2023
    Question: I am the president of our condominium complex. There was a water loss in a third-floor unit that caused water damage in a number of other units. The owners in the damaged units were asked to vacate while the condominium corporation repaired the units.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Crown stays charges of bid rigging in condo renovations (ON) November 22, 2023
    A high-profile criminal case of alleged bid-rigging in the condominium refurbishment business has collapsed amid issues of court timing and concerns about the original search warrant application.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Condo Smarts: Strata faces decisions after total building loss to fire (BC) November 22, 2023
    Q: Our strata in the North Okanagan was a total loss during the fires this summer. We have received a settlement payment from the insurance company for the loss, and owners are wondering what comes next. Do we rebuild, shut down the strata corporation and disperse the funds to everyone, or are there other options, such as selling the property to a developer and owners can buy back in?    Read the Q&A…………………………..
  • B.C. strata owner responsible for $10K burst pipe insurance deductible November 22, 2023
    B.C.’s Civil Resolution Tribunal has awarded a Lower Mainland strata $10,000 in compensation for an insurance deductible after a sprinkler pipe burst in an owner’s unit.    Read the article………………………………
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