Condo Smarts: Strata faces insurance confusion after cold snap damage (BC)

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 […]

Why is Edmonton’s condo market so weird? (AB)

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 […]

B.C. strata ordered to do gardening, mend fences

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…………………………….

Condo Smarts: Investors need to be aware of their liabilities (BC)

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………………………………..

Burnaby strata sues over concrete repair that allegedly knocked out elevator (BC)

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 […]

Condo Smarts: How to decide when to file an insurance claim (BC)

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 […]

Condo owners with short-term rental plans should beware (AB)

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)

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…………………………….

Judge awards Richmond condo presale buyers $13.1 million (BC)

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…………………………….

Condo Smarts: Vigilance required to counter Facebook comments (BC)

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 […]

Condo Smarts: Even smaller stratas need electric planning report (BC)

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 […]

Still haunted on first anniversary of Vaughan condo building mass murder (ON)

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 […]

B.C. strata fined newborns’ parents for increasing occupancy

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.

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……………………………..

B.C. strata renter denied doorbell camera

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……………………………

Downtown Windsor condo building residents get heat restored after nearly 3 months (ON)

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)

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 […]

Time’s up for some short-term rentals in B.C. as new housing rules transform scene

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……………………………..

Condo Smarts: Surveillance causes concern for condo owners (BC)

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 […]

Condo Smarts: Strata must establish bylaw for surveillance (BC)

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………………………………

Condo Smarts: All stratas must file proper address (BC)

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 […]

Burnaby condo owner loses strata battle over unopenable window (BC)

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………………………….

Noce: How liable is condo corporation for water damage loss? (AB)

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)

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)

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, […]

Condo Smarts: What are options after a total strata loss? (BC)

Dear Tony: 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, do we simply shut down the strata corporation and disperse the funds to everyone, or […]

Burnaby owner loses strata battle to save beloved Christmas spruce (BC)

Qian Wang told the Civil Resolution Tribunal she and her daughter enjoy the little evergreen in front of their townhouse ‘especially at Christmas’ but the tribunal has ruled the strata can cut the tree down at will to protect a retaining wall from its roots.   Read the article………………………………..