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Canada Condominium (Strata) & HOA News

  • 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………………………………..

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  • Smoking in condos does not always amount to nuisance (ON) February 22, 2024
    While lots of condos have become smoke free, many either don’t regulate smoking or have granted legacy rights to existing smokers. The result is that, when owners complain about smoke in their units, both sides rely on their nose to argue that the other side is wrong about the degree of nuisance. In a recent case, the CAT ruled on whether a “sniff test” constituted an adequate investigation into a smoke complaint.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Resident Permitted to Keep Dog as an “Emotional Support Animal” (ON) February 17, 2024
    In the case of MTCC 584 v. Kakish, the condominium corporation’s Declaration and Rules contained provisions prohibiting pets in the units.  One of the residents had a dog. She provided three letters from her doctor, setting out her need for the dog. She also provided a further letter from her treating psychiatrist. The letters stated that the resident suffered from anxiety and depression and needed the dog as a support animal to help decrease her anxiety and depression, and to ...
  • Condos must enforce their visitor parking rules (ON) February 15, 2024
    Here is another case involving visitor parking. In this case, the CAT ordered the condo to enforce its existing rules and to implement measures to better regulate the use of their visitor parking. Facts of the case: The condo complex at the centre of this litigation has 25 common element visitor parking spaces for approximately 200 units.   Read the article…………………………….
  • B.C. Civil Resolution Tribunal Says Smokers Didn’t Have a Right to Smoke February 10, 2024
    In the case of The Owners, Strata Plan NES2613 v. Ramsay, the B.C. Civil Resolution Tribunal ordered the residents of one of the units to stop smoking in their unit.  The strata corporation had passed a bylaw against smoking. The bylaw said that a resident could not smoke in any interior space, including within the units, or on exterior common property within 3 meters of a door, window, or air intake.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Condominium Corporations Are Not Authorized to Release Owners’ Emails to Third Parties Without Clear Consent of the Owners (ON) January 30, 2024
    Recently, we have received enquiries from clients about whether or not condominium corporations are required to provide a list of owners’ email addresses to owners (in accordance with a request for records) or to a third party (for instance, the Condominium Authority of Ontario). The short answer is no. Read the article…………………………….
  • The Importance of Full Disclosure in Status Certificates (ON) December 20, 2023
    A status certificate is a crucial document for prospective purchasers. This document serves as a comprehensive guide, offering a point-in-time snapshot of the condominium corporation’s fiscal health, potential circumstances which may result in an increase in common expenses, ongoing legal matters, and other potential red flags that would be of interest to purchasers.   Read the article………………………….
  • What’s next for condominium insurance? (ON) December 12, 2023
    In recent years, we navigated a challenging insurance environment known as a “hard market”. This term describes a period when multiple factors make it more challenging to secure and maintain suitable insurance coverage. In essence, the insurance companies were paying out more in claims than they were collecting in premiums.   Read the article………………………………

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Canada Laws

Ontario Condominium Act

British Columbia Strata Property Act

Quebec – Divided Co-ownership of Immoveables

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

The Association  of Condominium Managers of Ontario

Resources for Condo Directors & Owners

Forms related to the Condominium Act

Condominium Dispute Resolution Model for 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

Condo Information Centre for Owners and Future Owners

Condo .ca

CondoBusiness

 Alberta

Condo Law for Albertans

Condo Owners Forum Society of Alberta

Condo Owners Council of Alberta

 

Remi Network – Condo Business

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Canadian Condominium Blogs

Ontario Condo Law Blog

Condo Reporter

Michelle Kelly’s Condo Law Blog

 Lash Condo Law also has a number of publications for condominium information

Clifton Kok LLP Legal Counsel  has a number of information sections:

Alwington Communities

Canadian Condominium Institute Videos

Videos can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQpWqdGEOZO-3U3lxSp-W1A

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