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- February 6, 2016
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Most of the owners of the bungalows in our condo complex have mobility problems — or have visitors who require help getting in or out of a unit. The board has been dragging its feet about requests by some owners to install front-entrance railings.   Read the Q&A………..

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- April 24, 2015
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A case recently released provides a great summary of enforcement principles in condominiums. Briefly, it was an application by a group of owners against the condominium and one of the directors. The owners claimed that the condominium was not enforcing its single family residence restriction. There appears to have been a battle in the condominium […]

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- April 21, 2015
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Dogs have long been recognized as man’s best friend, but a new law set to take effect in British Columbia later this year is hoping to ferret out the fraudsters in their midst.  The province’s newly revised Guide Dog and Service Dog Act is widely thought to be among the first in Canada to tackle […]

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- April 13, 2015
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The Residential and Tenancies Act, 2006 is the legislation presently applying to landlords and tenants. It provides that “[a] provision in a tenancy agreement prohibiting the presence of animals in or about the residential complex is void.” Consequently, a landlord cannot prevent a tenant from having a pet. However, what does that mean for condominium […]

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- April 13, 2015
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We published a piece last May recommending that condominium corporations enact policies to collect common expenses in an orderly, systematic way. Unfortunately, we continue to see condo boards deliberately delaying the commencement of power of sale proceedings on liened units. Such delay brings added cost, wasted board time, greater hardship on unit owners in trouble […]

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- April 10, 2015
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Anyone who has house hunted with a furry friend in tow knows that finding a pet-friendly rental in Edmonton can be a tricky task.  “There’s just a lot of factors, and it comes down to everything from allergies to damage to property,” said Bernie Winter, an expert in condo law and co-founder of the Alberta […]

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- April 6, 2015
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Though the weather suggests otherwise, spring has finally sprung in Ontario. As many condo corporations begin their seasonal cleaning and maintenance routines, our courts are likewise gearing up for significant housekeeping.  Recent changes to the Rules of Civil Procedure will automatically sweep away pending lawsuits brought in the Ontario Superior Court that are not moved […]

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- April 5, 2015
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Craig is being charged about $1,500 a month for meals, cleaning and other services she doesn’t receive at an apartment she doesn’t live in. She has refused to pay since May 2013 — she still pays the strata fees and property taxes — and said she is unable to sell the condo because of the […]

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- April 4, 2015
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This case involving a housing co-operative provides a good (but sad) example of the difficulties faced by a corporation (be it condominium or co-operative) when faced with a hoarder. In this case, the co-operative appears to have taken all required steps to protect the other co-owners and the corporation. It involved the Police Department, the […]

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- April 4, 2015
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The condo boom has done more for the city than it has for its streets. Though most residential towers sit atop podiums designed for other purposes — commercial, retail and the like — most include little more than the usual franchises and chains interrupted by an occasional dentist or dry-cleaner.    Read more………

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- April 4, 2015
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The residents of a condominium complex near Hornby and Beach have been told that having a medical marijuana dispensary in their building will mean the cancellation of the building’s insurance, one of the condo owners said Thursday.   Read more

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- April 2, 2015
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Rising claims for water damage in condo buildings and inadequate regulation have led insurance companies to refuse new clients or demand higher premiums for coverage, adding fuel to concerns about quality in Canada’s fastest-growing housing segment.  In March, Aviva Insurance Company of Canada stopped taking on new business from condo corporations in Quebec, citing rising […]

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- April 2, 2015
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As summer approaches, some people who currently own houses and condo units in Toronto will be thinking of renting them out.  And some who aren’t even thinking about it will find out that their tenants are.  Real estate industry observers say this year will likely bring an increase in short-term rentals as Toronto prepares to […]

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- April 1, 2015
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Dear Tony: Our strata had the AGM in February. At that time we did not pass a budget because the owners were arguing about whether the budget could be amended or not. At the suggestion of the property manager, we adjourned the meeting with his instruction that the meeting would be reconvened as unfinished business […]

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- March 31, 2015
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This case involving a housing co-operative provides a good (but sad) example of the difficulties faced by a corporation (be it condominium or co-operative) when faced with a hoarder. In this case, the co-operative appears to have taken all required steps to protect the other co-owners and the corporation. It involved the Police Department, the […]

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- March 31, 2015
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This is an apology to condominium owners who pay for City of Guelph services that the municipality has no ability or intention to provide.  I believe I have misled condominium owners over the last five years. I no longer believe the inequity condominium owners face in undelivered services they pay the city for will ever […]

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- March 30, 2015
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Until now, mortgagees could commence their enforcement lawsuits anywhere in Ontario they pleased, regardless of where the mortgaged property is located. That option is now gone.  On March 31, 2015, rule 13.1.01 of the Rules of Civil Procedure is amended by adding the following new subrule     Read more……..

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- March 28, 2015
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Every time I am approached by condo buyers and owners alike, the most asked question is on the future of condominiums.  Practically speaking, condos will exist as a real-estate ownership option for as long as there are buyers willing to buy them — notwithstanding their inherent ownership related problems.     Read more………

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- March 26, 2015
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Dear Tony: Our strata has been struggling with the issue of determining how high our strata fees should be.  Since we received our depreciation report, our council has put pressure on the owners to increase contingency contributions, and our maintenance and inspection provisions as part of our budget. As a result we increased our strata […]

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- March 25, 2015
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Living in a condominium means sharing space, including a building’s entrances, elevators, hallways and parking lots.  While those common spaces can be important for interactions between neighbours, they can also create security issues, as residents don’t always know who else is in their building.     Read more……….

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- March 25, 2015
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Strata disputes often end up in court, costing litigants a lot of time and money.  With Canada’s first online tribunal for strata and small-claims cases going live this year in B.C., troubles arising from condominium living should be less of a pain.     Read more………..

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- March 23, 2015
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The City of Cambridge should not take over service responsibilities for a private condominium corporation frustrated over added bills for fire hydrant fees, a report by city staff recommends.  In a report to be considered by Cambridge councillors Tuesday night, staff write that decertifying the bizarrely shaped development of 15 homes off of 90 Alderson […]

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- March 20, 2015
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Who should pay the bill when condominium directors act unlawfully and take justice in their own hand? According to the Court of Appeal it may be the owners having elected them!  We blogged already on the Ottawa case where condominium directors were found to be in contempt of court when they decided to ignore a […]

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- March 19, 2015
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Despite being reviewed by a number of people during the development phase, sometimes a declaration or description is registered with an error or inconsistency in it. For instance, where two condominiums are mirror images of each other and the documents prepared from the first are used for the second.    Read more………

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- March 18, 2015
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With ethics and governance being such a hot topics in the corporate and political world, you won’t be surprised to hear that condominium corporations are no stranger to these concepts. Directors must be conscious of the standard of care expected from them and of the risk of conflict of interest.  Read more……….

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- March 18, 2015
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In a sea of modern towers filled with modern amenities, it’s hard to believe that there might be no hot water in a Yaletown condo.  But that’s exactly what residents say has happened at Park Plaza for the past three weeks, before it was fixed on Tuesday.

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- March 16, 2015
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Parking spots are falling out of favour with many condo buyers, thanks to the proliferation of car-sharing services and a greater emphasis on transit and walkability by city dwellers.     Read more………

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- March 16, 2015
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Mr. Taite’s initial Application before the Tribunal was dismissed last February. At the time, he was alleging that the responding condominium corporation violated the Human Rights Code by failing to accommodate his disability, which required him to drive a modified truck. At the time, he was requesting to be able to park his over-sized truck […]

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- March 13, 2015
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In September 2013, the Ontario government, in conjunction with Canada’s Public Policy Forum, published a working paper on changes to the Condominium Act of Ontario. The current Condominium Act in use in Ontario was prepared in the late 1990s and brought into force in 2001. It is widely held that a review of the Act […]

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