Condo owner websites 

Other provinces
Inactive sites

I thought that it would be helpful to list all the condo owners' websites that I could find in one spot. Here is a start:

YCC #42 unofficial website   (November 2014)
An informed owner is using this website with the hope of pressuring the board into making improvements to this Dixon Road condo complex.

The blog consists of a series of photographs showing safety and health issues on the condo corporation's property. The limited text helps the viewer understand what has happened and how long the issues have existed without being corrected.

Quite disturbing photographs.

Marina Del Rey Phase I
Christina Sobolak, an owner at Marina Del Rey Phase I, 2261 Lake Shore Blvd. West has posted a website about the horrors she has gone through for the last 11 years.

She is now suing her condo, the directors, the property management company, her ex-neighbour and the insurance companies for $15 million.

How bad is her unit? Her top floor has been stripped to the bare concrete, it has been unlivable for the last 11 years and she does not have to pay city property taxes.

Christina states:
"I have started this blog with the hope that I can provide help and encouragement to others who find themselves in a similar situation. Insurance companies and corporations have lots of money and lawyers to fight us. However, we have the power of the internet and the social media to connect, support each other, and exchange helpful information."

This is a very well designed site, far above the quality of most disgruntled owner sites.

Condo for rent
Christina has also listed her unit for rent. It is obvious she is trying to inform everyone she can about the problems she is having with her condo unit.

Condo Board Blahs
A woman describes her battle with her condo board after her husband and her bought a puppy. They tried very hard to be good neighbours but it did not help.

Condo Advisory
This American site includes condos in the major Canadian cities. It features anonymous reviews of condos by owners and renters. People speak their mind.

Many Toronto and Mississauga condos are listed but only a few have reviews. Many reviews are extremely interesting.

Comments about grumpy security guards and rude property managers are mixed in with people complaining about excessive noise, false fire alarms, water leaks, cooking odours, prostitutes or waiting too long for elevators.

It is amusing to read comments that praise a building that are posted after some very negative comments. You have to decide which ones are biased.

The building at 3400 Riverspray Crescent in Mississauga has over 31 reviews. I don’t think any of them are favourable. I am sure that this is a rental building. No matter. After reading these comments you will realize that your home is not so bad after all.

It would be nice to see more condos listed here especially in the GTA area.

See if your property has been reviewed.

Humber Bay Shores Condominium Association
A group of condo owners who aim to protect, foster and advance the interests of condo owners in Toronto's Humber Bay area.

They publish a quarterly magazine that is distributed to local condos.


Other provinces

Strata 101
A very good owner's website on BC condos issues.

Coalition of Leaky Condo Owners
This is a ten year old site that dealt with the leaky condominiums in British Columbia. Most likely due to libel concerns, the sections dealing with naming developers has been disabled but even so, this site gives readers an understanding of the dangers of buying a condo unit before it has been been built.

The "Legal & Litigation FAQs" and the "I am thinking of buying a condo" pages are very good.

These owner-activists were upset. They sold T-shirts and picketed in front of new developments, a militancy I have not heard of in Toronto.

Alberta Condo Owners Association
Founded in September 2013 by two condo owners in Alberta, ACOA is planing on becoming a political voice for all condo owners in the province of Alberta. The content on this website is restricted to members. There is a yearly membership fee of twenty dollars.

Our Calgary Condo Nightmare
This Calgary website is similar to the Marina del Ray site listed above in that the owner was forced out of their home and rent elsewhere for over two years due to water leaks.

The couple bought a three story townhouse in Prince's Island Estates, located in a beautiful area of Calgary. They immediately spent a lot of money renovating the interior.

Then the condo hired contractors to work on the decks and replace windows due to water leaks. That is when the trouble started.

The site has excellent photographs showing the extremely poor workmanship by whoever installed the new windows.

The City of Calgary told them directly that their complex has had one of the worse declines in value because of the "problems". The news is out and the City and real estate agents know what is happening and knowledgeable buyers are being told to stay away.

However when I look up Price Island estates on the search engines, the first three pages is taken by real estate agents praising how great the condo is as they try to sell their listings.

Condominium Blog
This is an Alberta-based blog where owners can e-mail questions and receive answers.

Condo Buyers Beware
A condo owner in suburban St. John's has created a buyers beware website to ensure potential buyers don't go through the same nightmare she has.


Inactive sites

1235 Radom Street
An owner in this Pickering townhouse corporation has started this website in November 2011. She claimed that their townhouse condo board improperly signed a new contract with  Newton Trelawney Property Management Services.

The owner, who is/was on a condo-fee strike, is taking the board to court to ask for an inspector. This owner and the web site owner were being sued for libel for what has been posted on their blog.

Although the two were convinced they are in the right and would prevail in court, I'm afraid this will have a very bad ending.

(This site is still up but has not been updated since September 2013.)

YCC 242
"Without transparency there is no accountability" is the subtitle for this site. This condo, which does not identify itself, has two themes that I could see, one is the lack of accountability from the board and a stream of board member resignations.

Why Valencia Condo's SUCK!
This site from a Las Vegas has not been updated in the last three years but it does describe another troubled condo complex. This apartment building conversion is described as having some of the worst workmanship issues I have ever heard of.

The section that takes quotes from the leasing company's ads and then states the true facts is informative.



We Live Here

A condo owners association formed to fight short-term rentals in their buildings.

Owners Corporation Network
Owners Helping Owners
Sharing Information to Improve Apartment Living
Representing the interests of Strata Owners and Occupiers

This website was specifically created to be a simple guide on Strata for everyone.

Closed sites

Emerald City Class Action  (April 2014)
A group of owners at Emerald City Phase I in North York have launched a $30 million class-action lawsuit against the developer. The owners claim that a promised underground entrance to the TTC and to the nearby shopping mall was not built. The owners on the 32nd floor have three additional lawsuits dealing with lower than promised ceiling heights.

4091/4101 Sheppard Ave E.
If 236 Albion Road was the big Toronto condo disaster story in the fall of 2011 and 40 Panorama Court caught the media's attention earlier that summer,  at the start of 2011,  the twin towers at 4091/4101 Sheppard Avenue East was the big disaster condo story on the television news.

The CBC covered the story of a brothel that was running out one of the condo units for over ten years and nothing was done about; not by the board and not by the police.

This twin-tower complex is an older condominium that won a design award when it was built. Close to Kennedy Road it is close to a large shopping mall, has good bus connections and is right across the street from a GO train station.

Since it was built, it has fallen into harder times. It was a self-managed corporation for a few years and after a serious of minor crimes and a mugging on the property, it has increased the number of video cameras and has security guards on site in the evenings and on the weekends.

This site was a typical owner website. It looked like it was built by an owner and after adding fresh material for about a month after it was built, he failed to update the site.

Still, he highlighted the condo's troubles and did try to get the other owners interesting in solving their many problems.

However a recent partial evacuation of one of the two towers in October 2012, after the discovery of a drug lab, is not mentioned.

This website is now closed, probably due to inactivity.

YCC #42 unofficial website  (closed)
An informed owner was using this website with the hope of pressuring the board into making improvements to this Dixon Road condo.

The Internet provider was requested to shut this website down.

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