Condo owner websites
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:
#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
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.
"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.
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.
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
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
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
See if your property has been reviewed.
Humber Bay Shores Condominium
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
A very good owner's website on BC condos issues.
Coalition of Leaky
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
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.
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
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.)
"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.
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.
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
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
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.
#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
The Internet provider was requested to shut this website down.
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