|Toronto plan puts focus on two- and three-bedroom residential units
The city is planning to force developers to build two & three bedroom condo units in all new downtown condo towers.
|I'd like to know what the developers think of this.
|Condo boards racing to clamp down on cannabis before pot becomes legal
Late last week, Goldview Property Management, the company that runs OneEleven Condos in the King West neighbourhood, informed its residents of new rules governing the use of cannabis.
|Among them: no smoking or growing pot inside units and common areas,
including on balconies and patios, and no deliveries of pot to the
|Two men wanted for allegedly stealing jewelry, clothes and cheques from downtown Airbnb condo
Toronto police are looking for two men wanted for allegedly stealing from an Airbnb-rented condominium unit in downtown Toronto.
|Police said one of the men rented a condominium unit on Richmond St. W. and Simcoe St. from a woman on Airbnb on the evening of Feb. 3.|
|Lessons here? Don't leave valuables in your condo when you rent to strangers.
|Battle for the ballot: Inside the bitter nominations that divided the Ontario PCs
So there were forged proxies, the leadership rigging rules, playing games with the election dates and selecting the people who control the registration desks.
|Candidates having trouble getting a copy of the membership lists so they can canvas the membership for support. Expensive lawsuits to try to get an honest election.|
|Nothing here that's new to many condo owners who have tried to get elected to their board of directors.|
|If there are jobs, power and/or money involved, ethics quickly gets kicked out the window.
|Moving a mobile home to a new location is out of the question for most owners. For starter, moving a trailer home even a few miles can cost thousands of dollars. The cost of a long-distance move can exceed $10,000. And that assumes that the owner can locate a suitable piece of land, zoned for a mobile home, with access to utilities, and affordable rent.|
The mobile home owners usually move out with next to nothing.
|Our apartment buildings could very soon be invaded, thanks to Airbnb
Sydney Australia: We know the government is considering an option to limit the number of days that you can “Airbnb” a property, but this causes new problems.
|There are already stories about people being forced to sign
11-month leases so that landlords can cash in on extra Airbnb rates at
Christmas time. Limiting the number of days you can rent a place on
Airbnb would encourage this further.
|I'm not sure this could happen in Ontario.—CondoMadness
|Without knowing it, a Scarborough man may have been flushing thousands of dollars down the toilet.|
|Leaky toilets can cost a condo $800 a month
per toilet in excess water bills.
|Managing Curb Appeal
Dealing With the Eyesore Next Door.
|Thinking of growing your own pot? It could lead to home insurance headaches
There's concern that admitting to growing marijuana at home for recreational use — which would be allowed under proposed federal legislation — could result in a homeowners' or renters' insurance premiums growing like a weed.
|Is this just ignorant fear mongering or will condo owners have yet another problem to worry about?
|Broken promises, but no fix, for Downtown Eastside condo building
Vancouver—The developer of Sequel 138 promised his building would provide social housing, affordable home ownership, an arts centre with community programming and a lane leading to Chinatown through the site in the city’s Downtown Eastside.
|Two years after the building’s completion, the lane is now locked off behind a gate, four retail spaces sit empty, there is no arts centre or programming, and BC Housing acknowledges some homeowners rented out or put their units on Airbnb, abusing a housing covenant that was supposed to prevent real estate speculation.|
|Living beside the Regent, a notorious single-room occupancy hotel, comes with its own special challenges. Regent residents often throw used syringes, garbage and human waste onto the Sequel 138 courtyard.|
|Social planning of a condo project where almost everything that could go wrong, went wrong.
|China’s tough new recycling standards leaving Canadian municipalities in a bind
China's decision to impose tough new purity standards on the recycled materials it takes in from around the world has Canadian municipalities facing pileups of garbage, hefty extra costs and the risk of losing millions in revenue.
|As of Jan. 1, 2018, China, which buys approximately two-thirds of North America's recyclables, requires that contamination levels—newspaper smeared with ketchup, plastics mixed with broken glass—can't exceed 0.5 per cent.|
|Toronto has a one-bin-for-all-recyclables system and its contamination rate is high—25 per cent, concedes Mr. Angove.
|The owners would have needed 43 votes in favour of each new board member in order to remove any original board member. When the votes were tallied, each new member received between 34 and 37 votes, according to two owners who attended the meeting.|
|Only 69 of the building’s 85 unit owners attended the meeting, they said.|
|I wouldn't say that this was a strong vote of confidence in the existing board.
|A couple that were moving into a Toronto condo had some of their belonging stolen from the loading dock.
|Ciaran says, in hindsight, they shouldn’t have left their belongings unattended, but he believed the loading dock was a safe space because there are security cameras all around and a guard around the corner. He adds he didn’t think twice about leaving their boxes.|
|What makes this incident unusual is that 680 News interviews a suspect when he returned to the crime scene.
|Property management fraud has been on the rise since the Great Recession. Repair and maintenance billing is at the center of the fraudulent activity, with property managers mischarging for work or billing for work that has not been completed or that was not needed.|
|Jason Hartman, president of Platinum Properties, has been the victim or
fraudulent activity and has worked to educate other investors on the
risk of potential fraud from property managers.
|Windsor Green Condominium, Myrtle Beach, was the site of a second major fire in five years. Back in 2013, according to a report by horrynews.com, fire destroyed 26 condo units and displaced close to 200 residents.|
|The most recent fire, which occurred in mid-April, destroyed 11 units and injured seven residents.|
|Several residents jumped off of their balconies to escape the smoke and fire, including members of the Alewine family. Brian and his wife both jumped off of the third floor balcony, after dropping their sons, ages 3 and 10 to the ground below, as the fire raged close behind them.|
|Incredibly, despite the devastation of 2013, condo buildings at Windsor
Green still lack basic fire safety infrastructure. There are no
sprinkler systems, working smoke alarms, or fire escapes from second or
third floor condo apartments.