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17 August 2017
Rhonda McCarthy, Ontario condo property manager goes to jail
Records from 2009 showed McCarthy used accounting software to forge
cheques totaling $909,000. After printing the cheques, she forged the
signature of the company president.
Judge Dawson said the money was used to finance a lavish lifestyle for McCarthy, spending the money on “travel and cars.”
“This was pure greed,” she said. “All of these lasting impacts on all
of these people, all so Ms. McCarthy could go to spas, travel and live
the good life.”
The City of Toronto is holding four open houses on the proposed new
rules for short-term rentals in Toronto. Details about the open houses
are also posted on our website.
The input the City receives at these open houses will be used to
finalize the short-term rental rules that will be presented to
Executive Committee in the fourth quarter of 2017.
We welcome you to drop in any time between 3:00 and 8:00 p.m. We will
be making a short presentation on the new rules at both 4:00 and 7:00
Date & Location
Wednesday, September 6
City Hall, Committee Room 2
100 Queen Street West
Monday, September 11
North York Civic Centre, Council Chambers
5100 Yonge Street
Wednesday, September 13
Etobicoke Civic Centre, Main Boardroom
399 the West Mall
Tuesday, September 19
Scarborough Civic Centre, Committee Room 1
150 Borough Drive, Scarborough
If you would like more information about the proposed new rules for short-term rentals, please see the email below or review the Executive Committee decision here.
Senior Policy and Research Officer
Policy and Strategic Support
Municipal Licensing & Standards
City of Toronto
Home sellers struggling with closing complications after big chill hits market
Formerly frenzied buyers in the GTA are reconsidering purchases made in the heat of the market.
Time for a review of the Strata Property Act
Columnist claims that the BC Civil Resolution Tribunal cannot keep up
with condo dispute work loads. The Act needs to be-visited.
Massive heroin raid in Michigan, possible connection to Mexican cartel
In all, agents seized 88 pounds of heroin and over $500,000 in cash, totaling the value at over $4.5 million. “The strategic location and nature of the rental of the condominium is indicative of a sophisticated drug trafficking organization,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea Hutting said.
Bristol man accused of stealing guns likely headed to trial
A city man accused of stealing more than $4,000 worth of guns and jewelry from a local condo is likely headed to trial.
Lesson here? When breaking up with someone, change your condo, mailbox and car locks.
06 August 2017
Ontario: Toronto Star legal Q&A column
Gerry Hyman, condo law columnist, answers questions.
Police considering role of drugs in death of man at downtown Toronto condo building
Not too much a condo board can do as long as the on-site security are
First Aid/CPR qualified, the security cameras work and management is
not aware of any drug dealing in the building they have been ignoring.
Fire at Halifax condo building caused by careless disposal of smoking materials
So we have discarded cigarette butts dropped into a planter starting a
fire and a propane tank exploding. Result? Twenty people now
Dear Abby: condo neighbor wears out her welcome
Neighbor needs more help than this couple is willing to provide.
Don't forget to take your gun with you
A few people who rent condo units in Florida, forget to take their gun with them when they leave. Cleaning staff find them.
03 August 2017
Buyer who walked away from real estate deal ordered to pay $360K
BC: Would-be buyer ordered to pay the difference after house ultimately sells for 28% less
Countdown to roll out of condo law reforms starts
Industry prepares for new fees, rules as Ontario provides update.
A nation of realtors in Canada is bracing for the end of the boom
The looming slowdown threatens to trigger an exodus that could wipe out thousands of jobs and force the economy to shift down.
Toronto has 48,000 realtors. By comparison, with similar population, Chicago has 13,500.
Toronto ranked number 1 city in Canada for bed bugs
Here’s the top 10:
• St. John’s
Edmonton woman receives $11K power bill for condo as if ‘paying for the whole building’
Takes to Twitter to get her bill reviewed.
Balcony fire doused
Operating a BBQ on a condo balcony, especially if it is a wood one, is
not advised but this owner did a great job of controlling a BBQ grease
fire. No property damage and no one hurt.
Millennials are buying homes because of their dogs, not marriage or kids
Well, they could stay in their condos if they owned a cat.
A handle too high: 82-year-old wants a solution to her condo-door problem
Deutsch and her husband, Gene, have spent winters at The Promenade for
nearly 10 years. The 112-unit condominium has been undergoing a $2.6
million remodeling project since July. Part of the project included new
front doors for the units.
The couple paid their share for the remodeling assessment, which
equated to more than $20,000. It was when the doors arrived in February
that 82-year-old Deutsch realized she had a problem.
Big city completes uglification project
That is what happens when city planners run amuck.