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Condo News
16 July 2018


Man, 29, critically injured in robbery attempt in Humber Bay parking garage
Toronto police say they are looking for three suspects after a man was seriously injured in an attempted robbery in Humber Bay.
Officers were called to a parking garage near Park Lawn Road and Lake Shores Boulevard just before 4 p.m. on Saturday. (This area has a large number of condos high-rises.)
The victim, a 29-year-old man who had been severely assaulted, was located a short time later.
Paramedics say they rushed the man to a trauma centre with life-threatening injuries.
https://bit.ly/2KUv4S0

'$6 Million man' Mayo Schmidt retires as Hydro One CEO, effective immediately
In related news, Doug Ford promises a 12% cut in hydro rates. That should help condo budgets; at least in the short run.
https://bit.ly/2KRUZKg

Eradicating bed bugs in condos involves cooperative effort
With bed bugs becoming an increasingly common problem for condominium corporations, Toronto condominium lawyer Warren Kleiner says corporations need to have a tactful approach in dealing with the problem.
https://bit.ly/2un66zC

Six months before move-in date, condo developer backs away from Edmonton tower project
Yet another pre-built condo development that turned into a big disappointment.
Real estate lawyer Robert Noce said it's not entirely unusual for condominium projects to be cancelled before completion, due to slow sales.
https://bit.ly/2N9m2gz

Victoria considers minimum-size restriction for downtown housing units
Victoria councillors have asked staff to consider setting a minimum unit size for downtown apartments and condos.
When the first of the micro-loft condo units were approved, the thinking was that for people living in them, downtown coffee shops, restaurants and open spaces would be their living area.
(Are they kidding? In Toronto the all-night coffees shops, fast food joints and open spaces are the living area for the homeless.)
“Then we started to find out that people were using them for short term vacation rentals (Airbnb) and when I asked [why], they would say they’re not livable for long term because they’re so small,” said Coun. Charlayne Thornton Joe at a recent meeting of councillors. “So that is to me creating a concern.”
https://bit.ly/2KZRErz

Hourly Rentals
The New York Times reported on an emerging money-making venture among some co-op and condo residents: renting out their spaces for an hour or two at a time to various users, often finding customers through third-party apps and websites such as Splacer, Peerspace or Thisopenspace.
But while inhabitants of cushy apartments may see all of this as a quick and easy way to monetize their apartment space, others fear that hourly rentals are little more than a means of subverting existing regulations, while opening up a condo or co-op community to an array of liability headaches.
It all comes back to the question of security, something for which residents of co-ops and condos frequently pay a premium.
https://bit.ly/2ur5FVg

Planned affordable housing tower blindsides downtown St. Petersburg Florida condo neighbors
Boley (a non-profit social agency) can’t control the people who live in their small facility now, he said. "Now they’re going to add a bunch of unwanted people, drug users, people in and out of jail," he said. "I am concerned about the property values being diminished, as well as the safety."
https://bit.ly/2uvxb3V

Florida man arrested after trying to burn down condo to 'kill all the f------ Jews'
A 72-year-old Florida man was arrested Friday after he vowed to burn down his condo to kill “all the f---ing Jews.”
Walter Stolper was in the midst of being evicted from his Miami Beach condo this week when a resident complained about smelling gas in the building.
https://bit.ly/2mfB8Wv



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Condo News
10 July 2018


Ontario CAT decisions now on Canlii
The first five decisions by the Condominium Authority Tribunal have been published on Canlii.
It is gratifying to see that the adjudicators have caught on to some of the games the condo boards and managers use to prevent owners from seeing the corporation records.
https://bit.ly/2lWPBGN
My take on three of these decisions can be found here:
http://www.condomadness.info/CAT.html

Condo fire in North York sends 1 person to hospital
Toronto fire crews battled a condo fire in North York early Sunday morning that sent one person to hospital.
https://bit.ly/2KGzGvc

Yonge St. corridor can’t handle more development
Toronto's condo developers paid the city hundreds of millions in development fees. Then the city collected hundreds of millions more in land transfer fees. Where did all that money go? Why was it not used to rebuild water and sewage lines, build schools and widen sidewalks?
Now Councillor Josh Matlow and others say developers shouldn't build any more condos in this area because the city infrastructure can't handle additional growth?
https://bit.ly/2KTkUjY
https://bit.ly/29AyN2p


The economics is all based on increasing real estate prices. As long as condo units don't drop in price, there is money to be made when selling. At least that is the theory.

Yonge-Eglinton renters to get $2 million settlement because of condo construction
Of the 324 units in both buildings, Mattucci said approximately 60 per cent will qualify for rent abatement — a temporary suspension of a percentage of their rent — that will range from a $50 to $600 decrease each month, depending on the impact the construction has on the unit. Alternatively, qualifying tenants could opt for a kitchen or bathroom renovation (or both in some cases) or they can terminate their lease early, within the first two to three months of construction, if they deem the disturbance too great. In that case, they’ll receive a moving allowance.
When construction ends, a small membership fee — equivalent to the condo maintenance fee toward use of the gym and pool — will allow tenants access to the amenities in each new condo.
https://bit.ly/2MUMFpC

The risky business of marijuana butane honey oil operations
With the upcoming legalization of marijuana in Canada, the likelihood of an increase in BHO laboratories and subsequent explosion incidents in Ontario can be expected, as has occurred in many areas of the United States. This puts members of the public and first responders all at an inherent risk of an explosion and/or fire incident.
https://bit.ly/2KWIFEv

No bike riding, no chalk drawings: Vancouver Island strata bans outside play on quiet road
I thought not allowing kids to be kids was just an American problem.
https://bit.ly/2KTqcZy

Terminating condo corporations
Another group of apartment owners have banded together to sell their units at huge profits to a developer. This works when:
• There are few units on a parcel of land that is zoned for higher densities.
• The condo corporation is in a very desirable location.
• Usually it is an older condo that requires millions in repairs.
https://bit.ly/2lJahTS

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Condo News
03 July 2018


How a fight between condo board and homeowner over a flower box ballooned to a $109,000 court bill
Manorama Sennek owns one of the homes in Carleton Condominium Corporation # 116. Her court battle with the board was over three issues: the size of her parking space, the pruning of a Tamarac pine tree’s branches that hung over her unit, and a flower box on the outside of her home.
https://bit.ly/2yzWVBt

Recreational cannabis use to become legal this fall
What can condo boards and property managers in Ontario do to prepare?
https://bit.ly/2N7TwwW

New Minister of Government & Consumer Services
Doug Ford has appointed the Hon. Todd Smith as Minister of government and consumer services, and government house leader. He represents the riding of Bay of Quinte.
He replaces Tracy MacCharles as Minister of Government and Consumer Services and Yasir Naqvi who held Special Parliamentary Responsibilities.
I don't think that the NDP has formed their shadow cabinet as yet.

Ottawa condo owners warn seniors to be wary who they let in
Ottawa Police are warning about a woman posing as a health care worker, breaking in to seniors' residences around town.
An Ottawa couple found a stranger in scrubs in the unit of their west-end condo building in March; imagine their surprise when she showed up again this past Saturday.
Barbara says another tenant woke from a nap to find a strange woman wearing scrubs in her bathroom.
https://bit.ly/2z0EkPb

Toronto wants mid-rise housing, but can we afford it?
Toronto places so many restrictions on mid-size condos that it is far more profitable for developers to build tall high-rises developments or focus on expensive mid-sized developments.
https://tgam.ca/2MyNrs9

Approval extended for James Street South condo project
Hamilton has granted the new buyers of a downtown highrise development a one-year extension to the conditional site plan approval.
So finally, maybe, this condo will get built.
https://bit.ly/2IwVwLv


An owner at this condo wrote on Twitter:
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Reliable sign of a condo in decline. Official notice placed in elevators: "Desperately need Proxy Forms" Free food and drinks provided!

Few plan to attend the AGM. Massive owner apathy is apparent after compounded fee increases of 38% over 3 years. #condofraud
The notice worked as the condo did manage to meet quorum.

Condo board moves meetings to school over concerns about armed resident
That is one problem that Canadian condos doen't have to worry about.

Newspaper comment
I am a resident at Tower Villas, here to provide a little more information to those of you speculating as to why we feel unsafe with this particular resident bringing a gun to our board meetings. It's not just him carrying a gun that is the problem. The problem is that he is openly carrying a gun *and* becoming visibly frustrated and aggressive with board members, calling them names and accusing them of unfounded misconduct. At the last meeting, during one of his episodes and while openly carrying a weapon, he became so flustered that he had an issue breathing and needed medical attention from a nurse who happened to be in attendance. This aggressive behavior is a pattern for him, and the board members (all volunteering their time for the good of their community), fear for their safety. I’m worried the board members might just up and quit, and I sure wouldn't blame them for it.
https://bit.ly/2IuFQs5

President of homeowners association in Cypress accused of misusing funds
Cypress, Texas—A warrant is now out for the arrest of the Mark's Glen Inc Maintenance Association's President Kate Warth for Misapplication of Fiduciary Property.
Someone with knowledge of the case told KPRC that the HOA debit card that only Warth had access to, was used more than 700 times for personal use and expenditures amounting to nearly $100,000.
https://bit.ly/2LWgKp0

Man’s candlelit proposal to his girlfriend turns hotel room into blazing inferno
Be very careful with candles. The man now owes the hotel the equivalent of $38,000 US in damages
https://bit.ly/2tASD7I


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