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"Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed.
Everything else is public relations."
29 November 2017
Regulator will not actively seek complaints
Condo managers and condo management companies will likely be relieved
to learn that the Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of
Ontario (CMRAO) will not be fishing for concerns about licensees.
“We’re trying to be problem-solvers and take what amounts to a
compliance attitude as it stands from a crime and punishment attitude,”
he said. “Suspending, revoking or refusing to renew a license are
actions that the registrar can make, but actions of last resort.”
Before reaching for these enforcement tools, the CMRAO will look to
some of the other enforcement tools it has available, said LeBlanc,
such as requiring a licensee to take educational courses.
Well, I can see why the managers
will be pleased by this but I am not sure how well this will go over
with the condo owners who are getting jerked around.
William Shatner seeks charitable donation to settle condo dispute
William Shatner says he would like an Ontario condo developer (Brad
Lamb) to make a donation to his charity to settle a dispute over the
use of his name and image to promote an upcoming condo in Hamilton.
Fremont condo that didn’t allow kids to play outside must rescind rule, pay tenants $800,000
Families in Fremont have scored a huge legal victory
after they sued their condo complex because it wouldn’t let their kids
play outside. For years, kids were not allowed to play outside in the gated complex
located on Sequim Common, home to dozens of families.
Malaysia police raid condo unit on suspicion it was used as nerve agent lab, court told
The Malaysian residence of North Korean citizen Ri Jong
Chol was raided after police suspected the premises were used as a
clandestine lab to produce nerve agent VX - the poison that killed Kim
25 November 2017
William Shatner takes aim at Brad Lamb, Hamilton condo developer
Flashy Toronto condo developer Brad Lamb can now count a starship
captain among his enemies. William Shatner, famous for his role as
Captain Kirk on the original Star Trek series, took Lamb to task on
Twitter overnight for using the names and likenesses of some of
Hollywood's biggest stars as part of promotional materials for Lamb's
"Television City" condo development in Hamilton.
Woman dragged down parking ramp in assault captured on security camera
Toronto police are asking for the public's help to identify a suspect
after a woman was attacked in a downtown parking garage, near Bay &
College, last week.
All four elevators not working
On Toronto's Marine Parade Drive, all four elevators are down once again in a newly built 49 storey condo.
Owners caught in legal crossfire at north London condo complex
A construction company puts a lien on all the condo's units so the
owners are trapped. Can't afford the new costs and not able to sell.
Kids can't play outside, California condo must pay $800,000
More information on this lawsuit.
Windsor cheapest in Canada to buy a home, says Century 21
Report says average price of residential dwelling in Windsor is $94.64 per square foot.
Another poor door condo/social housing project
Vancouver highrise to segregate entrances for condo owners and social housing residents.
22 November 2017
SR CondoLaw's Guide
A copy of @SRCondoLaw's Guide to Phase One of the Condominium Act
Amendments is available on their website. It automatically downloads as
a 20 page pdf file.
Versailles Sur La Mer condo complex condemned by Brevard County
As at this Florida condo, unfortunately, neglect may become a common reason for future condo terminations.
12 ways condo directors get sued
An American law firm gives 13 reasons why condo directors get sued.
Kids can't play outside, California condo must pay $800,000
What's more, the courts ruled that two directors must resign.
16 November 2017
Now a condo director
Last Monday I ran for a position on my condo's board. I won. Now I am a
minority director with four entrenched directors who been on the board
for twenty years or more. Well, now the fox is in the chicken coop.
Will the feathers start flying?
In the last two years, our condo has had 8.5-9% annual increases in our
monthly maintenance fees, our property management fees appear to be
more than double the industry average and they use a professional
minute taker for their monthly 60-90 minute board meetings. We also had
an $8,000 deficit in last year's operating expenses.
On top of this, for the last six weeks, management has been ignoring an accommodation request for handicap parking.
I think a change is required and quickly.
Toronto 'cool guy' wanted by multiple landlords for double-ended rental scam
A Toronto man is being accused of running a double-ended rental scam in
a trendy downtown neighbourhood, where he allegedly ripped off multiple
landlords and prospective roommates for tens of thousands of dollars in
unpaid rent and cash deposits.
Half of TTC employees who failed random drug test in first 6 months tested positive for pot
Builders abuzz about cannabis legalization
Drug testing on the radar as employers revisit workplace health and
safety duties. “There will be more people using marijuana, people do
have a feeling that it is not a big deal, [that] it doesn’t cause any
problems, and we will see a spike in accidents and morbidity and
mortality due to impairment,” she predicted, “which I fear may impact
safety-sensitive jobs and work-related accidents that may occur.”
Marijuana use is already a problem among condo security guards,
valets and contractors. Legalization may make this largely hidden
problem far worse.
13 November 2017
Court attempt to stop Short-Term Rentals failed
Tighter building codes are Ottawa's next climate target — and it could cost homeowners up to $35,000
Increases in rats, bedbugs and mosquitoes are unintended consequence of urbanization: U of T expert
Oak tree with $554K price tag hoisted to top of condo building
The condo owners had no choice but to replace it, and they were required to pay about $35,000 per unit.
06 November 2017
Toronto’s new condo guidelines are designed to create kid-friendly communities
High-density living worse for environment than suburban sprawl, new study shows
Living in a high-rise tower in the city is much less environmentally
sustainable than moving to a house in the suburbs and adding to the
urban sprawl, a shock new study has found.
Woman’s power shut down by condo after charging hybrid electric car
Grammar lesson: "Condominia" is the proper plural form of “condominium”.
As the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals observed:
"To the purist who winces when Latin is misused, the plural of condominium is condominia."
04 November 2017
New procedures for requesting condo records
Since Tuesday, Ontario has a new process for owners to request condo records.
A long list of condo corruption cases in my Appendix section of this website.
Reno man drives car into condo lobby
Well, that is one way to get into the building at 4:00 am.