The developer’s role in creating CC&Rs

Homeowners who move into a planned, covenanted community, generally understand that they will be required to abide by some specific rules, including the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions. Commonly referred to as CC&Rs, these rules largely influence how the community operates.   CC&Rs cover the rights and obligations of HOA members. The document is actually recorded […]

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Resolving Strata Complaints

When talking about strata council members’ roles and responsibilities, there is almost always an emphasis placed on the requirement to enforce the bylaws and rules. Rule enforcement, while not something council members look forward to, is a critical part of maintaining a safe and enjoyable environment for the people who live in the strata. If […]

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HOA Liens

When someone buys a home that belongs to a planned community with covenants, they are generally expected to pay fees and assessments to a homeowners’ association. Though most owners pay these fees without any problems, HOAs can take serious action if an owner refuses to keep up with their financial obligations.   Download our notice […]

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What to do when residents repeatedly break condo rules

Every condo community is required to operate according to its rules and bylaws. Owners, tenants and visitors are all expected to follow them. And while they may feel burdensome at times, rules help promote the safety of owners, and prevent unreasonable interference to the use and enjoyment of the building, common elements, and individual units. […]

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Who can be a condo board member?

In 2017, news broke that a group of Toronto condo board members conspired to divert hundreds of thousands of dollars from a building’s operating budget into their own pockets. The group posed as condo owners, forged ballots and managed to take control of a condo board in 2016. Some of these individuals had allegedly infiltrated as many […]

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HOA transitions

When an HOA is turned over from a declarant, developer or builder, and control is given to members who live in the development, this process is referred to as the transition. HOA transitions are critically important to the future health and stability of developments. The group responsible for taking over will almost certainly require professional assistance from […]

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Parking, Pets, Vehicles and Storage: Expanded Jurisdiction for the CAT

Parking, pets, vehicles and storage. These are four issues that can create stress, frustration, and conflict for any condo community. When they become a problem, finding a resolution is generally not a clear or straightforward path, and some owners get to a point where they feel as though litigation is their only option.In Ontario, the […]

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Bill 16: The changes that every co-owner should know about

In Quebec, most condos can be classified as divided co-ownerships. That means the building has private areas (the owners’ units) and common areas that all of the owners share (party rooms, pools, outdoor spaces, etc.).    The Quebec Government passed Bill 16 in December of 2019, and this new law will impact some of the […]

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Tips for tracking and managing HOA violations

Violation tracking can be a lot of work, especially if you are logging and updating violations manually. It’s one of the more tedious duties of a board member or manager, however, it is also a necessary task.There’s no singular way to track and manage the violations that occur within your community, but some systems are […]

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RVs and HOAs

Recreational vehicles (RVs) are loved by many people who enjoy travelling and exploring. They provide temporary accommodations on long road trips or camping expeditions. Retirees may even use their RV to travel from their winter home to their summer home.However, RVs can be a point of contention in HOA communities. Associations don’t always welcome these […]

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What you need to know about the Strata Property Act

The Strata Property Act, along with a strata’s bylaws and rules, provides the legal framework under which all strata corporations must operate in British Columbia. Even though stratas are self-governed, strata owners and residents must use the legislative framework to inform their actions and rules.   Defining a strata The term “strata” is generally used as a synonym for a […]

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Can a condo resident rent out their parking space?

If you live in a condo, you know that parking spaces can be rare and valuable commodities. Some condos have at least one parking spot per unit, but other developers only build spots for the larger units in the building. This can create problems for owners or renters who have a car but don’t have […]

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How to deal with noisy neighbours in your HOA or condo

Late-night gatherings, music that shakes the walls, lawnmowers powered on as soon as the sun rises. Condos and HOAs can be noisy, and unfortunately, residents will have to tolerate a bit of excessive noise every now and again. It’s part of living in a community. But, if a noise disturbance becomes a regular occurrence, then […]

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