Creating a homeowners association violation letter

If you live in or manage a homeowners association, you know that there are pages of rules to follow. At some point, whether on purpose or by accident, someone will break one of those rules. When this happens, the board of directors must try to help the owner correct the behaviour or action so that […]

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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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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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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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HOA architectural guidelines

Homeowners want to make their houses feel like homes. They want to enjoy their property, and create an inviting space to live and relax. Generally, a homeowner will be allowed to make improvements and modifications to the interior of their home, however, homeowners who belong to an HOA don’t have complete freedom to make exterior […]

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What's a reasonable fee for committing an HOA violation?

Associations may use fines to curb unwanted, destructive, or dangerous behaviour from continuing within the development. Some associations use them often, while others try to avoid issuing fines. There are pros and cons to using and issuing fines, but monetary penalties won’t be all that effective if they do not align with the offence that […]

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How to handle violations within your community

When a homeowner breaks a bylaw or rule, the association needs to address the issue promptly and professionally. Enforcing the rules can be challenging. If you are a board member or property manager, you may have to deliver some bad news (and possibly fine) to one of your residents, and you must do it in […]

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Temporary condo rules for virtual meetings and e-voting

The rules have changed for some American and Canadian condo corporations, at least temporarily, when it comes to e-voting and virtual meetings. Emergency orders have been made to help condos communicate virtually, and maintain some operations that need to be carried out by condo boards.     Ontario On April 24, 2020, the Government of […]

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Passing bylaws while maintaining social distancing

Condo and HOA board members have encountered some very new challenges since the COVID-19 outbreak. Large gatherings have been banned in most states and provinces, and people are being asked to stay home unless they’re going out for a bit of exercise, or to get essential items such as food or medication. While the social […]

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