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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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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10 common HOA violations

There are over 350,000 homeowner associations in the United States! That equates to roughly 40 million households, or more than 50% of owner-occupied households in America. HOAs are legal entities, and they offer members the protection, maintenance and preservation of their homes and property. However, these members also have a duty to follow the association’s […]

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Homeowners association rules and regulations

Homeowners associations are created to uphold and enrich property values. An HOA is usually established by the property developer, and lead by a Board of Directors. When someone purchases property within the HOA, they automatically become a member of the association. All members are expected to follow the Rules and Regulations created by their HOA, […]

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10 things buyers look for when buying a condo

Nothing beats the feeling of getting the keys to your first property. It’s a major milestone that signifies growth and maturity. But, there are a few important considerations that you need to make before you can reach this point, particularly if you’re buying a condo. Here are some helpful tips on the most important things […]

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HOA vs Homeowner Repairs; who is responsible for what?

The regular maintenance of a condo building or complex is imperative to preserving the value of any planned community. But, sometimes it can be confusing to figure out who handles certain repairs. That’s why it’s important to educate yourself about your maintenance responsibilities as a unit owner before you even buy a property. That way, […]

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Common Condo & Homeowners Association Pet Rules

Are you a pet owner? Thinking of buying a property that falls under a homeowner Or Condo association? Then you’ll want to read this article. In it, we discuss some of the most common HOA and condo association pet rules and how they can affect you. Some of them are sensible and practical, while others […]

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Challenging condo rules and regulations

There comes a point in every condo owner’s life when you realize there are certain rules and regulations you don’t agree with.  But, they’re usually so minuscule that you’re okay living with them, anyway. Sometimes these rules can feel so restrictive that you can no longer abide by them. This often happens with rules that […]

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Filing a landlord complaint? landlord tenant laws you should know

Dealing with your landlord doesn’t have to be a headache. After all, this is someone that will be a vital part of your life for the foreseeable future.  Unfortunately, things aren’t always rosy between tenants and landlords.  There are many cases of tenants who’ve experienced mistreatment from their landlords and don’t know where to turn.  The […]

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Common homeowners association (HOA) rules and bylaws

Living in a planned condo development or estate comes with a lot of perks. You don’t have to worry about most maintenance tasks; you get access to exclusive amenities and the HOA takes care of your asset. But, all of this comes at a price. As a resident or homeowner, there are certain rules and […]

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What are HOA fees and what do they cover?

When most people think about buying a home in a condominium or single-home community, they only consider the capital cost of buying the property. Things like HOA fees come as a surprise to them because they were not properly informed about how they work or what they are used for. To help you understand HOA […]

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Filling a complaint against your property manager

At some point, the daily grind of being a landlord can take its toll on you. From handling tenant complaints to placement, collections, security… the list is endless. The workload is even worse for those managing multiple units. That’s why most landlord opt to hire a property manager. It’s convenient, time-saving and effective.  But, hiring […]

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