What a crazy few months it has been. While we haven’t been posting as many blog entries as we’d like, there’s been plenty of action on the Twitter feed. In case you’re not receiving the live feed, here’s a compilation of the best stuff from recent weeks.
Courts / Tribunals
ONCA: Declarant’s failure to set up cost-sharing regime for mixed-use multi-condo complex not oppressive. Buyer beware. http://bit.ly/v5h9Km
ONSC denies prchsrs bid to legalize common element attic. Real estate lawyer liable for not checking condo floor plans. http://bit.ly/urnj0V
HRTO fines condo $5K for tardy answer to disabled owners’ request to store scooter in parking unit; orders bylaw change. http://bit.ly/tb9rbR
ONCA: Proper functioning of complex, rapidly growing condo industry needs clear agrmts setting out rights, obligations. http://bit.ly/tH715q
ONSC nixes developer’s bid to dismiss condo construction deficiency suit. Tarion decision doesn’t bar such lawsuits. http://bit.ly/tUUdIR
ONSC orders unit owner to remove dog accused of peeing on balcony. Condo acted reasonably in demanding dog’s removal. http://bit.ly/t5CMVc
ONLRB: Condo employees to vote on union representation after condo doesn’t respond to certification application – http://bit.ly/sjaZz9
ONSC sets referendum rules for owners at dysfunctional condo to decide whether to continue court administration. http://bit.ly/usxjbk
YorkRegion Article: Condos cash in on cell antennas – http://bit.ly/pQ9etJ
Quiet riot: Condo developers catch on to the electric vehicle | National Post http://bit.ly/oDLurv
Muskoka Wharf puts condo-hotel units on auction block – Yourhome.ca http://bit.ly/w44Ehg
Going once, going twice … Muskoka Wharf suites to be auctioned off – The Globe and Mail http://bit.ly/trNPjQ
Muskoka condo auction starting at $85,000 – Moneyville.ca http://bit.ly/soRNIv
Toronto’s glass condos face short lifespan, experts say – Toronto – CBC News http://bit.ly/spqOXz
Ontario should consider emergency change to building code on balcony glass: Report – http://bit.ly/sBGAAJ
Cdn Condominium Institute says planning, education, industry & govt initiatives needed to address glass tower issue: http://mwne.ws/vyJs2b
What’s the matter with Toronto’s condos? | OpenFile http://bit.ly/vw1U4R
Condo owners [waiting to reap the windfall of a multimilliondollar lawsuit] vote to rebuild http://bit.ly/sxPI9D < Good luck with that.
Calgary company’s online tool helps businesses [and condos] avoid paper invoices and cheques: http://bit.ly/tsy2Q3
Montreal condo-building frenzy ‘not sustainable’ http://bit.ly/rybJX1
Newfoundland proclaims new condominium act – http://bit.ly/sAIMKI
Bank of Canada to condo investors: Possible correction ahead – http://bit.ly/slgtiF
Lawyer pleads guilty in scheme to elect condo directors favoring construction lawsuits – ABA Journal http://bit.ly/rHCSaZ
Developer linked to Playboy model to plead guilty to mail fraud – TheSunNews – http://bit.ly/utOsfu
Chris Brown moves out of condo; Neighbors say: Good riddance! http://bit.ly/vseyOQ
Proof that being nice doesn’t always work: Charges laid after NY condo fails to end 6-yr rampage by alleged pervert. http://lohud.us/titYLN
HUD charges VA condominium association with discrimination over service animals: http://bit.ly/sJiqGf
Misc. Commentary / Articles
Arbitration becoming the tool of choice for construction dispute resolution – Daily Commercial News http://bit.ly/onemkP
Nasty neighbours dispute resolved on the public purse: The lessons learned. http://bit.ly/v9xUBO < Good lesson for condo boards, too.
RT @harry_fine: Toronto Sheriff not breaking 4 holidays 4 evictions this year. They can’t believe volume increase, say its cause tenants know all the tricks.
Condominium repair, maintenance are lucrative markets for construction – Daily Commercial News http://bit.ly/sFF53R
Water leaks deliver flood of problems in condo maintenance – Daily Commercial News: http://bit.ly/sn5Fu8
About condos and the blog entry that never dies – http://bo.st/t20X86 < How can well-meaning, sane people work effectively with a condo bd?
What makes bed bugs so resilient? Blame inbreeding. http://bit.ly/rBhqiL
Does your community ass’n have a social media policy? – College of Community Association Lawyers Blog: http://bit.ly/uI1OPo
2011 CCI-T/ACMO Condo Conference
Condo Conference Features Sessions on Risk Management, Chaos, Environmental Issues http://mwne.ws/swVIEG
Inspiring keynote by Frank O’Dea at #condoconference.
Ottawa Condo Rule Story
Rent to families only, condo tells landlords – http://bit.ly/w0rPIX < Rule unnecessary if declaration requires single family use.
Students feel discriminated by condo executives – Ottawa South Local Community News http://bit.ly/t8bVvs <Welcome to school of hard knocks.
YourOttawaRegion Article: Condo AGM postponed after students submit petition http://bit.ly/uIKA6v < Condos as the sandbox of democracy?
Students lose vote to overturn “discriminatory” condo rule http://bit.ly/sCHLDY
Ottawa condo board prez denies discrimination re single family use rule: http://bit.ly/sMgZVg
GMA in the news
I’m featured in the recent CondoBusiness video report on condos using social media responsibly. http://lnkd.in/t9NnGd
Gerry Miller consulted in Hamilton Spec story on owners’ obligation to pay condo common expenses by PAP. http://fb.me/FAvRMlFJ
Chris Jaglowitz quoted in Sept 19 Law Times on NDP plan for the Condo Act and on growing power of condo voting bloc. http://fb.me/ODXtQ4eG