Our first microblog post of the year is jam-packed with good stuff, including plenty of pieces on the frenzy that is the Toronto condo market. While we can’t yet tell if 2012 will signal the end of the upward swing, it will definitely be one hell of a ride.
COURT AND TRIBUNAL DECISIONS
ONSC: No discrimination in condo refusing owner’s request to alter parking space to accommodate undocumented disability. http://bit.ly/sVLjyW
ONSC gives useful guidance on materials needed to approve reports & accounts of condo administrators and their lawyers. http://bit.ly/sFTQnY
ONSC: Unit owner improperly altered common elements, must sign s.98 agreement; condo’s chargeback claim statute-barred. http://bit.ly/vAbfeR
ONSC amends condo declaration to correct as an "error" a sneaky move by the developer to escape zoning restrictions. http://bit.ly/w0Auz6
HRTO denies unit owner’s bid to adjourn hearing, allow more time to resolve his complaint vs. condo. http://bit.ly/zlpx0x
HRTO: Hearing to continue despite unit owner’s procedural wrangling after sensing that his case is doomed. http://bit.ly/wSnOVa
HRTO: Disabled unit owner’s complaint vs condo dismissed for duplicating a poorly-drafted court claim. http://bit.ly/zRsXbi
ONSC waives med/arb reqmt, rejects selective enforcement argument, orders removal of dogs from condo unit. http://bit.ly/yPyfPO
ONSC: Condo’s construction deficiency lawsuit (commenced 3 yrs after performance audit issued) is statute-barred. http://bit.ly/yaBa4p
BCSC orders sale of strata unit after years of antisocial behaviour by owner’s son. 1st time in BC. http://bit.ly/vZP5ry
ONSC upholds condo turnover election. Declarant was tardy and failed to deliver turnover docs. http://bit.ly/AExTGf
COMMENTARY / ARTICLES
Condo boards spark flames by extinguishing smoking in their communities http://bit.ly/uAAgXt (via Condominium Insurance Law blog)
Handling the jerk next door | MoneySense http://bit.ly/vuz7Zi < Good tips on solving neighbour problems fast.
New at CondoLawGuru: What Happens When Too Many Complain and No One Wants to Serve on the Board? http://bit.ly/s8RwWS
Link to the OBOA’s pamphlet on changes to the Ontario Building Code that are effective Jan. 1, 2012: http://bit.ly/y3uWvK
Condos have various energy saving management tools – Daily Commercial News: http://bit.ly/xhlTrR
Toronto auction of Muskoka condos causes more bitterness than buzz – http://bit.ly/vIbAWD
Angry Trump condo buyer wants out – http://bit.ly/uVb3Qq < Developer: "The world is not black and white" [except for our contract!].
Gadhafi son owns Toronto condo, National Post reports – http://bit.ly/soUpjE < Wonder whether being on the lam is against the condo rules.
Most Ontarians want smoking banned in apartments and condos: Survey – Barrie Examiner – http://bit.ly/tAF6fO
Distressed man who lost condo then posted pics of councillor w/ word “murder” meant no harm, court rules – http://bit.ly/x2Vqzn
In 2010, I blogged abt the lawsuit that sealed the fate of that "distressed man" man who lost his condo. Sad case. http://bit.ly/yIfV9G
Most of $7.5B increase in Toronto’s property tax base in 2011 came from new condos. Condo boom helps city’s finances: http://bit.ly/uWVwhU
The Star: 2011 is Toronto’s year of the highrise – http://bit.ly/skyd0B
Edmonton condo owners left hanging in reno dispute – CBC News http://bit.ly/rUiJTH < Looks like a failure to communicate!
New strata property regulations introduced in B.C. – http://bit.ly/tjwjwv
US / INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Palos, IL Condo Board Race Gets Oily, say Police – http://bit.ly/vnynIe
Foreclosed Michigan condominium a health hazard and danger to others – http://bit.ly/ungExR
Epic Businessweek exposé on weird condo fraud: Las Vegas real estate scam goes bust – http://on.today.com/tLpCxV
Former property manager admits embezzling more than $400K from NJ condo association | The Republic http://bit.ly/rrxbga
FL: As community squabbles, Hanukkah begins http://bit.ly/tXsRcG
NC: Hoarding may have trapped man in deadly condo fire http://bit.ly/uhsB28
RT @canetwork Interesting look at former condo attorney, now politician, in Illinois (author’s obviously not a fan)
Illinois circuit court judge candidate haunted by his gig as a condo lawyer; not remembered fondly by unit owners – http://bit.ly/zWTAIU
MAD TALK Gun etiquette: "Many condo association board members are interested in prohibiting concealed handguns… http://bit.ly/tX95eL
Disbarred FL attorney says his law firm had condo for sex with prostitutes » http://bit.ly/xb5x8w < Their idea of a work-life balance fix?
Crooked FL lawyer provided condo, free sex for clients – http://bit.ly/vZPMMa < Well, the pundits tell professionals to offer value-adds!
Condo may be liable for mishandling service dog – http://bit.ly/xQUKgJ (via Courthouse News Service)
Chicago turns vacant condo buildings into affordable rentals – http://trib.in/AhichJ < 150 condos already being converted.
‘John Condo’ charged with defrauding developers – South Florida Business Journal – http://bit.ly/AtGeeQ < Ha! Was his middle initial "Q."??
Philippine Chief Justice denies owning 45 condo units – http://bit.ly/zHm7am