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The Condo Update for Marijuana Laws — Part 1 of “The Cannabis Act and your condo: how to manage the changes and protect your community.”

The Condo Update for Marijuana Laws — Part 1 of “The Cannabis Act and your condo: how to manage the changes and protect your community.”

Judging by mail and emails to Condo.ca, many owners and condo managers are very concerned about the new “Marijuana Laws.” Every week there’s a new question to “Ask the Lawyer” columnist Richard P. Hoffman. [See his previous answer here>>] There is a lot of mis-information on this topic. Some of the issues are similar to… Continue Reading

Four commercial growth areas for transit growth identified in report: with GTA population set to increase by 42.3% by 2041, Ontario’s $81 Billion investment in transit and roads critical

Four commercial growth areas for transit growth identified in report: with GTA population set to increase by 42.3% by 2041, Ontario’s $81 Billion investment in transit and roads critical

A new report identified four commercial growth areas for transportation infrastructure spending. Depending on where you place the “cut off”, Ontario plans to invest (or is in the progress of investing) $190 Billion in infrastructure over 13 years or $160 billion over 12 years. Important for residents of Ontario, approximately 51 per cent of these… Continue Reading

$40 billion 10-year national housing strategy aimed at cutting homelessness by 50 percent; build 100,000 affordable housing units

$40 billion 10-year national housing strategy aimed at cutting homelessness by 50 percent; build 100,000 affordable housing units

The federal government outlined an ambitious new plan to help build 100,000 new affordable housing units and repair 300,000 existing units. The goals are lofty: a cut to chronic homelessness by 50 percent, and to directly provide assistance to 300,000 households through the $4 billion “Canada Housing Benefit.” In his announcement, Prime Minister Trudeau pointed… Continue Reading

Is Airbnb’s new “partnership” for condos a benefit to condo owners or a move to make condos more hotel-like?

Is Airbnb’s new “partnership” for condos a benefit to condo owners or a move to make condos more hotel-like?

Neptune Condominiums in Toronto has recently made waves as the first in Canada to sign with Airbnb, officially allowing residents to oppenly offer their condos up to vacationers looking for short-term rental properties. While most condominiums are moving to prohibit short-term leasilng through their bylaws and rules, Neptune embraced the condo-airbnb concept.     Whether… Continue Reading

The numbers game: with the 340,000 immigrants each year promised by the Federal Government, housing prices and rent will rise

The numbers game: with the 340,000 immigrants each year promised by the Federal Government, housing prices and rent will rise

Demographics is an irresistable force that shapes government planning at all three levels: housing, transit, infrastructure in particular. With the announcement of 340,000 immigrants per year to Canada — the largest increase in immigration since World War I — the economy and housing industry will certainly boom — although, with the likelihood of housing prices… Continue Reading

Google’s Sidewalk Labs teams up with Waterfront Toronto to create urban community “lab” of the future at Portlands

Google’s Sidewalk Labs teams up with Waterfront Toronto to create urban community “lab” of the future at Portlands

Toronto’s worldwide reputation as a technology hub was bolstered by an announcement from Google’s Sidewalk Labs, who will partner with Waterfront Toronto (and all levels of government). The goal is to transform the last remaining undeveloped waterfront land in Toronto, at Quayside into the urban smart city of the future — a technology-optimized, environmentally-friendly mixed-use… Continue Reading

Condominium Act or Residential Tenancies Act: which takes precedence in a tenant issue? Can a condo landlord deny permission to sub-lease or have pets?

Condominium Act or Residential Tenancies Act: which takes precedence in a tenant issue? Can a condo landlord deny permission to sub-lease or have pets?

Today, there seems to be little incentive for condo owners to “lease” out or rent their condos. In doing so, the condo owner (as a Landlord) places him/herself between the Tenant (who has rights under the Residential Tenancies Act) and the Condominium Corporation (governed by the Condominium Act.) This difficult relationship was highlighted recently by… Continue Reading

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