Eye In The Sky – PIPA As Applied to Responsible Video Surveillance

By Excel Sheppard Insurance Service and Risk Management When searching for a new home, prospective condo owners are attracted to communities with active security programs. In order to deter crime and provide homeowners with a sense of safety, many condominium corporations utilize surveillance cameras as part of this security strategy. On the surface, installing security…

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Flower Pots & Fire Risk

by Trinity Player Potted flowers and plants can add a welcome touch of green to a condominium’s grounds, foyer, and common spaces such as social rooms and fitness centres. But did you know that they can also pose a serious danger? Over the last few years, fire departments throughout North America have reported a higher…

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Pitfalls of Deferred Maintenance

by Justin Tudor Condominium owners and directors are typically more aware of the maintenance costs and requirements of their buildings than their freehold-living counterparts. This is by virtue of legislation requiring that common element maintenance and replacement plans be considered through regular reserve fund studies. However, like the freehold owner who elects to put off…

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The How and Why of Levying Fines

By Todd A. Shipley In order to levy a fine or monetary sanction, a board must carefully consider the “how” and “why.” The Condominium Property Act (RSA 2000, c. C-22) (the “Act”) and most modern condominium by-laws allow boards to issue fines or monetary sanctions for noncompliance. However, the case-law provides both cautionary tales and…

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Private Agency Parking Enforcement Program

By Erna Malcolm The City of Edmonton wants to raise awareness about the Private Agency Parking Enforcement program, which gives private condominiums, management companies, shopping malls, hospitals, and post-secondary institutions the authority to issue City of Edmonton tickets on their property. What is the Private Agency Parking Enforcement program? The Private Agency Parking Enforcement program is…

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Renting Out Your Condo

by Judy Downey A condo owner renting a condominium unit to residential tenants must be aware of the rights and obligations as a landlord pursuant to both the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) and the Condominium Property Act (CPA). The Alberta Residential Tenancies Act and Regulation outlines the rights and obligations of landlords and tenants, and…

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Considering Chargebacks

By Natasha Sutherland – Willis Law A 2017 Alberta court decision has clarified condominium chargebacks Condominium fee and assessment collection is a highly technical and complex issue. There are a number of terms which are used and defined by the courts, with different meanings to slightly different nuances within the same issue. It can be confusing to…

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When Your Condo is Damaged – The Benefits of a Control Adjuster

The condominium insurance industry certainly has faced its challenges in recent years. Multiunit residential and commercial structures, by their nature, are susceptible to many risks that can result in significant damages. When an insurable loss happens it often leads to many challenges with communication, continuity of claims handling and cost control. You may not be…

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