STRATA LIVING

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To destroy ballots or not, that is the question?

Dear Tony: What happens to ballots at a general meeting? We had our AGM in May and the election of council was a very hotly contested issue. The property manager insisted he would count the ballots, which were blank recipe cards, and announced after the count the seven elected council members, which happened to be last year’s council. We know that

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Are owners responsible for mail box maintenance?

Dear Tony: Our strata corporation recently had a break in that affected the mail boxes in our lobby. In addition to the break in, there was significant damage and vandalism to the mail boxes. Council has told owners they are responsible for the repair of each of their mail boxes, but this is not part of our strata lot so how is that possible? We do

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Request to build accessibility ramp denied by strata president

Dear Tony: I live in a townhouse complex in the Okanagan, and each home has three steps leading up to the front door. My husband recently had a mild stroke and requires a walker so access has become a problem for us. We called our strata president and requested permission to remove our stairs and have a ramp installed that would give him safe acces

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A special levy surplus

Dear Tony: If there is a refund of $2000+ to the strata corporation from a special levy, is the strata council permitted to put the amount into the contingency fund or do they have to return it to the owners?

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Do buyers have rights to alteration requests?

Dear Tony: Do buyers have any rights? We live in Saskatchewan and are wanting to purchase a condo in a building that is close to a therapy facility for one of our family members. The building is perfect but we will need to widen the entry door to the unit to accommodate a large wheel chair. We have asked the strata council to give us permission at

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Ignoring repairs is no solution

Dear Tony: Our strata is a smaller six-unit townhouse complex constructed in 2003. All six units are attached in one way or another and everyone has a single car garage. We are starting to have some issues with our decks that are covering over the space of the townhouses, which may be ours or our neighbours.

Downtown Vancouver. (24 HOURS VANCOUVER)

Who sets the agenda?

Dear Tony: Our Richmond strata council is furious with our property manager. Our fiscal year end is Dec. 31 and council had decided to hold our AGM on Feb. 22, giving us time to prepare the financial statements and have our lawyer finish the review of our bylaws. Our plan was to send notice on February 1st, but the property manager issued notice of

Who holds the funds?

Dear Tony: Our strata corporation has been raising significant contingency funds for the past five years since we had our first depreciation report.