Guess what, America? Other countries have same condo & HOA problems!

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  By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Some readers of IAC may be unaware that association-governed communities exist in other countries of the world. Most of them are condominium associations, but may be called by different names such as “strata” or “horizontal properties.” Detached homes in association-governed neighborhoods are called “villas” in many parts of the world, and, because there’s usually no ownership of individual parcels of land, their communities are more equivalent to condominium Continue ReadingGuess what, America? Other countries have same condo & HOA problems!

Cooperative board says, according to rules, siblings cannot share bedroom

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Canadian cities such as Vancouver share a common problem with U.S. cities – a severe shortage of affordable housing. The typical young family with children simply cannot afford to buy – or even rent – the rare detached single family home in Vancouver. Densely packed housing such as condominiums – known as strata in British Columbia – and co-op apartments are the norm. City living spaces tend to be Continue ReadingCooperative board says, according to rules, siblings cannot share bedroom

British Columbia’s innovative approach to strata (condo) disputes

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Last year, the Canadian Province of British Columbia established an accessible, affordable judicial option for resolving disputes, known as the Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT). (see previous blog) Now that the CRT has been operational for 9 months, I followed up with my contact in B.C. to find out how the new system is working. According to J. Garth Cambrey, Vice Chair – Strata, Civil Resolution Tribunal: …we opened Continue ReadingBritish Columbia’s innovative approach to strata (condo) disputes

Leaky condos, special assessments a pervasive problem worldwide

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Today’s blog is for my Canadian readers, but also serves as a reminder to U.S. owners of Association Governed condominiums or cooperatives that the very same problems exist worldwide, wherever Common Interest Development is prevalent. The following article, written by a Canadian attorney, illustrates that point quite well. In British Columbia, condo owners have been dealing with water infiltration for 20 years. Over that period of time, excessive moisture Continue ReadingLeaky condos, special assessments a pervasive problem worldwide