Condo, Strata power struggles out of control in U.S. and Canada

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Anyone who follows reports of conflict and dysfunction in association-governed, corporate-managed, common interest communities begins to see recurring behavior patterns. It goes something like this: Most owners and residents in multifamily housing try to get along, but, inevitably, a few people living in such close quarters start to get on each others’ nerves. Petty and not-so-petty neighbor disputes are common. When money becomes a scarce resource for the association, Continue ReadingCondo, Strata power struggles out of control in U.S. and Canada

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

Vancouver investors mimic U.S. condo takeover schemes

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Some of my readers own property in both the U.S. and Canada. A few months ago I wrote an article about worldwide trends toward condo termination and hostile takeovers. Condo (Strata) Termination Trend Goes Worldwide In that article, I explained what happened in Florida after legislative amendments in 2007, and I also wrote about B.C., Canada: In British Columbia, a proposed change to the Strata Property Act would Continue ReadingVancouver investors mimic U.S. condo takeover schemes

British Columbia to Begin Internet Access to Condo (Strata) Dispute Resolution

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Blog Updated October 15, 2015 6:45 PM A reader from Canada (Mark Latham of votermedia.org) informed me of an innovative approach to small claims and condo (strata) dispute resolution that will be launched in British Columbia in 2016. The basic concept is that residents of the Province will be able to schedule and access guided problem assessment, resolution assistance, and professional arbitration of their disputes, all from the comfort Continue ReadingBritish Columbia to Begin Internet Access to Condo (Strata) Dispute Resolution