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Ambassador for your Condo Building?

If  you would like to make changes in your building, please consider becoming a COA  "Ambassador" of your building.  We have identified that every Condominium needs an Ambassador to work together with the COA.  There is too much going on behind the scenes in the Condo Buildings with Board of Directors and Property Management.  Owners are still being misrepresented and/or ignored.  Condo Annual General Meetings are still a horror movie, but who are the Villains? Sadly, too often it is the Villains winning the Game and the losers are the Condo Owners.

Condo Owners are easily mislead as they try to surf through these takeovers.  Who can they trust? 

One of the key problems are Proxies!   Proxies should not be controlled by Property Manager or the Board of Directors.   The COA has recommended "Electronic Voting"  of Board Members to the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services.  Proxies are the #1 problem in Condominiums because proxies are being forged and manipulated!   The Power lies behind the closed doors of Property Management Office so how can a Condo Owner or even a legitimate Board Member compete?  They can't it is that simple, it cannot be done.   If your building has signs of distress you must realize you have to step out of the building for an opinion unless there is hard core evidence of wrong doing.  Even then take the evidence and step out of the building. 

The only solution to this problem is to have a COA Ambassador in each Condo Building!    Contact COA


 

Associations are Important

Support your Condo Owners Association representing Condo Owners and Buyers. 

There are various Association representation different sectors.  Each and every one are extremely important.  Below is a list of some of the Associations and whom they represent.  

Condo Owners Association (COA)

......represents Condo Owners and Condo Buyers

Ontario Medical Association (OMA)

......represents our Medical Profession

Ontario Teachers Federation (OTF)

......represents our Teachers

Police Association of Ontario (PAO)

......represents our Police Officers  

Condo Owners Guard your AGM Proxy

How Proxies Effect a  Condo Election


Condo Owners please be extremely careful when you turn over your proxy to another person/s, a Condo Manager or Management Company or another 3rd party.   The new licensing standards for Condo Management companies and Condo Managers prevents a Condo Manager in particular from soliciting for proxies either for voting and/or for quorum.   Unfortunately, there is no exclusion at this time to prevent Condo Managers from receiving proxies and/or accepting the position as a proxy holder on behalf of an on-site or off-site Condo Owners who owns within the same Corporation where that Condo Manager represents. 

The New Condominium Act and during the whole review process identified the need for licensing as a result of a thorough research into the industry.   It appears as though more considerations and/or alerts need to be identified and regulated when it comes to Proxy Holders who have a conflict of interest in the voting process if there is a direct involvement with the same Condo Corporation.  

It is imperative for Condo Owners to have fair and honest representation when electing candidates as a Board Members.  Any manipulation relating to proxies and/or conflicts of those holding proxies can influence and control the final results of the elections.  Remember candidates could be elected for up to 3 year terms and it is very difficult to remove Board Members in accordance with the Condo Act.   It is best to ensure that Candidates win on their own merits and legitimate voting process.
 

Do you know or suspect if your condo building has this problem?  

We would like to hear more from Condo Owners on this subject


Please blog your comments on 
http://blog.coaontario.com/
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Smoking Marijuana in Condos

Marijuana in Condos

Only a few months away, mid 2018 and marijuana is legal but how does that effect condominiums and community living.   Can marijuana be banned from smoking in a Condominium Corporation if Federal Legislation allows people to consumer marijuana recreationally. Condo Boards are within their rights to bank smoking in units if they create a rule for Unit Owners to vote against it.  They can quote concerns on the security and safety of the Owners and/or residents in the building and they can also take this initiative towards the Corporation / Building itself.  For many years since new regulation regarding smoking came into place, there was always health concerns on 2nd hand cigarette smoke along and its negative impact on Real Estate values.  Regulation hit the housing sector and also commercial entities and workplace.  Grandfather rulings when creating a smoke-free policy can create a platform for present owners and/or tenants however if this policy is in place when new Owners or Tenants take possession and/or occupancy they would have to abide by the policy. 

Please bare in mind there are two concerns: 

1) Smoking within the unit 
2) Smoking in common elements around the building.  

* Common elements includes lobby, hallways, stairwell, underground, any of the amenities etc. 

It would be recommended for all Landlords to ensure that they include special clauses in their Lease Agreements to cover a smoke-free environment.  In todays real estate world it is common practice pertaining to cigarettes, it now has to be adjusted to include marijuana or maybe just include a clause to cover any form of smoking substance.  The present Tenant Laws have seen significant changes in the last few months with the introduction of a standardized Lease Agreement in effect as of May 1, 2018.  No doubt the Country is going to see significant changes and possibly legal challenges.   It is important for all to understand that medical marijuana use will be permitted anywhere that cigarette smoking is allowed. 

Ontario asked for your public opinion until March 2018 and the Condo Owners Association (COA) is following up now to hear your thoughts as the whole marijuana issues unfolds.    There will be up to 150 stores run by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario for people 19 years and older.  Private lounges are already underway and set-backs are on radar for school zone areas. 

 

Let's hear from Condo Owners

How do you feel about recreational pot consumption in the public spaces of your condo and/or in your own condo unit?

If you are a Condo Owner Investor, what precautions would you consider and do you agree with a ban on smoking marijuana in rental units?


http://blog.coaontario.com/

Air Bnb on That Channel

Yes or No to Air Bnb ? Condo Owners let's hear from you ;

http://www.thatchannel.com

LIVE ON THAT CHANNEL *  Announcement Media Event by D'Anise Marie

Guest:  Linda Pinizzotto, COA Founder and President 
             Condo Owners Association COA Ontario 



#COAontario and #COAtoronto urges #AirBnB to respect June 1 deadline

“We are deeply concerned that AirBnB and transient rentals in general are not regulated or legislated and believe that without any degree of this form of protection, the safety and security within condominiums may be compromised. Condominiums are personal residences and not hotels, the turnover rate involved with transient rentals affects the operations, operational expenses and value of condominium corporations. The added wear and tear on common elements is a deep concern, contribution levels on reserve funds may not be adequate. We stand behind strong, healthy condominium communities and look forward to proper implementation of regulation and legislation on all aspect to protect Condo Owners.”






SUPPORT COA CAMPAIGN  on Air Bnb

As a Condo Owner if you are concerned about ghost hotels, disruptive short-term rentals or the loss of affordable housing stock in your neighbourhood?   Please become a supporter of our campaign.
If you have a story to share, we would sincerely like to hear from you


Air Bnb on That Channel

That Channel is a wonderful forum supporting free speech.  A way to reinvent media since 2004 and featuring Internet Television & Video Productions


FOLLOW US ON TWITTER    @COAontario   @COAtoronto


 

Volunteers Needed


 

Volunteers Needed

Volunteer  Opportunities
Administrative
Communications and Marketing
Graphics and Design
Human Resources
IT - Information Technology
Marketing and Advertising
Politics and Government Relations
Project Management


 

How to register to Volunteer?

 
  • Email completed signed form :   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • COA will contact you within 72 hours once they have reviewed your application. 
  • Note: Some rules apply relating to volunteers qualifications and acceptance.
  • Thank you for volunteering to help COA. 

 



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Volunteer as an Intern with COA 

Excellent opportunity for our Youth and Young Adults to connect with each other and learn about Home Ownership.  The Condo Market is exciting and interesting.

Our founder, Linda Pinizzotto created the Association with a vision for an Internship program to give our young adults and students a hands-on approach to gain life experiences towards an invaluable and rewarding future of understanding value and home ownership.

Why apply to the COA Internship Program

  1. Jump start your future career as a Young Adult in you City
  2. Network and connect with valuable professional business contacts
  3. Receive coaching, leadership and mentorship from experts
  4. Helps to develop your Career in various  areas of business
  5. Interact with our 3 Levels of Government
  6. This is a volunteer Internship Program

How to Volunteer

  1. Complete:  Student Volunteer Form  
  2. Print and Sign Volunteer Form
  3. Email signed completed form to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Internship Opportunities
Administrative
Communications and Marketing
Graphics and Design
Human Resources
IT - Information Technology
Marketing and Advertising
Politics and Government Relations
Project Management

   

 

 

Discounts and Savings

  1. COA offers special savings and benefits

See these links for our Guide

  1. Condo Owners Guide 
  2. Condo Services Guide
  3. Email COA  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

New Discount on Vitamix Products


The COA is pleased to announce a "New 15% Savings plus free delivery for Condo Owners"
  1. Simply Email the COA This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  2. COA will provide the discount Code to you with our Compliments
 

Condo Owners Association COA partners with Skyrise Living

 

10% - 25%

Discounts

TRI-CAN - JCO & Associates - LAR and Owners

Charged
with conspiracy to commit fraud

 

The Competition Bureau announced that they have laid multiple criminal charges against four companies and three individuals.  The charges related to an alleged conspiracy to commit fraud and rig bids for condominium refurbishment services in the GTA Greater Toronto Area issued by private condominium corporations between 2009 a nd 2014.


Click for:  Full News Release Article     
 

"The companies and individuals are charged under the Criminal Code with conspiracy to rig bids, conspiracy to commit fraud, and fraud over $5,000"

1.  TRI-CAN Contract Incorporated and Owner Bob Vlahopoulos
2.  JCO & Associates (912547 Ontario Inc) and Owner Jose De Oliveira
3.  LAR Condominium Refurbishment Specialist 
4.  CPL Interiors Ltd. is also charged under conspiracy provision of Competition Act


 

Interesting Quick Facts

 

 
Bid Rigging Video https://youtu.be/Wu6PTbPYKfY

 


 

Should the Province Protect Condo Buyers
on new Condo Projects?

The COA would like to hear from you  
Click to Blog  or  Tweet    COAontario   COAtoronto


Condo Buyers lose hopes and dreams when doors close!   Buyers are putting their life on hold buying New Construction, what risks are they facing the minute they sign on the dotted line.

COA recommended more disclosures on New Construction during the Condo Act Review.  Some of our recommendations were accepted but  many were not.  When can Buyers feel they have protection from signing to completion.  Buyers check out construction sites with excitement on a daily basis.  Then all of a sudden, they have sleepless nights because something has gone wrong.   Why hasn't ground broken yet, are the workers on strike, why doesn't anything look different from last week, last month?  The question, concerns and distress grows daily as the unknown is yet to be announced.

  1. Junction Triangle Condo - Hundreds of Toronto Condo Buyers Lose Homes after development fails by John Lancaster * CBC News
  2. Go Mimico Development - More than 200 Condo Buyers by John Lancaster * CBC News
  3. Cosmos Condominiums - Developer cancels project in Vaughan - Sean O'Shea - Consumer Reporter Global News

Buyer's Beware

Does the reputation of the builder help, seems to be a key question but there is no answer until that unexpected letter comes in the mail and the inevitable future of your home slowly seeps down the drain.  There is no solution on time periods either, reports of construction site closures can be at anytime and will have a variety of effects depending on the market conditions not only at the time of announcement but also the effects of the Real Estate market from the time of signing onwards.   The Toronto Real Estate Market has increased 20%  in the past year plus and there is ongoing market updates on continued shortage of inventory in the condo sector and increasing values. 

  1. Toronto Real Estate's Harsh New Reality by Daniel Tencer * Huff Post  
  2. Buying a Pre-Construction Condo Risk and Reward by Lydia McNutt * The Blog 8 Huffpost
  3. Consumer Protection Act 


Is it a case of a Builder not receiving their  "Building Permit"?  Are there zoning bylaws or other restrictions impacting the building permit process.   Is this a municipal issue or possibly provincial concern where the other Ministry's should get involved.   We have heard numerous reports of the same issue.