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Amending Condominium Bylaws or “Can I turn our gym into a Cat Café?”

One of the tasks that I encourage condominium board of directors to consider from time to time is the review of their Bylaws.  The Bylaws create the rules on how a condominium corporation is to be run but it is often neglected because boards…
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The Costs of Foreclosure (and Maybe Some Savings too?!?)

Foreclosure is a difficult process for individuals that are going through the process.  Often, it is a result of a change in life circumstances, like a failed marriage, a lost job, or a bankrupt business.  Because of the difficult…
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Condo Boards - No Need to Crack Knee Caps for Past Due Accounts.

An issue that I find myself regularly educating condominium boards about is the process of collecting condominium fees from owners in arrears.  These boards often struggle with the 'bad guy' role of collecting delinquent accounts - having…
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Condo Case Law Summary: Special Assessments - They Suck, but Pay Them.

Every once in a while, it’s nice to see a little reminder about those cases that drive you nuts.  For condominiums, my area of frustration is special assessments.  Those terrible situations where owners have to come up with a huge…
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Why Listening To Your Clients Can Get You In Trouble…

One of the most difficult things about being a lawyer (and most other professions, I suppose) is the various ethical challenges that you are presented with over time.   A recent decision in a foreclosure matter highlights one such…
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Condominium Fee Collection

When doing real estate files, I have seen a number of estoppel certificates that show substantial arrears, but are not protected by the lien allowed for under the Condominium Property Act.  There are good reasons for boards to mechanically…