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A Comprehensive Guide to buying a new home in Ontario

So you’re thinking about buying a new home?

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One attractive option are buying new houses in suburban areas that offer bigger living spaces. Another option are buying new condos and townhouses in urban centers close to amenities, transportation and entertainment. Many buyers find buying new homes appealing because it gives you the ability to choose custom finishing’s. And let’s not forget everything will be brand new!

This guide will provide you a comprehensive overview about what to consider and how to protect yourself if you are planning to buy a newly built house or condo.

It will show you:

a) what protections you have under Ontario law when buying a new home
b) what overlooked details to check out that can save you thousands of dollars down the road
c) how to avoid paying extra condo fees
and much more!

If you have any questions about buying a new home, house or condo, I’m happy to help. Call Sam Marji, your trusted real estate adviser at 647- 220-9588.

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Second-Hand Smoke in Condominiums

Do you smell second hand smoke in your condo? Here's how to protect yourself against it

Do you smell second hand smoke in your condo? Here’s how to protect yourself against it

Ontarians are protected from second-hand smoke at work and in public places, yet many condo owners are regularly exposed to unwanted second-hand smoke migrating into their homes from neighbouring units. The intrusion of a toxic substance is more than an annoyance or inconvenience. It is a serious health hazard, and is especially severe for people with chronic illnesses and conditions. As a result, more and more residents are demanding that their condo corporation take action to address this problem.

Research have found that roughly one-third of people living in multi-unit dwellings experience second-hand smoke infiltrating their homes on a regular basis. Further, people rarely complain to management-not because they are not bothered by it, but because they think there is nothing that can be done. However, condominium corporations have a duty to address complaints of second-hand smoke if there is evidence that the smoke is “unreasonably” disturbing other residents.

Unfortunately, when condo corporations receive complaints about second-hand smoke migrating between neighbouring units, they are often reluctant to take action because the behaviour of smoking is not specifically addressed in the declaration, bylaws or rules. But they would be wrong to assume that they have no authority or responsibility to address these complaints-especially if there are issues concerning maintenance of the common elements.

Further, it is important for condominium corporations to know there could be a liability issue if they refuse to act on legitimate nuisance complaints. Refusing to act when informed of second-hand smoke that is causing a nuisance could lead to unnecessary lawsuits.

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What are Your Rights and Responsibilities under Condo Laws?

Every condo has different by-laws and rules - inform yourself so you know how to act and protect yourself

Every condo has different by-laws and rules – inform yourself so you know how to act and protect yourself

Condominiums and the law. You may be wondering how significant this topic may be to you. Well, let me start by saying that if you live in a condominium or plan to purchase a condominium you must abide by the Condominium Act, the condominium declaration, condominium by-laws and the condominium rules. Sounds like a lot? Well it is. The four documents that I mentioned above tell you what are your rights and responsibilities under condo laws.

It comes as no surprise that Mississauga, particularly the Square One area, is home to a plethora of condominium’s. I myself reside in a condo here in the square one area. I have lived in several other condominium’s in my lifetime and let me tell you, they all operate differently.

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What is a Condominium Corporation?

What is a condo? What is a condo board? I explain these key terms for you

What is a condo? What is a condo board? I explain these key terms for you

Defining Condominiums. What does this have to do with me. Well, if you own a condominium, you own your unit and you have a share in the ownership of the common areas such as hallways, elevators, swimming pool, weight room etc. In order to use these areas you must pay a monthly maintenance fee to the condominium corporation. Your maintenance fee varies from unit to unit and is dependent on the square footage of your individual unit.

Now that you’ve seen the definition of a condominium, I’m going to try and figure out what you thought a condominium was defined as. You probably though of a very tall building with a lot of glass, 24 hour security and ample visitor parking. Pretty simple right? Well, what if I tell you that a Condominium can also be a town house , semi-detached or even detached home? Now you think I’m crazy right? I’m not crazy at all. Condominium’s can come in many different shapes and sizes but at the end of the day its not about the shape or size of the building. A condominium is a type of ownership. Remember that!

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