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Sandycove Newsletter is available on this web site on the 25th of each month.   The Monthly Newsletters  are also throughout the park located in the general area of the Canada Post mail boxes or the Bus shelters and at the office. For the latest Newsletter click here.

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UPDATE - TEMPORARY WINTER ENCLOSURES: As promised at our November 17th Forum, the following is the current situation with respect to Enclosures.  Further discussions with  senior management took place during the past week.   On more than one occasion a statement of Parkbridge's final answer was promised but, unfortunately has not been received.   However, we do have - in writing - the statement by Parkbridge that they will not act, with staff or contractors, to remove enclosures that have not been taken down by the deadlines stated generally or specifically to individuals.   Of course, the decision to remove is up to each individual but it would appear, hopefully, that some compromise will be possible.   We will of course update everyone further as and when we ourselves are informed.      ISSUED BY John Bicknell - President, Sandycove Acres Home Owners' Association

 

RE: Temporary enclosures - IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL RESIDENTS - The following statement has been posted by Parkbridge (November 1st, 2019) on Community TV.    The Home Owners' Association is circulating it to ensure that as many residents as possible are aware of it and can, if affected, decide what action they wish to take.    Please be aware that the Association had no advance notice of this policy and will be discussing with Parkbridge management. (sent by John Bicknell, President Sandycove Home Owners Association)  

Sandycove Acres homeowners take great pride in their homes and their community, and we want to ensure that any homeowner who wants to make exterior visual improvements to the home and home site has requested permission through an Application to Alter as set out in your lease agreement.   This includes temporary structures or enclosures.   You have made a significant investment in your home and this community, and we want to ensure that your investment is protected, as well as your neighbours’.    Please note that we will not approve temporary enclosures that do not represent your home or our community in an aesthetically pleasing way.   We require a level of professional workmanship that helps protect the value of your home and the community.   We will accept Applications to Alter should you wish a more permanent enclosure to your home to be reviewed.   In the meantime, we are requesting that all temporary enclosures be removed immediately.   We recognize that historically these temporary enclosures may have gone up in the past without an Application to Alter.   However, we are putting a focus on making sure our community standards are enforced to protect everyone’s investment in Sandycove Acres.   We thank you for your understanding and cooperation regarding this matter.

RENT INCREASE GUIDELINE FOR 2020 - The Ontario government has recently announced (June 2019) the rent increase guideline for the year 2020 will be 2.2 per cent.   The rent increase guideline is the maximum amount by which a landlord can increase the rent of a tenant without seeking the approval of the Landlord and Tenant Board.  The 2020 Guideline applies to a rent increase that occurs between January 1 and December 31, 2020.    For more information from the official notice please CLICK HERE.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING for 2019 was held Sunday June 9th at the Wheel with about 200 members present.   The Home Owners Board members made their annual reports.   When available these reports will be posted as part of the minutes of the meeting.    No major issues came up as the President very proficiently described the various issues already known to members and described what was being done.   Please watch for the minutes to be posted.   Elections were held.    To see the 2019-20 Board of Directors just click here.  

SANDYCOVE ACRES PHONE BOOK - 2019: Following the recent Parkbridge announcement that the phone book is to be discontinued, the Home Owners' Association has firstly attempted, unfortunately with no success, to have the decision reversed, and secondly, has discussed at Board level alternatives that we might pursue. We note that the HOA is bound by the same privacy limitations that Parkbridge has cited as its reason for discontinuing publication of the phone book.  Also, a large amount of time and effort would be required to put together and publish a phone book, which the Directors, as volunteers with a substantial commitment in our other activities, cannot consider taking on at this time. There are also potential costs involved that we do not feel to be appropriate under our mandate; especially given our rising need to engage legal representation in respect of Parkbridge policies. We regret therefore that we have no alternative to offer at this time.

RENT INCREASE GUIDELINE FOR 2019 - The Ontario government has recently announced (July 2018) the rent increase guideline for the year 2019 will be 1.8 per cent.   The rent increase guideline is the maximum amount by which a landlord can increase the rent of a tenant without seeking the approval of the Landlord and Tenant Board.  The 2019 Guideline applies to a rent increase that occurs between January 1 and December 31, 2019.  

LEASE RENEWALS - LATEST INFORMATION:  released by the Home Owners - April 25th, 2018

The Association has reconfirmed the information previously circulated; that is that clauses in the "old" leases with respect to property tax, water billing and snow clearing will be honoured.   Following our previous update as to how leases that have already been renewed would be handled, we have learned that Parkbridge have now adopted the simpler method of amending the lease itself.   We have seen an actual completed instance of this and it does indeed restore the status quo with respect to these three items.   This, of course, is to be taken in conjunction with the recent announcement by Parkbridge that the installation of water meters will only happen for new residents.

We expect that future renewals will be based on a new "standard" lease.   This will - in the first draft that we have seen - have a specific clause laying out the various charges applicable to a given resident and will, in other clauses, have wording to be struck out and initialled by both parties.   Thus it would be useable for both renewals and new residents.   The Association expects to have an opportunity to review the final version of this lease before residents are contacted for renewing.   That being said, since this will, practically speaking, be a completely new lease, we recommend that residents should take time to review it before signing and may wish to consult a lawyer.   The Association, of course, will be happy to discuss with individual residents if so desired. 

LEASE RENEWALS:  Released by the Home Owners - April 6th 2018.   The Association has reconfirmed the information previously circulated; that is that clauses in the “old” leases with respect to property tax, water billing and snow clearing will be honoured.   However Parkbridge has not yet finalized the necessary legal documentation to ensure that resident’s rights are protected.   When this is done affected residents will be contacted and asked to effectively “void” the “renewed” lease and to sign a new one with the same expiry date.   This version will – in the first draft that we have seen - have a specific clause laying out the various charges applicable to a given resident and will, in other clauses, have wording to be struck out and initialed by both parties.

The Association expects to be able to check out the final version of this new lease before residents are contacted. That being said, since this will, practically speaking, be a completely new lease, we recommend that residents should take time to review it before signing and may wish to consult a lawyer.   The Association, of course, will be happy to discuss with individual residents if so desired.

Member Forums are presented on a quarterly basis for members to keep them up to date on issues and challenges facing the residents of Sandycove Acres.   This process was started in 2018 as a means to help improve the communications within Sandycove Acres.   To view the Member Forums held to date please click here.

 

 


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