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  • Can Board Require Specific Owners to Clean Their Titled Parkade Parking Stall(s)

    Posted by Gates II Condos Corp # 2010879 on July 17, 2023 at 1:48 pm

    After having our underground parkade professionally cleaned, it became apparent that a few parking stalls remained badly stained. At this point, our PM has suggested that we simply hire professional cleaning for the stalls in question and then post the amount owed to the Owner’s account.

    The Board would like to take a softer approach and give the owners a chance to do the cleaning themselves (with guidance on safe and effective DIY cleaning options supplied to them). And only if we do not receive a response or their cleaning efforts are ineffective, would we call in professionals to specifically clean these stalls then chargeback to the owners.

    My question: As a Board, can we take this approach? Can we require individual owners of titled parking stalls to clean or else we will? Understand that our concern is the cleanliness of the entire parkade and the impact on all of our property values.

    Appreciate any insight folks might have on this.

    Thank you.

    Cheryl Stubbings

    Gates II Condos Corp # 2010879 replied 5 months ago 3 Members · 4 Replies
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  • Dana Bouwman

    July 17, 2023 at 2:07 pm

    GREAT idea!

    Yes, I have given owners a warning letter and given them two weeks to clean up their parking stalls.

    I recommend letting the owners know the approximate cost to clean up the stall so they know how much they will be paying if they ignore the warning letter.

    Also, ask them to get their car fixed or it will be a recurring issue.

    Just a heads up that you’ll likely have at least one owner push back and say the stain was caused by a previous owner, but just remind them that when they purchased their residential unit and took possession of their exclusive use area that they also agreed to complete all maintenance responsibilities as well (per Condominium Property Act).

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  • Gates II Condos Corp # 2010879

    July 17, 2023 at 2:39 pm

    Thank you so much for such a quick reply! Very informative.

    Good to know that other condo boards have done this … feeling more confident now to go ahead and issue notices.

    Definitely a good idea to let them know the cost so that they are less inclined to ignore … and also to have their vehicle serviced!!

    Thanks for your valuable comments Dana!

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  • Terry Gibson

    July 18, 2023 at 3:59 pm

    Good for you to take a gentle approach. We need good relations with our owners, even if we don’t always agree!

    I hate to ask the perennial question, but what do your bylaws say?

    Your concern about both property values and the overall cleanliness of the property is well-founded. Maintaining high standards is in the best interest of all.

    I like Dana’s approach.

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  • Gates II Condos Corp # 2010879

    September 27, 2023 at 5:02 pm

    Just wondering if anyone can recommend one or two parkade cleaning companies.

    Who do you use and would you recommend them? Why?

    Do they provide stain removal services (scrubbing)? If so, approx. cost to remove stains from one parking stall? Or do they “scrub” the entire parkade (not specific stalls)?

    We have used Clean Sweep and EverLine in the past. EverLine no longer cleans parkades, and Clean Sweep does not provide specific stain removal services.

    Any suggestions/recommendations would be greatly appreciated!


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