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Input Requested on Changes to the Legislation Dealing with Condo Conversion Projects

The province is seeking your input on proposed regulations that would extend most new home warranty plan coverage to certain residential condominium conversion projects.  Feedback is invited until September 25, 2017. Bill 106 (the Protecting Condo Owners Act) brought changes to various pieces of legislation, including the Condo Act, the Building Code Act and the  Ontario New Home Warranties […]

Condo Pool Dress Code: What’s Too Much and What’s Not Enough?

An Ontario woman recently launched a human rights complaint against the municipality of Cornwall over its policies preventing her from swimming topless at public pools. This legal challenge comes two decades after courts recognized women’s right to bare their breasts in public in Ontario. In this blog we explore whether a condominium can impose a dress code for […]

Condos will Need to Increase Their Fees to Pay for the New Condo Authority

The new Condo Authority of Ontario has recently confirmed what fees it will charge for its services. The CAO also confirmed who will pay for this and when the new fees will become payable. Condominiums may want to adjust their budget without delay. How Much? You may recall that the CAO recently conducted a public […]

New Info on the Education and Examination Requirements for Condo Managers

Ontario held a press conference on July 25, 2017, to announce new protections for condo residents, to be implemented this fall. This is great (but somewhat old) news. What’s new is that we now know more about the education and examination requirements for Condo managers. Today’s announcement In today’s press release the Minister of Government and Consumer Services Tracy […]

Defamation: Condos must protect the reputation of its directors

Everyone knows that being on a condo board can be a difficult and thankless job, often attracting criticism from other owners. But what is a corporation to do if owners send defamatory emails? An Ottawa judge has drawn a red line. Facts of the case In this case, a condo owner sent vitriolic and defamatory communications to all […]

How Much will the Condo Authority Cost and Who will Pay for it?

This summer, the Condo Authority of Ontario published the fees it proposed to charge users to finance its operations  Condo Adviser conducted an informal survey to see what you think about them.  Here are some of our results. Proposed fees to finance and operate the CAO As of September 1, 2017, the Condo Authority of […]

How Much will a Condo Manager’s Licence Cost?

The Condo Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario (CMRAO) is seeking your input on the fees it proposes charging to licence Condo Managers in Ontario. The CMRAO is seeking your opinion on these fees through an online survey. CMRAO’s mandate The CMRAO is mandated to protect consumers by enforcing standards for education, training and ethics of Condo Manager and […]

Condos will Have to File Yearly Information Returns

Ontario is seeking your input on another set of proposed regulations.  This one deals with proposed annual Information Returns, which corporations would have to file with the Condo Authority. Most of the information in these returns would be added to a publicly accessible database. Latest Draft Regulation In the context of its overhaul of the Condominium Act, the […]

How Much will the Condo Authority Cost Condo Owners?

As you certainly know by now, the new Condo Authority of Ontario will be designated as the condominium authority as of September 1, 2017.  The CAO will provide education and information and will oversee the Condo Authority Tribunal. But how much will all of this cost condo owners? The province wants to know how much […]

Will Toronto’s Proposed Airbnb Regulation Help Condos?

Last week, Toronto’s Executive Committee approved a draft plan to regulate Airbnb. Amongst important changes, Toronto proposes the creation of a new zoning by-law and the adoption of new licensing and registration requirements.  It also proposed to limit short-term rentals to principal residences. Will this help condos regulate short-term rentals? What is Airbnb? Airbnb and other […]