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Year: 2019

Federal Elections: Canvassing and Electoral Signs in Condos

And they’re off to the races !! The prime minister has asked the Governor General to dissolve parliament, setting the stage for Canada next general election. Blue, green, orange and red electoral signs (we’ve listed them alphabetically) will soon be popping everywhere and candidates will start canvassing. In fact, two local candidates have already knocked on my door, […]

Are you Getting Good Value for your Condo Fees?

A couple of weeks ago we launched our most ambitious survey, aimed at getting an accurate picture of condo fees in Ontario. What drives them up or down? How does the age or size of the corporation affect them? How do they compare from city to city? How do highrise compare to townhomes? What amenities […]

Steps to Take When the Board Loses Quorum

It is easy to forget that condominium corporations don’t simply run themselves. They are run by people. Volunteers with other family, social and professional obligations that keep them busy. So what happens when the board loses some of its members? What if it loses quorum? There are many reasons this can occur. Family emergencies, illnesses, […]

Can Condos Reimburse Budgetary Surpluses to Owners?

Condo corporations are not-for-profit organizations. Technically, they are not supposed to make a profit.  Having said that, they are not charitable organizations either. When faced with a deficit, condo corporations must collect more from owners to get ends to meet. But what are they to do with a surplus? This is what this post will […]

Managers Soliciting Proxies: Do’s and Don’ts

Despite the province’s vaillant efforts, proxies continue to cause confusion and to foster distrust. One of the questions we’re often asked is whether it is proper to encourage owners to return their proxies to management? If not, who should the proxy be handed to? Are your condo fees too high? How do they compare? Help us […]

Condo Liens: What is the Required Minimum Notice?

In a recent Ottawa case, the courts clarified how condo corporations are to calculate the minimum 10-day notice requirement prior to being able to register a lien on a defaulting unit. This post sheds some light on this tricky requirement. Are your condo fees too high? How do they compare? Help us take an accurate […]

Condos Must Step in When an Aggressive Owner Goes Too Far

As the old saying goes, “You catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar.” For my first Condo Adviser post, I wanted to review a recent decision that sets out two key statutory duties imposed on a condo corporation when faced with a potentially aggressive condo owner. The facts of Ottawa Carleton Standard […]

Are your Condo Fees Too High?

Common expenses (commonly referred to as “condo fees”) are a recurring grievance for those living in condos.  They seem to always go up; they seem to never cover enough and owners often feel they have no control over them. In this post we discuss what goes into the calculation of common expenses. But, before we […]

Court Upholds Condo Smoking Ban

In what may be the first case of its kind (at least as it pertains to cannabis), the Québec Superior Court of Justice recently upheld the legality and enforceability of a condo rule preventing tobacco and cannabis smoking inside units and in enclosed common elements. This is  good news for those wishing to enforce similar […]

Can Condos Prohibit Canadian Flags?

With Canada Day just around the corner, Canadian flags will start popping up everywhere, including in Condo Land.  Inevitably, this will lead to a yearly question:  can condos prohibit owners from displaying their maple leaf pride? We tackle this question in this post. May the land over which this new Flag flies remain united in […]