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The Province wants YOU… to provide your thoughts on the Condo Act changes

As many of you Condo Geeks know, there are many planned changes to the Condominium Act that are not yet in effect. To see what these sections are, you can look at the Act here. Sections highlighted in grey are not yet in force. Several steps are required in order to implement more of these proposed changes, […]

Condos Must Act Reasonably When Imposing a Section-98 Agreement

As we have posted time and time again, it is very important for condo corporations to treat owners reasonably and fairly. This is true even when the condo is acting to fulfill its requirements under the Condominium Act. The Court of Appeal recently released a decision that reflects on this important aspect of corporate governance, Noguera v MCC […]

Condo Forms About to Get a Lot Simpler!

Breaking news for anyone who has ever attempted to fill out one of the Government of Ontario’s condo forms! The province has just announced that, as of January 1, 2020, the responsibility for 17 of the forms under the Condo Act will be delegated to the CAO, and will no longer be hosted on the […]

The 10-Day Countdown to Condo Liens is Not as Simple as it Sounds

The decision of CCC 476 v Wong, 2019 ONSC 4207 released this past summer has provided some clarity around an issue that most people may not have realized was even an issue… counting to 10. Stay with me here. As many of our readers will know, one of the most effective tools that condo corporations have […]

Condo’s Legal Bills Sent to be Assessed

A recent court decision, Temedio v NNCC No. 6, reminds condominium corporation to be reasonable and measured when enforcing their rules and warns against excessive legal fees charged to owners. This case,  provides some useful insight into the situation that unfortunately, many owners find themselves in: being asked to pay their condominium’s legal bills when they breach the rules. […]

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, […]

Condo Events in Ottawa – Coming up Soon!

As we come out of the tail end of this year’s second or third winter (I’ve lost count), we can see on the horizon that summer is around the corner. Beaches, patios, frisbee in the park, and (in the Ottawa region) two great new condo networking and learning opportunities! Both of these fantastic events will […]

2019 Ottawa Condominium Conference – 3 Directors for the Price of 2

As we enter that special Canadian time of year where we keep getting teased with Spring weather, that can only mean one thing: the annual CCI-EO/ACMO Conference in Ottawa is around the corner! This year, the conference is being held on May 11, 2019. Like last year, the conference is taking place on a Saturday in […]

Must Condos Making Renovations Implement Accessibility Measures?

Staying on top of accessibility issues can be a challenging task. There are many factors to juggle and many important rights to balance against one another. On top of all of this are the obvious financial  and logistical concerns that can accompany making a building accessible. One worry that some corporations may have is, if they […]

Disclosure Statements: Say it Right and Say it Clearly

When purchasing a condominium unit, it is absolutely vital that you know what exactly it is you are getting yourself into. Accordingly, the Act imposes specific disclosure obligations onto declarants attempting to sell a unit. This is done through section 72 of the Condo Act. In the same vein, section 74 of the Act provides […]