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Changes to Electricity Cost for Condos

The Ontario government has announced the introduction of a new Ontario Electricity Rebate program, in replacement to the old “Fair Hydro Plan” set by the previous government.  These changes, some of which are effective November 1, 2019, are meant to show the true costs of electricity to Ontarians. The province is announcing that the electricity […]

The Day Canada Became a Nation – Remembrance post

Every November, we pause to remember the many who answered the call of duty and those who paid the ultimate price for the freedom of others. This year marks the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II.  Indeed, on September 1st, 1939, Germany invaded Poland. Within days, on September 3, when Germany did […]

Condo Declaration May Not Impose an Obligation to Lease Parking in Perpetuity

In a recent decision, a judge ruled that a provision in a condo declaration which imposed on the corporation an obligation to lease back parking spots in perpetuity is unenforceable, against public policy and against the Planning Act. The condo corporation was permitted to terminate the lease. Facts of this case This case involved a dispute […]

CAO Fees Reduced for Another Year!

For a second year in a row, the CAO has announced that it will be implementing a temporary 25 per cent reduction to its budgeted annual fee payable by condo corporations. This reduction will be applicable to the 2020-2021. As you  know, the CAO provides information, training, dispute resolution and other consumer protection condo-related services […]

Condo Forms to be Delegated to the CAO?

Are you still struggling with the various condo forms? We keep hearing that some of them are confusing and difficult to complete. Many of these forms also continue to be fillable online only if you use Internet Explorer.  And don’t get us started on the proxy… Don’t despair, there may be light at the end […]

Court Expands Condo Lien Notification Requirements

In a not yet reported case, courts appear to have expanded the notice requirement when liening a condo unit. Failure to properly notify the owner’s spouse may render the lien invalid as against said spouse, even if she neither owns, nor occupies the unit. Facts of the case This case involves a condo unit registered […]

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 […]

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 […]