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How to Complete the New Condo Proxy

You will recall that, in early May, the province of Ontario issued a new and improved version of the Condo Proxy Form. The information on this new form is re-organized and it offers more choices when delegating your proxy powers. Still, with all its improvements, the form continues to be somewhat daunting and difficult to […]

What do Condo Owners Think of Marijuana Legalization?

The legalization of cannabis, and its expected impact on communities across the country, continue to be a hot topic. Seems like everyone has an opinion on it: The Ontario Real Estate Association wants better protection against grow op Ontario Landlords want to ban cannabis smoking Banning home-grown pot would be paternalistic and unenforceable: former Minister […]

Can I BBQ on my Condo Balcony?

With the summer season finally upon us, so is the barbecue season. With it, come questions pertaining to BBQ safety and neighbourly etiquette.  This is particularly true in condominium living and even more so when one lives in a mid to high-rise complex, where occupants have the exclusive use of a balcony.  A recurring question […]

The New and “Improved” Condo Proxy is Out!

Rejoice! The new Proxy form is out! We have updated our “Form” link at the top of our blog to ensure you always use the latest version. What’s new? The most significant change is on page 2 of the proxy.  The owner giving the proxy must now pick between 3 options: If you check the […]

New and Improved Forms to Call Condo Meetings

Ask and you shall receive! The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services has updated and improved two of its Condo Forms. Specifically, they have modified: The Preliminary Notice of meeting The Notice of meeting These new forms have been updated to address the regulatory changes pertaining to the installation of electric vehicle charging stations but […]

Changes to the Status Certificate

Well, just when you were starting to get comfortable with the new condo forms, the province has issued a new Status Certificate.  Fear not: the new Status Certificate contains very minor changes, all of which are required to address the recent regulatory changes related to Electric Vehicle Charging stations. Changes to the Status Certificate On […]

Electric Car Charging Stations in Condos

On March 26, 2018, the province released new regulations aimed at facilitating the installation of electric vehicle charging stations in existing condo corporations. Until recently, legislation had not entirely caught up with evolving technologies and the growing fleet of electric cars available on the market.  This often lead to frictions between environmentally-conscientious owners wishing to drive […]

New Electric Vehicle Charging Requirements for Condos

The province of Ontario has just released new requirements dealing with Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in condominiums. These new requirements will take effect as early as May 1, 2018.  The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services summarizes these new requirements as follows: Condo corporations meeting certain conditions will be exempt from certain requirements in the […]

LAST WEEK to File your Condo Returns with the CAO

All condominium corporations are now legally required to file condo returns with the Condominium Authority of Ontario (the “CAO”). Corporations have until March 31, 2018 to file their Transitional Returns and Annual Return.  Such filing is done online, directly with the CAO. What are the new Condo Returns? The newly required Condo Returns will provide […]

Explaining the Notice of Meeting to Condo Owners

My own condo corporation is moving towards its first AGM under the amended Act.  We’ve received our financial audits, sent out our Preliminary Notice and picked the AGM date.  Last week, we reviewed the Notice of Meeting (ouch) and the Proxy form (double ouch).  These forms may be difficult to understand to most owners. To (hopefully) […]