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Rod Escayola

Season’s Greetings!

Wow! Has this year gone by in a flash! It’s been a busy year at Condo Adviser!  We’ve published 52 posts on all condo topics with a focus on understanding and explaining Ontario’s changes to the Condo Act. We’ve also introduced interactive condo tools such as our AGM calculator; our PIC calendar, our Record Retention Chart, many surveys and a fun quiz. We’ve been in the […]

What is Your Favourite Law Blog? My Clawbies nominations.

This post is not about condo law. It contains my Clawbies nominations for 2018. Read on if you want to know which law blogs are my favourite ones (after Condo Adviser, naturally….). If law blogs were somewhat of a novelty a decade ago, they have now become an inescapable part of the cyber landscape and […]

How Long Must Condos Retain Corporate Records?

One of the many objectives behind the amendments to the Condo Act was to maintain and strengthen the “open books” principle by making an easier path for unit owners to access corporate records.  The new Act also provided much needed guidance by identify many (but not all) of the corporate records as well as the applicable retention […]

Condo Owner not Allowed to Get 20-year old Board Minutes

Board minutes are important documents as they are often the only way owners can get insight into what decisions are taken by the board of directors. The Condo Tribunal was asked to determine whether an owner was entitled to get 20 year old board minutes. In the Bossio case, an owner sought to obtain copies […]

Do You Know What it Takes to be a Condo Director?

Condo directors are elected by the owners to manage the assets of the corporation. They are an integral and essential part of how condos operate and how they are governed. In November 2017, Ontario significantly amended the Condominium Act. We’ve blogged a lot about these changes and how they impact condo directors. A year later, do you […]

Loophole Around Mandatory Condo Director Training?

In one of our recent posts, we discussed the consequences for directors who fail to take the mandatory condo director training within the allotted time. A few readers wondered whether they had found a loophole around this obligation. Today, we thought we’d share it with you. Mandatory training Our readers are already familiar with the […]

Has the Condo Tribunal Delivered all that it Promised to?

The “new” Condo Tribunal started hearing and adjudicating condo-related disputes on November 1, 2017. A year later, what have we learned?  What documents are being requested? Are corporations complying with their obligations? Can corporations charge to access records? In this post we take a look back at the CAT’s first year of operation. Condo Tribunal The […]

New Education Requirements for Condo Managers Renewing their General Licence in 2019

While there had been a bit of a lull in the implementation of the amendments to the Condo Act since the change of the guard at Queens park, things have not come to a screeching halt.  The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services has released new continuing education requirement for some condo managers. These changes do not […]

100 years later, poppies still bloom

This post marks the 100th anniversary of the First World War’s Armistice. The last to fall In the early morning of November 11, 1918, the 28th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, arrived in the village of Havré, Belgium, having secured all bridges on the Canal du Centre. There, around 9 a.m., while facing Ville-sur-Haine across […]

Changes to the Smoke-Free Act Affecting Condos

As our readers know already [unless you have been hiding under a rock or have been under the influence of some recently legalized substance], cannabis was legalized in Canada on October 17, 2018. On that same day, but some 17 hours later, Ontario adopted Bill 36, which modified its Smoke-Free Ontario Act.  This was required to address […]