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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 […]

Are Condo Owners Entitled to Access the Owners’ Email List?

A recent court decision ordering a not-for-profit organization to disclose the email addresses of its members caused quite a stir in condo land this past week. This brings us to revisit a recurrent question: Are condo owners entitled to access the list of email addresses of other owners? In case you are pressed for time, let […]

What Documents Must be Included with the Periodic Information Certificate?

Most are already familiar with the requirement to send out Periodic Information Certificates (PICs) to condo owners in Ontario.  PICs must be sent twice a year (thankfully down from the initially contemplated 4) and must be prepared in accordance with regulation.  Thankfully, the province of Ontario has made things easier by issuing the form to […]

Refusing to Allow Modifications to Common Elements Can Amount to Oppression

The Condominium Act prevents condominium corporations from treating unit owners unfairly and differently from the rest of the owners. This obligation is found under section 135 of the Condominium Act (the oppression remedy). In Noguera v. Muskoka Condominium Corporation No. 22, the Corporation and its board of directors learned that not complying with such obligations […]

Upcoming Events and Learning Opportunities: February/March 2019

Are you looking for networking opportunities or to get more knowledgeable on condo matters? Here is the list of the known condo training and networking events for February and March in Ontario. Each of these offers a unique opportunity to gain condo knowledge and to meet with other like-minded condo-driven individuals.  Read on to find an event near […]

Time to File your 2019 CAO Condo Returns

It’s that time of year again! Time to start working on filing your Condo Returns with the CAO.  The deadline is March 31, 2019.  This year, this mandatory requirement comes with good and bad news: Good news: The CAO is (temporarily) reducing it’s Assessment Fees (Yay!); Bad News: The CAO may fine corporations who miss the […]

Do Changes to the Condo Act Mean More Work for Lawyers?

The Law Times is publishing a series on the impact the amended Condo Act is having on the condominium industry in Ontario. Our own Rod Escayola is optimistic that “it’s going to be a far better place in condoland in Ontario” but points out that there are some obstacles and growing pains before we get there. So, […]

Must Condos Include Materials in a Meeting Package if Owners Demand It?

Allow me to paint a small picture in your minds. Condo 123’s AGM is coming up. Accordingly, the Board sends out a preliminary notice of meeting. As per the Act, the Board includes an invitation that owners may provide any material they want included in the subsequent notice of meeting. The Board also provides the required […]

CAI Canada’s Inaugural Conference & Expo 2019

CAI Canada is holding its first annual condo conference on February 7th 2019! The conference is being held in Toronto at 55 Barber Greene Road starting at 8:00 am going until 3:30 pm.  The itinerary is chock full of seminars sure to provide tonnes of practical tips and information. In fact, Condo Adviser’s own Rod […]

How Long Must a Condo Retain Information Certificates?

Our blog post on condo record retention triggered a fair bit of interest and many questions from readers. Specifically, many asked how long they should retain the information certificate. Here’s our answer. What is the Information Certificate? Periodic Information Certificates (and their cousins, the “Information Certificate Update” and the “New Owner Information Certificate”) are documents […]