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Month: May 2015

Amendments to the Condominium Act Are Finally Released!

The wait is finally over!  The Amendments to the Condominium Act have finally been introduced at Queen’s Park on May 27, 2015. The text of this bill, which is formally entitled “An Act to amend the Condominium Act, 1998, to enact the Condominium Management Services Act, 2015 and to amend other Acts with respect to condominiums” can finally […]

Can Condo Board Meetings Be Held Electronically?

With today’s technology, it is very easy for anyone to participate in meetings by telephonic, electronic or other communication means. We are often asked by condo directors whether it is possible to hold their board meetings electronically as opposed to having in-person meetings. The answer is yes, provided that the following conditions are respected. Section 35(5) of the Condominium […]

Condominiums Have an Obligation to Prevent Smoking in Common Areas

Also read our more recent blog post: Changes to the Smoke-free Act Affecting Condos. Earlier this year, the province of Ontario prohibited smoking on patios of restaurants and bars.  We already blogged on whether this new prohibition prevented smoking on exclusive-use balconies in condominiums. While this recent change in the legislation does not appear to […]

Failing to Repair and Maintain Common Elements Can Amount to Oppression

In a case released this week, an Ontario court concluded that it is sometimes insufficient for condominiums to simply investigate and passively attempt to resolve problems with common elements. In Wu v. Peel Condominium Corporation No. 245 the court concluded that the condominium’s delays and failure to address the source of excessive noise and vibration emanating from the […]

Can Condos Prohibit Smoking on Balconies?

Also read our more recent blog post (Oct. 2018): Changes to the Smoke-Free Act Affecting Condos. As part of the province’s Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy, Ontario has taken a further step towards a smoke-free Ontario.  As of January 1st, 2015, it is illegal to smoke on or around children’s playgrounds, publicly owned sports fields/surfaces and all bar […]

ACMO/CCI Conference in Ottawa ‒ May 29

CCI and ACMO Ottawa are presenting their annual conference and tradeshow on May 29, 2015. This is a great opportunity to meet with industry experts, property managers, trades and service providers and, more importantly, to network with fellow condo directors. The program includes the following presentations: The role of the property manager vs. the role of board […]