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More About the Mandatory Training for Condo Directors (ON)

The Condo Authority of Ontario (CAO) is responsible to provide new mandatory training for all condo directors in Ontario. We now know a bit more about what kind of training can be expected, who will be required to take it

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Anonymous Defamatory E-Mails About Condo Board Members Results in Successful Lawsuit Against E-Mail Provider

In a recent case, CCC No. 282 v. Yahoo! Inc., a condominium corporation obtained a court order requiring Yahoo! Inc. and Yahoo! Canada Inc. (collectively “Yahoo”) to provide information to help identify the author of allegedly defamatory e-mails sent to

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Status Certificate – Resale Condos’ Equivalent To Home Inspection

Prudent home buyers do not skip the home inspection. Behind walls, carpets and ceilings, any number of unseen problems may lurk – from faulty electrical to foundation flaws. In a resale condo scenario, home inspections are rare, but there is

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New Proposed Regulations under the CMSA (ON)

The Ministry has circulated proposed regulations under the Condominium Management Services Act (“CMSA”) that give us further insight into the standards condominium managers will have to meet once the CMSA comes into force. For now the Ministry is seeking feedback

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Proposed Code of Ethics for Condominium Managers has been released (ON)

As many of our readers know, we now have proposed additional regulations under the Condominium Management Services Act (“CMSA”). Notably, the proposed regulations include the Code of Ethics that condominium managers will be required to adhere to. The Ministry is

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Survival Guide For Condo Directors – Phase 1 Of The Condominium Act Amendments (ON)

Condo directors will no doubt have heard about some of the changes being made to condominium legislation in Ontario.  This update is to provide a brief summary of where we stand in September of 2017. It is important in our

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Condominiums must register with the CAO (Condominium Authority of Ontario) and pay Assessments by December 31, 2017

Condominiums have started to receive Welcome notices from the CAO. These Welcome notices outline some important features of the CAO, many of which we have discussed in past blogs, including: Information and resources available through the CAO Dispute Resolution through

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Proposed Code of Ethics for Condo Managers

The province is again seeking input and comments on proposed regulations under the Condo Management Services Act. Of particular interest, the province has circulated a proposed Code of Ethics for condo managers. Here is what it is likely to look

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Obtaining a License for Condominium Management – an Overview (ON)

Mandatory licensing for condominium management is steadily approaching. For details on this topic, see our previous blogs. But in the meantime, we felt that an Overview might be useful.   Here’s a broad overview of the coming requirements:    Read

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The Condominium Authority is Up and Running! (ON)

We’re now into September (I can’t believe it!); and the province has announced that the Condominium Authority is now “in service”.  Some of the key purposes of the CAO will be as follows:   Read the article…………..

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Proposed reg details code of ethics for condo managers (ON)

A code of ethics for condo managers is now up for public comment after Ontario’s Ministry of Government and Consumer Services last week released more proposed regulations under the Condominium Management Services Act. The new legislation, which comes as part

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Strict Deadlines to Register Condo Liens when Collecting on Judgments

The Ontario Court of Appeal reiterated that the 3-month deadline to register a condo lien is a strict one. Failure to act in a timely manner will result in the lien being lost. This is true, not only when dealing

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Switching from Snail Mail to Email

The first round of amendments to the Condominium Act, 1998, are scheduled to come into force on November 1, 2017. As you likely know, many of the changes will require more frequent (and voluminous) communications to owners. This extra paperwork

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New Regulation for Managers

Another draft regulation has been released by the government for comment. This new draft regulation deals with the areas of the Condominium Management Services Act, 2015 (“CMSA”) that were not addressed by earlier regulations, such as complaints, requirements for holding

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Successful Appeal by Condo Corp Challenging a Lien – Updating a Prior Blog Post

In a prior blog post we reported that a commercial condo unit owner successfully sued the condominium corporation after the corporation registered a lien against his unit for repair costs related to clearing a blockage in the plumbing system. However,

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How to Get a Condo Manager’s Licence

We are getting lots of calls from condo managers asking for guidance on how to apply for their Manager’s licence. The November 1st deadline is indeed fast approaching! Here is a quick step-by-step guide on how to apply for your

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Ontario Government Designates Education Requirements for Condominium Manager Licence

Starting November 1, 2017, all condominium managers have 90 days to apply for a licence under the Condominium Management Services Act. There are two classes of licences: a limited licence and a general licence.  The Minister of Government and Consumer

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Summer Case Law Reading

Who doesn’t enjoy a little case law reading by the pool or beach? Oh, that’s just me? Oh well. I hope you enjoy reading these brief summaries anyway.   Read the article………….

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Are you ready? Less than three months to go…

Some of the changes to the Condominium Act, 1998, have received a lot of attention over the past year, like the new requirements for holding meetings or the information certificates that condominiums will be required to send to their owners.

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A condo rule against complaining? Controversial corporation policy likely intended to prevent harassment

Recently, a condominium corporation in Toronto was reported to have enacted a rule which, among other things, sought to limit the ability of residents to complain to the condominium. Various parties including residents of the building in question have expressed

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Enforcing Single Family Restriction in Condominiums – A Recent Case

In a recent case, Louiseize v. PCC No. 103, a condominium owner who knowingly breached the “private single-family residence” restriction in the condominium declaration for almost 14 years, was given 9 months to bring his units into compliance with the

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The Condo Authority of Ontario

Are you ready? In less than three months the first set of amendments to the Condominium Act, 1998 comes into force. Arguably the biggest change is the creation of the Condominium Authority of Ontario (CAO). I like to think of

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CPA Retirement: Should you join a condo board?

IF you’re like a lot of CPAs, the number one topic on your mind is retirement. Perhaps you’re thinking of selling your house into a hot housing market and downsizing to a condo. If so, what are the pros and

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Condo Pool Dress Code: The Debate Over What’s Too Much and What’s Not Enough

An Ontario woman recently launched a human rights complaint against the municipality of Cornwall over its policies preventing her from swimming bare-breasted at public pools. This legal challenge comes two decades after courts recognized women’s right to bare their breasts

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Condominium Authority Confirms Fees

In a prior blog post we reported that the Condominium Authority of Ontario (“COA”) was seeking public comment on its proposed fees for the COA’s services. As the feedback received was positive, the COA has confirmed that the proposed fee

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Time for a review of the Strata Property Act (BC)

Increasing numbers of British Columbians live in multi-family developments which are run as strata corporations. Currently, there at over 30,000 active strata plans in B.C. and over 1.5 million live in about 620,000 strata lots.  Owners of each strata elect

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Condominium Authority of Ontario: Monthly Fees and Dispute Resolution Fees Confirmed

We had previously blogged about the fees associated with the new Condominium Authority of Ontario (CAO).  The CAO has announced that it has set the fee amounts for the monthly fee and the user fees for the Condominium Authority Tribunal

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6 Ways To “Go Green” in Your HOA or Condo Association

There are more than 7 billion people on the Earth. We take up a lot of space and use a lot of resources. That makes implementing eco-friendly practices even more critical to preserve the environment and the resources that we

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A condo rule against complaining?

Recently, a condominium corporation in Toronto was reported to have enacted a rule which, among other things, sought to limit the ability of residents to complain to the condominium. Various parties including residents of the building in question have expressed

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Electric Cars and Charging Stations in Condominiums (ON)

Electric cars, and charging stations, are a hot topic this week! Britain has announced the eventual ban of gas and diesel powered vehicles, and an Ottawa condo is making national news (click on the video entitled: Ottawa Woman’s Power Struggle

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Condos will Need to Increase Their Fees to Pay for the New Condo Authority (ON)

The new Condo Authority of Ontario has recently confirmed what fees it will charge for its services. The CAO also confirmed who will pay for this and when the new fees will become payable. Condominiums may want to adjust their

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Accommodating Service Dogs in Condominiums (ON)

In a recent case before the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal (Latendresse v. CCC No. 8), a condominium resident alleged that the condominium corporation had discriminated against him with respect to occupancy of accommodations because of a disability.  The corporation’s rules

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Condo Administrators

A condominium administrator is a person appointed by the court to manage the affairs of a condominium when the board is unable to properly manage the condominium in accordance with the requirements of the Condominium Act, 1998.   Read the article……………….

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Proposed Annual Fees for Condo Managers Announced

We now have more information about the proposed fees for condominium managers under the Condominium Management Services Act (CMSA). The fees are intended to fund the Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario (CMRAO), which is the not-for-profit corporation that will

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Condo Law Digest – Mid-summer 2017

This conflict arises from an insect infestation. In October 2015 Justice Diamond ordered that the Schneiders permit YCC No. 41 and its agents to enter their unit no later than November 13 in order to conduct a “flush and vac”

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Defamation in Condos: An Update

There has been a lot of talk this week about defamation in condos. Most of the interest comes from a decision released in Ottawa last week. A judge has ordered Yahoo! and Yahoo! Canada to disclose information that a condominium

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New Info on the Education and Examination Requirements for Condo Managers

Ontario held a press conference today to announce new protections for condo residents, to be implemented this fall. This is great (but somewhat old) news. What’s new is that we now know more about the education and examination requirements for

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Maintaining your Below Ground Infrastructure

The British Columbia Housing Homeowner Protection Office has created a video explaining how to protect this space from damage. This is part of their series to help those responsible for the maintenance of multi-residential properties.       Watch the video…………….

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What board directors should ask condo auditors

An independent Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) prepares, audits and issues the financial statements of a condominium corporation. In doing so, he is reporting to the owners of the condominium units the state of the financial position of the corporation. However,

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Defamation: Condos must protect the reputation of its directors

Everyone knows that being on a condo board can be a difficult and thankless job, often attracting criticism from other owners. But what is a corporation to do if owners send defamatory emails? An Ottawa judge has drawn a red

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Government of Ontario Seeks Comments on Proposed Regulation Concerning Condominium Returns and Information Database

The Government of Ontario has recently released a draft regulation under the Protecting Condominium Owners Act, 2015 concerning the mandatory filing of condominium information returns and the maintenance of a condominium information database that would be available to the public.

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Lessons as a First-Time Condo Owner

Professionals who work in the condo industry often say they’d never buy a condo. I was no different. A large part of my day is spent dealing with the problems faced by condos, such as disputes between neighbours, financial concerns,

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Condominium Returns (ON)

We now have proposed Regulations from the Province, governing the upcoming requirements for condominium corporations to file returns with the new Condominium Authority, and also creating a new publicly-accessible database of information respecting all condominium corporations in the Province.  There

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Proposed Fees for the Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario

The Province has now proposed licensing fees for condominium managers under the CMSA, and has invited input from the public on those proposed fees.  As we now know, on November 1, 2017 the Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario (“CMRAO”)

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Condo Balcony Fires

Toronto Fire Services recently held a press conference about the increasing number of fires on condo balconies caused by cigarettes being carelessly tossed from balconies. At the time of the press conference, there had been 27 balcony fires causing over

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Condo Financing Myths Debunked

In Ontario, when condominiums find themselves short on funds they have three options: 1) increase monthly fees; 2) levy a special assessment; and 3) borrow the money. The board could choose one option or a combination of two or three

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Summary of the Proposed Regulations now available: the Condominium Database, and filing Returns

Regulations supporting certain amendments to the Condominium Act, 1998 are being proposed relating to:   Read the article…………..

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Condominium Authority Seeks Comments on Proposed Fees

As we reported in a previous blog, one of the major changes in the Protecting Condominium Owners Act, 2015 is the creation of the Condominium Authority. The responsibilities of the Condominium Authority include:    Read the article……………

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Condos will Have to File Yearly Information Returns

Ontario is seeking your input on another set of proposed regulations. This one deals with proposed annual Information Returns, which corporations would have to file with the Condo Authority. Most of the information in these returns would be added to

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Another Draft Regulation Is Available for Comment (ON)

On July 7, 2017, another proposed regulation was released for comment. The regulation addresses the returns and notices of change to be filed by condos and the public database to be created by the registrar created by the Condominium Authority

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