Canada Condominium (Strata) & HOA News

  • Condo Smarts: When disaster strikes, who keeps paying the bills? July 26, 2017 Dear Tony: Our building was recently damaged in a fire that has required everyone to move out while the fire, water and smoke damage is repaired. We have been informed that it could be up to a year before we are allowed to return.  In the duration, all of the owners have to find other accommodation and this is doubling our costs.    Read the Q&A………….
  • Critic says summer is a bad time for condo consultations (AB) July 25, 2017 As the province launches a round of public condo consultations in Alberta’s major cities, one advocate for homeowners’ rights is critical of the open houses.  June Donaldson runs the website albertacondominiums.ca and has been pressing for regulation changes on condos for years.  She said the timing of the consultations is not the best for getting everyone at the table    Read the article…………..
  • Proposed Condo Manager Licensing Fees – Public Comment Sought July 25, 2017 The Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario (“CMRAO”) is seeking public comment on proposed licensing fees for condominium managers and condominium management firms.    Read the article………….
  • New condo laws target boards and directors (ON) July 25, 2017 The Ontario government has announced a series of changes to the way condominium boards are governed.  The announcement comes after CBC Toronto uncovered problems that downtown condo owners were having with several boards, including alleged corruption and conflicts of interest.    Read the article………….
  • Ontario Implementing New Protections for Condo Residents this Fall July 25, 2017 Ontario is moving forward to better protect condo owners and residents by increasing consumer protections in Ontario’s condo communities.  Today the Minister of Government and Consumer Services, Tracy MacCharles, announced new protections for condo communities taking effect this fall. Changes will include:    Read the press release……………..
  • Ontario to roll out new rules for condo boards July 25, 2017 Condo dwellers who want to sit on their building’s board will be required to be trained in the management and operation of their homes under new rules announced by the Ontario government Tuesday.  ?The new policies are designed to better protect condo owners and communities, said Government and Consumer Services Minister Tracy MacCharles.  Under the new rules, which start Sept. 1 and will be phased in over the next year, the Condominium Authority of Ontario will require condo corporations to ...
  • Condo Questions: Are condo owners liable for common property repairs? July 24, 2017 Q: Several units in our condo building have had moisture or water problems in their basements over the last few years, and the board has made attempts to mitigate them. Last fall, they commissioned an engineering assessment on the problem, with an eye to fixing the issue permanently. The work was done over the past several months, and we have not had any water issues in our unit.    Read the Q&A……………

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Canada Condominium (Strata) & HOA Articles

  • Condo Law Digest – Mid-summer 2017 July 26, 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” insecticide treatment. On October 28 the corporation sent the Schneiders a letter advising them that Orkin (the pest control company) would come on Nov 13 to prepare the unit, and that the treatment would take place on Nov 16.   ...
  • Defamation in Condos: An Update July 26, 2017 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 needs to determine the identity of a person responsible for sending defamatory emails to its owners and residents. The emails apparently accused the directors of receiving kickbacks.    Read the article…………….
  • New Info on the Education and Examination Requirements for Condo Managers July 25, 2017 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 Condo managers.    Read the article……………
  • Maintaining your Below Ground Infrastructure July 24, 2017 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…………….
  • What board directors should ask condo auditors July 20, 2017 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, before issuing the final report, he needs the approval of the board of directors, who represent the owners.   Read the article……………
  • Defamation: Condos must protect the reputation of its directors July 19, 2017 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 line.    Read the article………..
  • Government of Ontario Seeks Comments on Proposed Regulation Concerning Condominium Returns and Information Database July 18, 2017 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.    Read the article…………….

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Canada Laws

Ontario Condominium Act

British Columbia Strata Property Act

Quebec – Divided Co-ownership of Immovables

Alberta – Condominium Property Act

Saskatchewan – Condominium Property Act

Nova Scotia – Condominium Act

Manitoba – The Condominium Act

New Brunswick – Condominium Property Act

Prince Edward Island – Condominium Act

Labrador/Newfoundland – Condominium Act

 

Canada Condominium & HOA Resources

Canadian Condominium Institute – The Canadian Condominium Institute is the Voice of Condominium in Canada. It is a national, independent, non-profit organization dealing exclusively with condominium issues.

Ontario 

The Condominium Authority of Ontario

The Condo Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario

Forms related to the Condominium Act

Condominium Dispute Resolution Model for Ontario

Condo Owners Association – Ontario

Toronto Condo News

 British Columbia

Strata Housing (BC Government site)

The Condominium Home Owners Association

Vancouver Island Strata Owners Association

The Condominium Owners Association of B.C.

Quebec

 Co-ownership Definitions

Condo Information Centre for Owners and Future Owners

Condo .ca

CondoBusiness

Condopædia

 Alberta

Condo Law for Albertans

 

Legal Condo Cases – Straight from the Source

Interviews with the attorneys involved with important cases

 

Canadian Condominium Blogs

 

Ontario Condo Law Blog

Condo Reporter

Michelle Kelly’s Condo Law Blog

Canadian Condominium Institute Videos