Condo Life Library – 3rd Quarter 2020

NBA Toronto Raptors play hoops in the Walt Disney World bubble this summer while some fans watch from their communal condo bubble.

Welcome to the Ontario education and jobs portal of my condo home library, the Condorary

The home life playing court of building staff, contractors, 3 levels of government, owners, owner landlords and tenants is under the direction of  self-managed corporations or condominium property management and a board of directors. 

Hoops à la condo!

Access to organizations is formatted as follows: Click on the organization name to go to their website. Click on the title of their article to arrive at the latest post on their blog or article collection. Click on an editorial selected topic of interest for the actual post.

Property Management Bookcase

Did you know that one referee, the Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario (CMRAO) is the licensing branch that regulates the condominium market with the team from the Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario (ACMO)?

Feature Videos – Code of Ethics Regulation – February 1, 2018  (1:34)  Code de déontologie – février 1 2018  (1:50)

Condominium Managers – The Silent Shareholders

In today’s world, criticism, be it constructive or negative, needs to be taken seriously and acted upon swiftly. Within the condominium industry, a condominium manager has very strict guidelines to follow, as well as the personal responsibility to create and strengthen fundamental moral values and principals, which will remain with them throughout their careers. Source: Afreez Rahemtulla © 2020 ACMO – The Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario , Summary: 2nd quarter blog post count – 1. condominium managers – the silent shareholders .

Ontario Moving Toronto and Peel Region into Stage 2

The Ontario government is allowing more businesses and services to open and getting more people back to work by moving the City of Toronto and Peel Region into Stage 2 on Wednesday. This decision was made in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and the local medical officers. © 2020 ACMO – The Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario , Summary: 2nd quarter news post count – 31, COVID-19 (31). Ontario moving Toronto and Peel Region into stage 2

Feature PDF –   CM Magazine Summer 2020 Issue The RCM designation is a way for condominium managers to set themselves apart from a General Licensee, and has become recognized as a marker of a serious, well-prepared and dedicated professional.  Source: © 2020 ACMO – The Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario.

Feature Video – ACMO – The Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario (1:56) 

Dribble the ball into the  ACMO Video Library  containing 8 posts of which 6 are a construction oriented  education series. 

Condominium Management / Property Management Courses

Behind the bench the following colleges have programs with the four exams needed by ACMO – The Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario for licensing of condominium managers.   Centennial College – Part Time Learning  |   Conestoga College – Continuing Education   |  George Brown College – Continuing Education  |   Humber College – Condominium Management  |   Humber College – Property Management  |   Mohawk College – Continuing Education  |   Seneca College – Part-Time Studies     |  Sheridan College – Continuing and Professional Studies   |  Sir Sandford Fleming College – Continuing Education

The above may not be a comprehensive list of sources or a link may change. Use OntarioLearn below to find the most up-to-date information and other industry related courses.

OntarioLearn

“It’s the most impressive collection of shared online college courses in North America, right at your fingertips.  All 24 of Ontario’s publicly-funded colleges are working together in OntarioLearn to offer you easy access to a wide variety of high-quality courses, programs and services online. Search our inventory to find your online course or program at a preferred start date, register with one of our member colleges that offers it, and log in to our Portal for one-stop access to your learning.” Source: ©OntarioLearn 2016

Property Management Jobs in Ontario  at the time of writing supplies the job seeker with a list of 491 positions with job descriptions and sometimes salary. For condo owners and students who want more knowledge of what property management is about, reading want ads may wrinkle the eyebrows.

Owner and Tenant Bookcase

An essential business of great interest for both potential condo owners and condominium managers is the Tarion new home warranty program and  registry of all new home builders  in Ontario.

How to Maintain a Healthy Home

Protecting our health has never been more important. While health experts encourage frequent hand washing and coughing and sneezing into our sleeves to combat the spread of germs, many forget that maintenance within your home can also help keep you and your loved ones healthy. Source: © 2020 Tarion. Summary: 2nd quarter blog post count – 1. how to maintain a healthy home .

Feature VideoHas My Home Builder Been Convicted? (1:15)

Dribble out of the paint and into the Tarion Warranty Corporation Video Library for 100 posts of helpful information resources for owners in both old and new buildings.

Condo owners across the province have access to one organization which provides networking for individuals and corporations to help build a sense of community, solve problems, advanced director training, contractor introductions and information about condo issues of the day by participating legal experts. The Canadian Condominium Institute (CCI) has 17 chapters nationally with 8 being in Ontario. The Toronto chapter is the most active.

Legislative Newsflash – EWRB Extended Deadline & Changes to the Employment Standards Act

The Ministry of Energy is aware that the outbreak of COVID-19 may have a significant impact on large building owners’ ability to satisfy the July 1, 2020 reporting deadline. Due to the challenges created as a direct consequence of COVID-19, the Ministry will accept the submission of the 2020 reporting year data from large building owners until October 1, 2020. Source: © 2020 CCI National. Summary: 2nd quarter news post count – 14. EWRB extended deadline & changes to the Employment Standards Act , consumer protection – home warranties , a day in the life of a property manager

Feature PDF – Condovoice Summer 2020 Issue Source: © 2020 CCI Toronto

Feature Podcast – Property Management Issues (8:29)

Dribble into the CCI National Podcast Library  with podcasts going back to July 2015.

Feature Video – Checking In … an Engineer, a President & a Pandemic  (11:35) Source: © 2020 CCI Toronto

Feature Video – Electronic Meeting and Voting Bylaws – What You Need to Know  (1:13:20) Source: Huronia Chapter © 2020 CCI National 

The CCI National Video Library  and  CCI Toronto Video Library are open for visitor scrimmage play 24/7. 

Owner / Director Training

Condominium Authority of Ontario

“The CAO Director Training Program is provided online and free-of charge, and is also available to condominium owners, residents, managers and the broader condominium community. Feedback on the training has been very positive, with an average of 88% of survey respondents reporting very high satisfaction and over 95% would recommend the training. The CAO’s Director Training Program consists of 21 short e-modules covering important topics that are relevant to condo board directors.  The online modules are short, easy to follow, and include knowledge checks that provide multiple opportunities to answer correctly before moving on to new content. There is no pass/fail exam.” Source: © The Condominium Authority of Ontario (CAO)

Condominium Law Courses

The courses below may be the first of four exams required by ACMO – The Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario for licensing of condominium managers. Although a board director is not required to take a course of this type, it is an optional upgrade for any condo owner.    Centennial College – Part Time Learning  |   Conestoga College – Continuing Education       |  Confederation College  |   Fanshawe College  |   George Brown College – Continuing Education        |  Georgian College – Continuing Education  |   Niagara College Canada – Part-Time Studies   |    Sheridan College – Continuing and Professional Studies  |   Sir Sandford Fleming College – Continuing Education

On July 13, 2020 the crew chief, the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services , proposed a Condo Guide to come into effect for December 1, 2020. The public is asked to provide input to this proposal by August 14, 2020. Interested persons can  visit the Regulatory Registery  for all the information and reply.

Also, effective September 1, 2020, a second referee, the Condominium Authority of Ontario (CAO) will host the Notice of Future Funding of the Reserve Fund and Summary of Lease or Renewal forms on it’s website. Details of these forms are found as items 18 and 19 on the delegated  Condominium Forms  list.

Life is simple … air, sunshine, water, diet and exercise. After that, the NBA champions’ starting lineup and the bench mob may agree that everything seems to get complicated.

Drive for a slam dunk in the fan’s social conversation about communitarianism in the most recent Condo Law Chit-Chat quarterly post. 

Take a fade-away shot at the Ontario condo buying and selling trends to estimate how much your team’s units may be worth in the current quarterly Condo Statistics post.

Launch a 3 pointer from behind the arc and find out how the crew chief  and referee system of  communalism works and affects the life of condo owners, condo tenants, condominium property management and law practices in the most recent quarterly Condo Trust and Verify post.

How can we have a different life with indifferent people?

Be safe.

Condo Law Chit-Chat – 2nd Quarter 2020

Is there more to living than hiding from an invisible virus? Of course, let’s talk about it.

If competence is the enemy of adversity, by all means get some, get some more from experts on condominium issues, organize it and use it. 

Welcome to the Ontario field of condominium legal experts in my condo home library, the Condorary.

Which condominium law practices of lawyers shine brilliantly through public engagement in education of condominium managers and condo owners through organizations such as ACMO and CCI chapters or are otherwise committed to assisting current and future clients in solving their problems? 

Are there other legal stars in the provincial constellation? Just like a shooting star in the night sky, a few will wink in and out of here at hyper-warp speed while others remain pinpoints of faint light to find elsewhere. We witnessed 3 twinkle through in the prior quarter.

The second quarter consists of 140 posts (written & recorded) by 8 condo law firms (alphabetically listed) below with a minimum 85 (60.7%) of them related to COVID-19 for anyone who wishes a deeper immersion in this faster-than-a-streaking-meteor-changing topic. 

Access to any law practice is formatted as follows: Click on the law firm name to go to their website. Click on the title of their article to arrive at the latest post on their blog or article collection. Click on an editorial selected topic of interest for the actual post.

Have an interest in registering for a live podcast or webinar to ask questions? Visit the websites of the legal professionals below who offer them for the date and time of their next scheduled event.

 What About Requiring That Face Masks Be Worn on the Common Elements?

As our readers are no doubt aware, the advice from public authorities in relation to face masks has been variable. At some times we have been told that face masks should be worn (in order to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19). At other times we have been told that face masks are not helpful. Source: James Davidson, © 2017 Davidson Houle Allen LLP . Summary: Quarter post count – 41, Topics – COVID-19 (23), Order in council, Condopedia, line of credit, returning to in-person board meetings  , sending a notice of lien, Smoke Free Ontario Act, 2017, who pays the cost to redact records when owners request documents, insurance coverage for consequential damage, province extends emergency until July 15, 2020 . requiring that face masks be worn on the common elements .

Feature Podcast – Episode 4 – Conducting Virtual Meetings during these physical distancing times (1:00:22)

Feature Video – Episode 1 – Introduction to Condopedia    (3:16)

The Davidson Houle Allen Video Library contains podcasts converted to videos also.

COVID-19 Bulletin No. 21: What is “Open” and What is “Closed” in Stage 2?

The Ontario Government recently released its “Framework for Reopening our Province”, which lays out the Province’s approach to restarting the economy. It includes guiding principles and public health recommendations that the Government will use to gradually and safely re-open business, services, and public spaces. Source: © Elia Associates Professional Corporation. Summary: Quarter post count – 9, Topics – COVID-19 (8), banning visitors, frustration of contracts, collections, what is open and closed in Stage 2

Condominium Meetings – Bill 190 and Amendments to Condominium Act, 1998 – May 13, 2020 Update

On May 12, 2020, the provincial legislature approved (temporary) amendments to the Condominium Act, 1998 (the “Act”) as part of Bill 190, the “COVID-19 Response and Reforms to Modernize Ontario Act, 2020”. Source: © David E. Thiel, Fogler, Rubinoff LLP. Summary: Quarter post count – 6, Topics – COVID-19 (5), CAT takes a hard line on reasonable excuses, condominium meetings  .

Feature Video – COVID19 and Condos   (1:05:29)

The Fogler, Rubinoff Video Library contains 1 video presently. Help yourself to their feature information above.

Can Condos Prohibit Canadian Flags?

With Canada Day just around the corner, Canadian flags will start popping up everywhere, including in Condo Land.  Inevitably, this will lead to a yearly question:  can condos prohibit owners from displaying their maple leaf pride? Source: Rod Escayola, © 2020 Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP. Summary: Quarter post count – 25, Topics – COVID-19 (24),e-meeting and e-voting by-laws , can condos prohibit Canadian flags  , can I BBQ on my condo balcony .

Feature Video –  Coronavirus Episode 7: The long and winding road (1:05:56)

Visit the Gowling WLG Video Library of international content which also contains information about other aspects of law.

COVID-19 & Residential Tenancy Law in Toronto

COVID-19 has quickly circled the globe and is causing havoc across the planet. The flu spread through China, Europe and now has hit the United States. Here in Canada, the virus has started to spread in several provinces, and non-essential businesses have begun to shut their doors. Employment insurance applications are in the millions, and hundreds of thousands of Canadians are already facing down rent and bills they might not be able to pay. Source: Horlick Levitt Di Lella LLP, Summary: Quarter post count – 22, Topics – COVID-19 (?), residential tenancy law .  

Feature Video – HLD’s Case Law Corner, Episode 7 feat. Paneet Bhandal – Estanol v. YCC No. 299   (3:47)

The HLD Lawyers Video Library contains case law videos and recorded webinars. Watch as a participant’s law questions are answered along with other insights.

Disruptive and Violent Condo Owner – A Court Decision on Enforcement

In a recent case titled Peel Standard Condominium Corporation No. 1028 v. Jakacki (2020) ONSC 3697, the Ontario Superior Court was tasked with deciding whether to grant a temporary injunction preventing the Respondent, a unit owner, from using the common areas of the Applicant condominium corporation except for ingress and egress. Source:Sarah Morrey, © 2017 Lash Condo Law. Summary: Quarter post count – 20, Topics – COVID-19 (10), screening and prohibiting visitors, oppression remedy, virtual meetings and electronic voting for condo AGM’s – Bill 190, record requests & solicitor – client privilege, understanding virtual owners meetings and electronic voting for condos , disruptive and violent condo owner , short term rentals – Toronto zoning bylaw upheld .

Are you interested in decreasing the expense side of the balance sheet?: Ontario assessment appeal deadline extended to May 29, 2020

The Ontario deadline to file assessment appeals under the Assessment Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. A.31. has been extended to May 29, 2020.  You might be asking: Why should I care?  Source: Tara Piurko, Tamara Farber, Aaron Atcheson, © Miller Thomson LLP 2020. Summary: Quarter post count – 7, Topics – COVID-19 (4), assessment appeal deadline, recover insurance premium increases from owners .

COVID-19 Resources & Update

As you may have noticed, I have not blogged about COVID-19 much these past few months. This was an intentional decision based on a number of factors. The situation was evolving so quickly that it seemed like my advice was changing almost daily at times depending on the recent statistics, public health recommendations, emergency orders, and the law. Source: Michelle Kelly, © Robson Carpenter LLP. Summary: Quarter post count – 10, Topics – COVID-19 (3), caremongering in condos, talking on a balcony, CAT self-managed not an excuse, new financial option for condominiums, virtual condo meetings, COVID-19 resources & update  , can unit owners examine opinions or invoices from the condominium’s lawyer .

Explore what else is happening with owners, directors, condo managers and career seeking students in the latest quarterly Condo Life Library post.

Discover the Ontario condo buying and selling trends and how much your unit may be worth in the current quarterly Condo Statistics post.

Read about and/or listen to how the Ontario government works and affects the life of condo owners, condo tenants, condominium property management and law practices in the most recent quarterly Condo Trust and Verify post.

Make yourself a Happy Canada Day!