Are You Serious? Volume 11.

Aggregating the real estate of condominium commentary, opinion, tragedy and truth being told to the public. Buy into the author’s thought or sell your own. For legal advice, consult a professional condominium lawyer.

Don’t Get Caught; Be Ready for the Inspection

THERE ARE SEVEN THINGS that a manager needs to have to be compliant should an inspector from the Ministry of Labour randomly visit the site. These are: Source: Laura Lee, RCM, ACCI, CCP, Del Property Management, ACMO – Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario

Three Ways Boards Run Afoul of Their Statutory Duties

There are many duties the current Condominium Act (1998) requires directors to fulfill. Case law and experience suggest that there are certain duties that some boards and their directors tend to run afoul of or choose to ignore. Here are three common breaches and tips on how to avoid them:  Source: Sonja Hodis, Hodislaw

Federal Elections: Canvassing and Electoral Signs in Condos

And they’re off to the races !!

The prime minister has asked the Governor General to dissolve parliament, setting the stage for Canada next general election. Blue, green, orange and red electoral signs (we’ve listed them alphabetically) will soon be popping everywhere and candidates will start canvassing. In fact, two local candidates have already knocked on my door, soliciting my support. Source: Rod Escayola, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

Trespassing in Condos

Trespassing is an issue many condominiums have to address at some point in time. Maybe the condominium is located beside a local hangout, like a school, a mall, or a park. Maybe the common elements include features that attract people to the property, like railings for skateboarding or a large green space for tossing a football around. Source: Michelle Kelly, Robson Carpenter LLP

Back to Basics: What is a Common Element Condominium Corporation?

“Back to Basics” is a new series that will appear regularly and examine common, but rarely considered, issues. The option to create different types of condominium corporations was first introduced by the Condominium Act (the “Act”) in 1998. Once the Act came into force in 2001, developers had the option to create one of four alternate types of condominiums: Source: Justin McLarty, Miller Thomson LLP 

Condominium Culture Shock

Condominiums are marketed to the public as a “worry-free lifestyle” – no need to mow the lawn in the summer, no need to shovel snow in the winter, access to amenities, and a property manager to take care of everything in between. People are understandably drawn to the features of condominium living that increase convenience and shorten their to-do lists in today’s busy world. Source: Kelli-Anne Day, Merovitz Potechin LLP