Last Update: October 21, 2020
In the beginning was The Condominium Act, 1998. A social contract for buying into quality housing and carefree living. Pay your money and someone else will do all the work is one way to daydream about it … but wait a minute.
Secondly came The Declaration describing usage of the building and land. Over time, may need to be changed.
Third came The Bylaws and The Rules made up by volunteer owners called Directors telling owners how they are to act in, on and around the building and land. A task mightier than building championship teams of MLB Toronto Blue Jays, NHL Toronto Maple Leafs and NBA Toronto Raptors all in one year. Are their initial thoughts set in stone? Probably not after a generation or two. Another level of governance linked into the chain of Federal, Provincial and Municipal command now paid for by the owners . Volunteers require direction? By whom?
Fourth came The Owners who may or may not have, on their own recognizance or on the advice of their real estate agent and/or lawyer, read over the documentation of the Declaration, the Bylaws, the Rules and the Status Certificate before buying a property which may not be suited to their expected lifestyle or rental investment goals and forgot it all in 48 hours or less.
A few are pointedly shocked or outraged just a few days prior to closing a deal that they cannot do or have what they want. Bad news for sellers and real estate agents with inaccurate listings.
Can you imagine the differing attitudes and behaviour of owners because they are the boss, right? “I own this place!”. “Possession is 9 tenths of the law!.” Seems the emotion of buying and owning a piece of residential hi-rise apartment housing or a townhouse complex is like the excitement of winning the 649 Lottery grand prize. Until the reality of their actions comes for a visit … an owner may think about becoming a volunteer Director on the corporation Board but usually not. Both owners and buyers of old and new projects require advice? By whom?
Finally comes The Property Management Company to look after the workings of the physical building, land and legislated paperwork; enforce all the federal, provincial and municipal laws, regulations and owner made rules with the owners and tenants.
Picture yourself as a property manager with 50 or more owner bosses telling you enthusiastically; with certainty, how to run the corporation better to suit themselves individually yet can’t agree civilly with their next door neighbour on whether or not to wear a mask in the current pandemic.
How about the absentee owner landlord who neglects to mention or enforce the corporation regulations to follow with the renter whom he/she is responsible for financially at a minimum.
What would you do? Laugh, cry or — ?
Some residents try to understand and respect what their unique condominium culture is while others do not or will not. Some can not because of mental disease. Property managers require guidance? By whom?
What kind of social contract is this? Is the legal profession a good career choice? If the ancient Gods are not laughing yet, they have no sense of humour.
Over thousands of years it is self-evident that all human experience takes place inside the body not outside the body of a person. Think the 5 senses. People only act for self-serving reasons, no matter what they say or you think. The subconscious message here is that we need to look to others to make decisions for us, that we are not capable. But that is not true, we are capable. Another endless psychological drama for owners to pay for?
While appearing to be an ostrich with it’s head buried in the sand, have our owner pants been pulled down for deeper penetration later? Heads up.
Join me on the journey through the wealth of thought and emotion to enrich the development of our intelligence and perception as the condominium game progresses.
How to Use the Ontario Condominium Culture Site
Welcome to my condo home library, the Condorary.
All posts documenting Ontario condominium culture are placed in one of four clickable categories:
1) Ontario Condominium Real Estate Governance – where questions about provincial government who, how, what and when are looked at. The why is what you answer for yourself.
2) Ontario Condominium Real Estate Law Practices – a roundtable of information from real estate lawyers about current issues various high-rise or townhouse communities may be facing as they see it in their areas of the province.
3) Ontario Condominium Real Estate Life – focusing on property management and owner or tenant education for those who are looking for answers to any questions they may have.
4) Ontario Condominium Real Estate Data – statistics, analysis and commentary on your property’s financial health. Essential if you want to list your condo for sale or for rent.
Like to take a chance? Click on the Blog link at the top of the page and let’s see which one of the four categories above pops up.