Condominium Real Estate Governance – Qtr1/20 | Condo Mania

Last Update: April 26, 2020.

Condominium Real Estate Governance asks if authoritarian control is growing an environment for a better life worth living? You be the judge.

Welcome to the Ontario condominium real estate governance area of my condo home library, the Condorary.

Is it not so that the siren song of the authoritarian cannot be found on Apple Music®, Google Play®, Youtube Music®, Spotify® or Stingray®? The power over people who feel helpless for whatever reason is the music that fills it’s heart. Et tu, reader?

The Ontario government musical score is divided into 2 sections. One for property management (CMRAO) and one for condo owners (CAO). Each agency is followed by looking back quarterly at their publications even though links to blogs, podcasts, posts and videos may provide more recent resources.

What does CMRAO mean and what does it do?

In order to provide condominium management services, all individuals and businesses require a licence from the Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario (CMRAO) as of November 2017.

CMRAO regulation is a mechanism whereby condo management professionals are licensed, have a binding code of ethics and conform to education and experience preconditions. In addition, complaint supervision promotes public protection and qualified condo management services.

The CMRAO website has an online public registry available to search for individuals and companies that are licensed in Ontario.

Coronavirus Protocol in Condos

The CMRAO has received several inquiries from condo managers about the protocol to follow when facing a possible coronavirus case in a condominium community. Here are some recommendations for reducing the transmission of the coronavirus: Source: © Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario (CMRAO).  Summary: Quarter post count – 4, Topics – COVID-19 condo protocol, condo manager licence fees, licensee regulatory compliance,  proxies and proxy forms

Webinar Recording: The Complaints Process

The CMRAO’s Ali Arlani, CEO and Registrar, and Sandy Vizely, Deputy Registrar, discuss the CMRAO complaints process. © Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario (CMRAO).

The CMRAO Video Library contains videos in English and French. Help yourself to recorded webinars, instructional materials and other insights.

What is a condominium and how is it different from private home ownership?

By The Way … Condominium corporations are legal entities. All owners can be sued for matters for which they are collectively liable. Likewise, all owners have the right to sue for damages to the common property.

As a condominium owner, you are automagically a member of a condominium corporation with certain rights and responsibilities. A crucial right is to vote at general meetings on matters that affect the corporation and help elect the board of directors.

The board of directors is usually made up of individual owners and takes responsibility for the management of the corporation’s business affairs. If the board does not retain a condominium management company to oversee the real estate then the corporation is self-managed entirely by the directors.

An owner has the responsibility to participate in the governing of the condominium by attending any general meetings and information sessions, becoming a director or on a committee and by voting. It is essential to read the corporation’s budget and financial statements, the minutes of meetings and other information sent to members. Neglect may lead to increased condo maintenance fees, liens or a lump sum payment (special assessment) for example for repairs.

The Condominium Authority of Ontario (CAO) provides consumer protection for owners and assistance for directors in the form of information and resources regarding general issues, rights and responsibilities along with updates to condominium law changes.

The CAO provides free online training for directors (mandatory) to assist boards in becoming effective. The training may be taken by owners for some understanding of or interest in becoming a board member.

The 17 standard condominium forms in use are provided by the CAO online.

A searchable online registry of approximately 12,000  condominium corporations in Ontario is publicly available from the CAO according to regulation.

For unresolvable issues the CAO provides access to the CAT which is an online dispute resolution system.

Business and Service Operations Continuity related to COVID-19

On March 11, 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) a pandemic, with more than 100 countries reporting cases. Source: © The Condominium Authority of Ontario (CAO). Summary: Quarter post count – 2, Topics – COVID-19 business and services operations continuity, consultation on topics under the Condominium Act, 1998

The CAO Video Library contains videos in English and French. Help yourself to recorded webinars, instructional materials and other insights.

What does CAT mean and what does it do?

The Condominium Authority Tribunal, or the CAT, is an online tribunal that helps to resolve and decide condominium-related disputes in Ontario.  The CAT has developed an online dispute resolution system (CAT-ODR) to help people resolve their disputes conveniently, quickly and affordably, while encouraging everyone to work together in healthy condominium communities.” Source: © The Condominium Authority of Ontario (CAO)

The CAT Video Library contains videos in English and French. Currently, all videos explain how the tribunal works in easy to understand steps.

When following the legal social conversation, there may be references to some Ontario court decisions. Condominium cases made public can be found below.

Ontario Condominium Authority Tribunal Decisions

The CAT’s decisions are available without charge on the Canadian Legal Information Institute’s (CanLII) website. CanLII is a non-profit organization that provides free access to legal information online. Source: © The Condominium Authority of Ontario (CAO). Summary: Quarter decision count – 7

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