Mumble. Grumble. Foul language. They should “etcetera … etcetera …” ad infinitum. Have heard this for years around our condo complex. What those who are expressing this sentiment have in common is they do not know what a Board Director is supposed to do. Nor do they take the time to find out.
Maybe that attitude will change for the better now that Directors are required after November 1, 2017 to take mandatory training or else be removed from the Board of their condominium corporation by the government.
A plus is that condo owners can also take the training to understand what is expected of a Board Director before unwisely complaining or to run for election to make their Board better than ever.
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Source: Condominium Authority of Ontario CAO.
Over the ages, the Gods have known that people generally do not know how to get along. As the original version of Condominium Act began demonstrating this reality, condo owners began asking the government to fix the situation it created. What came first, the chicken or the egg? Hmmm. Thus a revised version of the Act was deemed necessary.
In a unique solution to save the average citizen a tax increase, two new agencies were instituted to deal with the problems. The Condominium Authority of Ontario (CAO) and the Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario (CMRAO) are financed by the Condo owners themselves not the government. At the time of this writing, each Condo owner pays a Loonie per month (a dozen per annum) through their maintenance fee in an effort to resolve any differences that arise. The moral of this story seems to be that the more problems are made for others by the few, the more money will be paid by the many to encourage the few to keep doing the same thing over and over and expect a different result. Like being insane, eh?
Is it possible that the ostrich with it’s head in the sand, has had its pants pulled down and set up for accidental penetration?
For more information on The Condominium Authority of Ontario (CAO) click on this link.
For more information on The Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario (CMRAO) click on this link.
In our condo, the majority of owners have never looked at the most important piece of legislation that affects their lives. Written at the grade 5 level of English for comprehension, some expect it to be in some form of “legalese”, whatever that means to them.
Our multi-cultural condo community does have persons who speak English poorly and may not be able to read the language. They would need assistance in some manner just as a blind person.
For those of us who may have an interest or desire to help a neighbour, the Condominium Act is conveniently available to read online, download or print.
Click on this link and exercise your eyeballs.
Source: © Queen’s Printer for Ontario, 2012-19