Can Someone Enter My Condo Unit Without Permission?
There are many unique aspects of condominium living that do not necessarily align with the expectations of condominium owners. As discussed in a previous post, Condominium Culture Shock, condominium owners are often surprised by the powers that condominium corporations have...Read More
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...Read More
Filing Returns with the Condominium Authority of Ontario
Condominium corporations in Ontario are required to file specific returns with the Condominium Authority of Ontario (CAO). While this may seem like a simple practice, the consequences of not filing the proper returns on time can impact not only condominium...Read More
Ontario condominium law: Are all the rules legal?
Condominium living can come with a lot of rules. Ontario residents may wonder whether some of those rules are legal under condominium law. For instance, there are rules that stipulate what paint colours can be used in a unit or...Read More
Buying A Home: Backing Out Of A Purchase
For most residential real estate purchases - both houses and condos - there is a grace period where you may retract your offer before it is accepted. But once that offer is accepted - barring any conditions that are not...Read More
Condo Law: Who Handles Condo Repairs?
The short answer to this question is that some repairs are handled by unit owners, and some by condo management. The distinction between the two should be carefully outlined within the condo corporation's declaration and by-laws.Typically, unit owners are responsible...Read More
Condo Units Are Increasingly Popular Amongst Boomers
Baby boomers (generally those born between the late 1940s to 1960s) are beginning to show signs of downsizing. According to an article in the National Post, their millennial children (generally those born during the 1980s and 1990s) are finally beginning...Read More
Getting Along With Your Condo Management Team
Most condo corporations have a set of rules and regulations for living in their properties. These rules should be provided to new owners before they take ownership of a unit. They are in place to ensure the continued enjoyment and...Read More
What is a condo declaration?
A condo declaration, as defined by the Condominium Authority of Ontario, is a collection of documents that allow a condominium corporation to be formed. Sometimes called a "declaration and description," these documents are filed with the land registry office as...Read More
Improved rules to vehicle charging incentive programs in condos
In addition to pools, weight rooms, and car cleaning services, more condominiums may soon add electric vehicle charging systems to their list of amenities. Announced on May 1st, 2018, the "Electric Vehicle Charging Incentive Program" has created new rules to...Read More