What is changing come November 1, 2017?

timeWe are only days away now from the next phase of amendments to the Condominium Act, 1998 (and other statutes) from the Protecting Condominium Owners Act, 2015 (Bill 106). The first phase created the Condominium Authority of Ontario (CAO), which is the authority responsible for overseeing the Condominium Act, 1998 and improving condominium living in Ontario. With so many changes described in Bill 106 and talk about phasing in the amendments, the question I am most often asked is “What is changing next?” Continue reading

Condo Managers: Licence Application Details Now Available!

appAs you probably know, the Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario (CMRAO) is set to start regulating condominium managers and management companies on November 1, 2017. The first phase will be the licensing of managers. The second phase will be the regulation of managers in February of 2018. From the information available so far, the regulation will be similar to other professionals in that there will be a complaints process that includes possible discipline if a manager has acted improperly in carrying out his or her duties. The details on the regulation of managers will be saved for another post; today’s post will focus on the licensing.

Who must apply?

All individuals and companies providing condominium management services, which includes:

  1. Collecting or holding contributions to the common expenses or other amounts levied by, or payable to, the corporation; or
  2. Exercising delegated powers and duties of the corporation or its board of directors, including: making payments to third parties on behalf of the corporation; negotiating or entering into contracts on behalf of the corporation, or supervising employees or contractors hired or engaged by the corporation.

Self-managed boards or others hired by condominiums (i.e. accountants, bookkeepers) may be exempt from the licence requirements, but care must be taken to ensure a licence is not required.

What type of licence do I apply for?

One of the most difficult questions for managers to tackle might be “Which licence do I apply for?” Because there are limits on the tasks that managers with limited licences will be able to perform, most managers will want to apply for transitional or general licences, if they qualify. On the other hand, no one wants to waste time (and money) applying for a licence that they won’t be granted by the CMRAO. Fortunately, the CMRAO’s website has a short guide to assist managers; there is even an interactive feature to help determine the most appropriate application if the manager is willing to answer a few basic questions.

How do I apply?

While the application forms themselves are not available as of the date of this post, there are detailed lists of the requirements for each type of licence:

http://www.cmrao.ca/licensing/applying-for-a-licence/general-licence/

http://www.cmrao.ca/licensing/transitional-general-licence/

http://www.cmrao.ca/licensing/applying-for-a-licence/limited-licence/

http://www.cmrao.ca/licensing/applying-for-a-licence/condo-management-firm-licence/ 

Given the time involved in some of the requirements (i.e. police check), I would start gathering the required information sooner rather than later. There is a $150.00 application fee for each manager’s application. This application fee is on top of the annual fees that managers will be obliged to pay to the CMRAO.

Annual Fees

Not surprisingly, there will be annual fees associated with the licences. For limited licences, the fee is $379.00. For transitional general licences and general licences, the fee is $607.00. For management companies, the fee is $799.00 plus $350.00/licensed manager employed. The fees for the first year will be prorated since licensing will be for the period of November 2017 to June 30, 2018. As an incentive to get applications in early, the CMRAO has indicated that managers who submit their applications between November 1 and December 15, 2017 and pay their fee thin 30 days of receiving their approval notice will receive a discount of 10% on their initial annual fee.

For more information, visit http://www.cmrao.ca. Given that we are only a few weeks away from mandatory licensing, I would check the website regularly for updates and the application forms.