Condo Stats – Toronto & Area

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Earlier this year I posted updated statistics for the Grand River and Golden Horseshoe areas. Today, I’m focusing on Toronto and surrounding areas, including York, Peel and Durham.

As of August 8, 2017, Toronto had 2602 condominium corporations. Today, that number has grown to 2714. The last one registered is a 12 floor building with 642 units (about 180 of which appear to be parking or storage units).

As of August 8, 2017, York had 1240 condominium corporations. Today, that number is 1406! The last condominium registered has 372 units.

Peel had 1021 condominium corporations on August 8, 2017. As of today, Peel has 1054 condominium corporations. The last one registered is a mammoth with 975 units over 5 floors (in several buildings).

Finally, as of August 8, 2017, Durham had 285 condominium corporations. While it has the fewest condominium corporations, Durham continues to have impressive growth. It now has 308 condominium corporations. The last registered has 224 units.

As said in previous posts,  the total number is not the number of active condominiums. Some condominiums have been terminated or amalgamated so the “real” numbers are less than those above. I understand the CAO is working on obtaining a list of the “real” number so hopefully it will be able to start releasing statistics to the public soon.

That’s it for now.  Share this post and let me know what area you want statistics for next!

Kitec – Don’t Forget the Deadline to Submit a Claim

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It seems like many years since the Ontario Superior Court of Justice entered an Order for Approval of Class Action Settlement back on November 29, 2011 and the Kitec Settlement Agreement (“Kitec Settlement”) for defective plumbing systems became effective way back on January 9, 2012.

I suppose 7 years is a long time depending on how you look at things, especially as discussions about Kitec have also seemingly faded into the background at industry events in recent years as new hot button topics  such as amendments to the Condominium Act, 1998, cannabis legalization, and electronic vehicles have all arisen.

We last wrote about Kitec in March of 2017 reminding condominiums the first step should be to contact their engineer to determine if the condominium has a Kitec plumbing system, then filing a claim and/or consulting the Condominium’s lawyer. You can read the post here: https://ontcondolaw.com/2017/03/07/kitec-piping-claims/

So here again is a friendly reminder for condominiums in Ontario that the deadline to submit a claim form to be eligible to be included in the Kitec Settlement is fast approaching: January 9, 2020.

You can find the claim form, information regarding the case/settlement, and FAQs here:  http://www.kitecsettlement.com/index.cfm

Finally, just a few key reminders about completing the claim form and providing supporting documentation to file a claim:

  1. Complete the whole form – if sections/questions are inapplicable remember to note “N/A”
  2. Make sure to provide copies of invoices and cancelled cheques for plumbing services . My understanding is banks can be quite slow to provide old archived cheques to the condominium so make sure to get on this request quickly.
  3. If possible – provide a sample of a failed Kitec fitting and an engineering report to support the condominium’s claim; and
  4. Finally, if the condominium has suffered numerous plumbing failures over the years it may be best to complete one comprehensive claim. Already made a claim but the condominium has suffered further plumbing failures? Submit a new claim. Organizational Tip: Use a spreadsheet to track the cancelled cheques and plumbing invoices to be submitted with the claim.

Condo in a Condo

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Our firm represents a growing number of condominiums that are units (or more commonly parcels of tied land) within larger condominium communities. Layer upon layer of condominium. The top layer is often a common elements condominium. The other layer could be high-rises, a cluster of townhouses, single-detached homes, or a combination of them all! As long as the developer complies with the requirements of the Act and its regulations (and other pieces of legislation) the condominium concept can be used in some very unique ways. Continue reading

Back to School…Condo Resources

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Today, I thought that I would do something a little different and list some of the free resources available to those with condo questions. Your condo manager might also be able to help with some questions, like where to find the declaration, by-laws and rules (note: many condominiums have websites where key documents can be obtained free of charge). Here are a few of my favourite resources:

Condominium Authority of Ontario (CAO)

The CAO is an organization (independent from the government) that aims to improve condominium living by providing resources and services. All condominiums in Ontario are obligated to file returns to the CAO with basic information about the condo, its directors and manager, and update the information when it changes. The information received by the CAO is available on the public database on its website. Continue reading

Electricity and Water Reporting Obligations: the Who, What, Where, Why & When

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We recently spoke to some managers about legal updates related to laws applicable to condominiums, other than the Condominium Act, 1998. One being the Electricity Act, 1998, and specifically Ontario Regulation 506/18, which outlines the reporting obligations related to energy consumption and water use. There were questions about the “who, what, where, why and when”, so this post is intended to provide a very brief overview of the basics on a condominium’s obligation to report its electricity consumption and water usage.

Who:

Condominiums with a) 10 or more units; and, b) at least 50,000 square feet of gross floor area, must comply with the reporting obligations set out in Regulation noted above. Continue reading

CCI GHC Conference – Register Now!

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The next CCI-GHC conference, The Future is Now! Let’s Face it Together, is quickly approaching on May 3rd and 4th, 2019 in Stoney Creek. There will be educational sessions on a variety of topics and a trade show with the exhibitors. The Friday event is for property managers only. It will feature speakers from the CAO and CMRAO. A social event will follow with prizes for the managers in attendance. The Saturday event is open to all attendees and will feature a keynote session, 10 educational sessions (including the always popular Rapid Fire Legal), and a trade show.

CCI-GHC has prepared a useful flyer explaining the benefits of attending the conference. You can download it here: http://cci-ghc.ca/broadcast/pdf/GHC-Conf-Why-You-Should-Attend.pdf  Register now to avoid disappointment!

For the business members, there are a few booths and sponsorship spots left for purchase. You can purchase them online at the GHC website: https://cci-ghc.ca/sponsor-exhibitor-registration

Condo Stats – Golden Horseshoe

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Today, I am going to update a previous post we did on condo stats for the Golden Horseshoe area as I did earlier this week for Grand River. For those unfamiliar with the area, the Golden Horseshoe includes Halton, Hamilton-Wentworth, Niagara, Haldimand, and Norfolk.  In the next few weeks I’ll provide statistics for the other areas of Ontario.

As of June 27, 2017, the Golden Horseshoe had 1665 registered condominium corporations:

  • Halton – 672
  • Hamilton-Wentworth – 552
  • Niagara – 391
  • Haldimand – 17
  • Norfolk – 33

As of January 22, 2019,  the Golden Horseshoe now has 1722 condominium corporations registered:

  • Halton – 695
  • Hamilton-Wentworth – 570
  • Niagara – 401
  • Haldimand – 19
  • Norfolk – 37

As said in my previous post,  the total number is not the number of active condominiums. Some condominiums have been terminated or amalgamated so the “real” numbers are less than those above. Hopefully the CAO will start releasing statistics to the public on the real numbers.

That’s it for now.  Share this post and let me know what area you want statistics for next!

Condo Stats – Grand River Edition

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For any of the self-proclaimed condo geeks out there (I’m thinking of you Jon Juffs), I thought that I would update a post we did previously on condo statistics. As a director for the Grand River chapter of CCI and a resident of the area, it seemed most fitting to start with the Grand River. For those unfamiliar with the area, the Grand River includes Brant, Wellington and Waterloo.  In the next few weeks I’ll provide statistics for the other areas of Ontario.

As of June 27, 2017, the Grand River had 971 condominium corporations registered:

  • Brant – 105
  • Wellington – 237
  • Waterloo Region – 629

As of January 22, 2019,  the Grand River has 1007 condominium corporations registered:

  • Brant – 110
  • Wellington – 249
  • Waterloo 648

It should be noted that the total number is not the number of active condominiums as a few condominiums have been terminated or amalgamated. For instance, I attended a meeting for a Waterloo condominium last night that was created in 2004 when 20 condominiums (ranging in size from 3 units to 16 units) amalgamated into a single condominium. On my wish list is an accurate list of active condominiums for each jurisdiction. Maybe someone at the CAO could help us out?

Apart from the number of condominiums, the trends as far as type, number of units, and style appears to be holding steady. For instance, the last condominium registered in Wellington was a 36 unit townhouse style in Guelph. In my experience, many of the condominiums in Wellington are townhouses; high-rise and single detached condominiums are less common. The last one in Waterloo was a 77 unit low-rise in Waterloo. In Brant, it was a 9 unit vacant land condominium. As a percentage of the total number of condominiums, I suspect that Brant (or possibly  Middlesex) may have the most vacant land condominiums.

That’s it for now.  Share this post and let me know what area you want statistics for next!

 

Upcoming Events: Winter 2019

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The post-holiday / winter blahs usually peak around now. Why not get out and socialize with some like-minded people? Meet some new people. Share a few laughs. And learn some tips from the experts. There are plenty of great events coming up this winter. Here are the highlights:

January 2019

23rd – CCI-Eastern Ontario’s Lawyers, Guns and Money in Ottawa. If the title of this event isn’t enough to entice you, I don’t know what is! The presenters will review some of past year’s most important court decisions.

24th – CCI-Huronia’s Introduction to Condos Course in Barrie will provide basic (but important) information to directors and owners.

26th – CCI-GHC’s Beyond Mediation – Condominium Conflict Management in Burlington. I will be speaking with two of the leading condo mediators – Colm Brannigan and Marc Bhalla. This is a level 300 so space is limited. Sign up now to avoid disappointment.

29th – CCI-London’s Lunch & Learn on the Mysteries of the Condominium Authority Tribunal (CAT). Do you have questions about the CAT? This is the session for you!

February 2019

8th – CCI-GRC’s Professional Partners Lunch & Learn on Preventative Maintenance in Kitchener. This annual event includes over an hour of presentations as well as plenty of time for networking with the trades and professionals in attendance.

12th – CCI-London’s Seminar on Budgets. This course is designed to help condos prepare budgets and will include a discussion of related issues, like reserve fund contributions.

13th – CCI-GHC’s Introduction to Condominiums in Stoney Creek. This session will provide a basic overview of condominiums, property management, director responsibilities and financial issues.

March 2019

1st – CCI-GHC’s Lunch & Learn series. No details are available so you’ll have to check back for further information.

12th – CCI-London’s Climate Change: It’s Impact on Condominiums seminar. Details are not yet available, but this sounds like it could be an interesting session so stay tuned for more information!