Lately our firm has been working on a lot of revisions to condominium documents: the declaration, description, by-laws and rules. Cannabis has been a very popular topic these past few months. Some condominiums are updating their condominium documents to reflect changes to the Condominium Act, 1998. Others are making changes to the number of directors or their qualifications.
Many clients complain that the process to change their documents is confusing. The main reason for the confusion is that each type of document has its own process to change it. The purpose of this post is to describe the basic process to change each of the documents.
We normally write about new cases or legislative changes on the blog, but sometimes we write about the basics for those just starting out in their condo journey. Today’s post is about condominium documents: declaration, description, by-laws and rules. The next post will describe the process to amend them. Continue reading
I recently read an interesting case about parking rights in a commercial condominium. The applicant was the owner of three units, which were leased for use as a restaurant. The owner commenced an application against her condominium after it passed a by-law restricting parking in common element spaces.
Historically parking was allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. This led to problems with insufficient parking for customers and employees of many of the units. In 2009 the Board passed a by-law to change the allocation of parking spaces. The by-law allocated two parking spots to each unit. In 2014 the Board discovered that the by-law was never registered so it was not valid. The Board passed another by-law in 2015 to fix the problem. The 2015 by-law increased the number of parking spaces per unit to four. The result was that the restaurant had significantly less available parking for its customers.
Elections can be the cause of much anxiety, confusion, and distrust in condominiums, but they don’t have to be. Elections can also derail an AGM quickly if they are not handled properly. Here are my tips to preparing for elections: Continue reading
Be sure to review your disclosure packages carefully – you could be releasing your rights to sue the declarant if there are any deficiencies in your unit or the common elements! Continue reading