Last week I attended a meeting with staff from the City of Guelph’s Environmental Services department to hear about the City’s latest efforts to provide better waste collection services to multi-residential properties, including condominiums. The City’s 2014 Solid Waste Management Master Plan Update included a recommendation that City waste collection be expanded to multi-residential properties. One of the key pieces of this recommendation – a front-end large bin collection vehicle – is set to be rolled out in the second quarter of 2019. This has taken longer than initially hoped, but better late than never, right? Continue reading
To any Guelph condo owners and residents, you need to lend your voice (or even just be a face in the audience) at some upcoming City meetings to help get the condos in the Guelph community better services for the taxes paid. I give thanks to Ted Pritchard, the chair of the Fair Taxes Campaign – Guelph, for informing condo owners (including me) of the upcoming dates. Continue reading
I’m often asked to review condominium documents because the language used is not clear. One reason is the legalese used by many lawyers when drafting the documents. (“Now herewithin witnesseth” really?). Do we think it makes us sound smart? Whatever the reason, it needs to stop!
If we want the owners to read the documents (and we should) we need to make them easy to read. The owners shouldn’t need a law degree to understand them! Plain, clear, and unambiguous language needs to become the norm.
Why am I ranting about this today? Because I just read another case where a dispute arose because of unclear language in the declaration.