Halloween in Condos: It Doesn’t Need to be Frightening?!?

stencil-default-10Yes, it is a bit early for this topic, but I love everything about Autumn, including Halloween! If you have any Halloween enthusiasts in your complex you’ll likely see the decorations out in the next few weeks (if your rules allow decorations) so it may be a relevant topic sooner than you think.

Halloween can cause all kinds of headaches for boards and managers in condominiums. There are safety and security concerns with young children going door-to-door and running around on the property. Maybe you have rules prohibiting decorations.  Maybe you have a very diverse group of residents with different ideas about Halloween. Maybe you’ve had issues with vandalism in the past on the day before Halloween (sometimes called “Devil’s Night” or “Mischief Night”). Whatever the issue, Halloween in your condominium doesn’t need to be frightening for the board or manager.  Continue reading

Lien Deadlines

Today I thought that I would share a practical tip about liens with you.

Many boards like to wait until the very last moment to register a lien so they give the owner the most time possible to make payment. This is risky because the lien right expires and delaying may mean the condominium is unable to register a lien before the right expires. As you know, section 85 of the Condominium Act, 1998, states that the lien right expires 3 months after the default if a lien is not registered against the unit (or POTL for common elements condominiums).

The 3 month period set out in the Act isn’t the only deadline you need to be aware of. It is important to note that the electronic registration system used by most lawyers only permits documents to be registered between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday, excluding holidays. So if you send instructions to lien to the lawyer at 4:55 p.m. on the last day of the month there is a good chance that they may not have time to register it and the condominium will lose the right to register a lien for the oldest arrears.  Continue reading

How the Grinch Stole Christmas in Condos

Many people love this time of year. The beautiful fall colours, the delicious meals, and the countless holiday gatherings. Many people dread this time of year. The temperatures drop, the days grow shorter, and the holiday shopping madness begins. Given the extreme feelings people can have to this time of year, it should be no shock to anyone that holiday decorations can be a contentious issue in condominiums. Continue reading