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CondoBusiness cuts through industry acronyms and jargon to provide educational content that is just as valuable to a volunteer board director confronting people, pet and parking issues for the first time as it is to a veteran property manager helping clients navigate changes to Ontario’s condo laws.
Michelle Ervin, Editor - CondoBusiness
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The condo board was making all the gestures of a governing body committed to transparency. It circulated board meeting minutes as a standard practice, unprompted by records requests, and it distributed newsletters to keep owners current on the affairs of their condo corporation.
There was a time not that long ago that community living was about working together to advance the best interests of every member. Consider the farming communities that settled in Canada, for whom developing community relationships was necessary for survival. Everyone in a community could rely on each other for trade — money and belongings were of little importance.
As of Nov. 1, 2017, there is a new process under the Condominium Act, as amended, for making and responding to records requests in condo corporations. Requests for records must now be made in writing using mandatory forms, and people requesting records are no longer required to give the condo corporation a reason for their request.
Condo corporations that reject records requests without a legal basis to do so may face penalties. Unit owners that file vexatious applications may see their complaints tossed out without a hearing. And industry members might be overestimating what constitutes reasonable fees for locating and redacting records.
With the number of cranes dotting the GTA’s skyline, it’s clear that condominium demand remains strong. Each new development is a testament to the talented professionals who bring them to life — it’s an incredible feat of architecture, engineering and project management to start with a deep hole in the ground and end up with 27 floors of gleaming glass tower. It’s a challenging, multi-stage process.