Privacy and the Common Elements: Are Police Surveillance Cameras Allowed on Condominium Property?

In the 2016 criminal law case, R v Brewster, the police had entered the common elements of various different condominiums – sometimes with permission from the board or management, and sometimes without permission. In three cases, the police had also installed surveillance cameras on the common elements, with permission either from the board or management. These steps were taken (at least initially) without any police warrant. Continue reading “Privacy and the Common Elements: Are Police Surveillance Cameras Allowed on Condominium Property?”

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What Should Go In Board Minutes?

There is no prescribed format, and no specific guideline, about the required content for board minutes. But, I think it’s clear that the minutes should contain the following:

  • the date of the meeting (and the start time of the meeting, if desired);
  • the persons in attendance at the meeting;
  • the resolutions (including mover, seconder, and decision taken in each case).

Additional information in the minutes is essentially “optional.”

However, I add the following notes: Continue reading “What Should Go In Board Minutes?”

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Repair and Maintenance Issues – Things to Watch For

Concern 1: The Definitions of “repair” and “maintenance” will change

With respect to the definition of “maintenance”, currently section 90(2) of the Condominium Act says that:

The obligation to maintain includes the obligation to repair after normal wear and tear but does not include the obligation to repair after damage. 

This means that the obligation to “maintain” currently appears to include end of life replacement. Continue reading “Repair and Maintenance Issues – Things to Watch For”

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Restrictions on Condominium Bank Accounts? Here’s Our Take

According to Section 115(5) of the Condominium Act, condominium investments must either be:

  • issued or guaranteed by the government of Canada, or the government of any province of Canada; or
  • issued by an institution located in Ontario insured by the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation (CDIC) or the Deposit Insurance Corporation of Ontario (DICO).

Continue reading “Restrictions on Condominium Bank Accounts? Here’s Our Take”

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