Guide to Condo Living – Fall 2019

Introduction Welcome to “Guide to Condo Living” created specifically for condominium owners as well as prospective owners. Currently over 25,000 condo owners are members of CCI North Alberta either as an owner in a condominium corporation member or as an individual member on their own. With the assistance of our Condo Owner Initiative committee, we…

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Information Required by Canada Revenue

By Barbara Surry CPA CMA   Does my Condominium Corporation have to file a T2 (Corporate income tax return)? Technically yes, however there are several Condominium Corporations that do not.  Condominium Corporations for the most part, are exempt from corporate income taxes under subsection 149(l) of the ITA (as they are considered to be a…

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Tackling Human Rights in Condos

By Heidi Besuijen and Melissa L. Stappler Overview Alberta case law has  recently confirmed that the Alberta Human Rights Act (the “Act”) applies to condominium corporations.  This means that condominium corporations are prohibited from discriminating against unit owners or occupants on the basis of any of the protected grounds identified in the Act, which are:…

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Resolving Odor Issues

Resolving Odour Transfer Issues in Condominiums Using Logical Sequencing Since recreational cannabis was legalized throughout Canada this fall, engineers are increasingly being asked how to resolve unintended odour transfer in condominiums. Leading up to October 17th, 2018, there seemed to be much concern and confusion with Boards of Directors scrambling to institute rules or by-laws…

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Condo Cases Across Canada

Condo Cases Across Canada We are pleased to showcase the work of condominium lawyer James Davidson, LL.B., ACCI, FCCI whose labour of love over the years has produced an amazing amount of brief summaries of recent condominium court decisions. To view the judgment transcript of the featured cases or to review other Canadian condominium case…

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Retrofitting the Right Way

By Hanna Tough What type of illumination does your building use? Did you get on the eco train right away, or is your building still working overtime to produce enough energy to light common areas 24/7? The condominium market continues to be dominated by sales of halogen lamps and CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps) rather than…

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Top 10 Ways to Communicate with Condo Owners

1 Welcome Package / Committee What better way to communicate with owners but when you first receive notification of the change in ownership. Creating a simple FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) sheet along with a document checklist to ensure they have all the required condo documents (and where to get it if they don’t) is invaluable.…

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The Cause & Effect of Equipment Neglect

By Amber Forest Preventative Maintenance to Cure Your HVAC Woes When it comes to a building’s Heating Ventilating & Air Conditioning (HVAC) system, often it’s a case of out of sight, out of mind. That is, of course, until it’s not working on the hottest or coldest day of the year. This reactive approach can…

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Effective Evidence for Court Applications

By Heidi Besuijen You might engage a lawyer for the purpose of making an application before the courts to obtain an Order. This could relate to the non-payment of contributions or a special assessment, to tenants within a condominium corporation, or even be an aspect of a larger piece of litigation which is ongoing. No…

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What Is Your Building Envelope Up To This Winter?

By NIALL MCCARRA Just like us humans, building envelopes can experience their own cold and flu like symptoms. Maybe this winter you can be the doctor and your building envelope the patient. Winter conditions are harsh on building envelopes, but winter is a good time to evaluate building envelope performance. Roofs and Attics In cold…

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How To Talk To Jerks

By: Nadine Riopel Anyone who’s ever been on a condo board or attended an AGM knows about the jerks. They’re loud, they’re angry. They’re pretty sure that everything that’s wrong is your fault, and they either want you to fix it or they want you fired. Like anyone else, I encounter my fair share of…

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Flower Pots & Fire Risk

by Trinity Player Potted flowers and plants can add a welcome touch of green to a condominium’s grounds, foyer, and common spaces such as social rooms and fitness centres. But did you know that they can also pose a serious danger? Over the last few years, fire departments throughout North America have reported a higher…

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Regrets: I’ve Had A Few

By Brian Shedden Do you remember that old Cher song from a few years ago…”If I Could Turn Back Time…” One of the biggest challenges facing a Board of Directors at any condominium corporation is how to save money on the big repair projects that regularly have to be done. Whether it is roofing, the…

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Pitfalls of Deferred Maintenance

by Justin Tudor Condominium owners and directors are typically more aware of the maintenance costs and requirements of their buildings than their freehold-living counterparts. This is by virtue of legislation requiring that common element maintenance and replacement plans be considered through regular reserve fund studies. However, like the freehold owner who elects to put off…

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The How and Why of Levying Fines

By Todd A. Shipley In order to levy a fine or monetary sanction, a board must carefully consider the “how” and “why.” The Condominium Property Act (RSA 2000, c. C-22) (the “Act”) and most modern condominium by-laws allow boards to issue fines or monetary sanctions for noncompliance. However, the case-law provides both cautionary tales and…

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Private Agency Parking Enforcement Program

By Erna Malcolm The City of Edmonton wants to raise awareness about the Private Agency Parking Enforcement program, which gives private condominiums, management companies, shopping malls, hospitals, and post-secondary institutions the authority to issue City of Edmonton tickets on their property. What is the Private Agency Parking Enforcement program? The Private Agency Parking Enforcement program is…

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Renting Out Your Condo

by Judy Downey A condo owner renting a condominium unit to residential tenants must be aware of the rights and obligations as a landlord pursuant to both the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) and the Condominium Property Act (CPA). The Alberta Residential Tenancies Act and Regulation outlines the rights and obligations of landlords and tenants, and…

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The Donkey Serenade

by Eustace Mousehabbit The following story is true. Names and locations have been altered to protect privacy and avoid embarrassment to those involved … It is usually only when a problem arises, or something goes badly amiss that many condo boards and owners start paying serious attention to their by-laws. Disputes between boards and irate…

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How to Create Awesome Board Meetings

by Gord Sheppard 1. Smile – Because you volunteer for an effective Board that is knowledgeable easily gets things done? 2. Bite Your Lip – Because you don’t want to say anything bad about someone who said they would get something done after the last meeting and they didn’t? 3. Scream Out Loud – Because…

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The Pining (or) The Plane Truth

By Eustace Mousehabbit The following story is true. Names and locations have been altered to protect privacy and avoid embarrassment to those involved … It was a warm summer evening when I sat down again with retired property manager, Agnes O’Weary, sampling her excellent cooking sherry and waiting to hear further reminiscences from her lengthy career…

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The Pachyderm Progression

By Eustace Mousehabbit The following story is true. Names and locations have been altered to protect privacy and avoid embarrassment to those involved ….. It was very early in the day. Rosy-fingered dawn had not yet appeared to dapple all with pearls of translucent light – particularly the condominium building known as Tottering Towers. It was…

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Considering Chargebacks

By Natasha Sutherland – Willis Law A 2017 Alberta court decision has clarified condominium chargebacks Condominium fee and assessment collection is a highly technical and complex issue. There are a number of terms which are used and defined by the courts, with different meanings to slightly different nuances within the same issue. It can be confusing to…

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Don’t Hit Send! Avoiding Communication Confusion

It may be tempting and easy to immediately respond to an e-mail and hit the send button. It is natural to want to immediately deal with certain situations. With instant communications such as e-mail and texting, an immediate response may even be expected. An immediate response is frequently not the best course of action. Making…

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CCI Cannabis Survey

Let Yourself Be Heard! In the wake of Cannabis becoming legal in Canada, CCI North Alberta wants to hear your thoughts. Please take our short survey and let us know your opinion on Cannabis in Condominiums. Survey Closes Wednesday, October 31. Thank You! CCI Team

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Top 10 List For Successful Board Meetings

This List Originally Appeared in the 2017 Winter Issue of Insite to Condos Ask board members, the condo manager and others that are involved in the meeting to submit agenda items before the meeting day. Set a clear deadline for submission, for example one week prior to the meeting. This will ensure everyone will have…

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