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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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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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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Eye In The Sky – PIPA As Applied to Responsible Video Surveillance

By Excel Sheppard Insurance Service and Risk Management When searching for a new home, prospective condo owners are attracted to communities with active security programs. In order to deter crime and provide homeowners with a sense of safety, many condominium corporations utilize surveillance cameras as part of this security strategy. On the surface, installing security…

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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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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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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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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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Improving Your Financial Awareness (CCI Luncheon)

Thursday, October 25, 2018 11:30 am – 1:00 pm $35 – CCI NAB Members $45 – General Public Understanding what the numbers tell you goes a long way to understanding the financial health of your condominium. Both Managers and Board Members will feel more confident following this luncheon after learning: basic terminology, key areas to focus on…

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Creating a Fire Safety Plan

Wednesday, October 10 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm – Networking 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Seminar $40 – CCI NAB Members / $20 Additional Members $60 – General Public This session is being held during national Fire Prevention Week to increase awareness for the unique challenges condominium properties face when it comes to fire prevention. Nobody can anticipate whether or…

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When Your Condo is Damaged – The Benefits of a Control Adjuster

The condominium insurance industry certainly has faced its challenges in recent years. Multiunit residential and commercial structures, by their nature, are susceptible to many risks that can result in significant damages. When an insurable loss happens it often leads to many challenges with communication, continuity of claims handling and cost control. You may not be…

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Insulate For Rebate

With the support of Energy Efficiency Alberta, condominiums are going green.  Following the launch of the updated Alberta Building Code, The Home Improvement Rebate Program was introduced.  Being hugely successful, the program is expected to last until the Spring of 2019. The Home Improvement Rebate Program is designed for homeowners who seek out energy efficient…

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