What Happens if a Condominium Does not Enforce its Bylaws?

Short Answer: The Bylaws may become unenforceable. Condominiums have a duty under the Condominium Property Act, RSA 2000 c C-22 to enforce their Bylaws and ensure compliance by all unit owners and occupants. But they must also ensure that such enforcement is done on a consistent basis and in a timely fashion, which means taking […] Read More

Is Your Condo Counting Special Resolutions Properly? Bill 19: Changes to Voting Procedures

Following publication of our last post, “Cutting More Red Tape: Long-Awaited Clarity on Legal Costs, Voting for Condominiums (you can read it here), I have received numerous inquiries from condo owners and property managers on how Bill 19 and proposed amendments to the Condominium Property Act will impact special resolution votes for condominium corporations in […] Read More
May 13, 2022

Cutting More Red Tape: Long-Awaited Clarity on Legal Costs, Voting for Condominiums

UPDATE: On May 5, 2022, Bill 19 is now in Second Reading. (CORRECTION: On May 5 we advised Bill 19 had passed Third Reading, however on that day Bill 19 was adjourned in Second Reading on amendment, and we apologize for any confusion.) On Thursday, April 21, 2022, Service Alberta Minister Nate Glubish introduced Bill […] Read More
April 22, 2022

Ding Dong! Your Doorbell Camera Must Come Down

The Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta recently added to the growing case law on the issue of video surveillance in a decision called Lupuliak v Condominium Plan No 8211689, 2022 ABQB 65. Following a break-in of her main floor unit through the patio doors, the unit owner, Lupuliak, installed a security camera on the […] Read More
March 10, 2022

Legal Costs for Condominium Corporations: A Refresher

The law relating to legal expenses in litigation involving Alberta condominium corporations is evolving, but remains far from settled. In several recent decisions of the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench (Toronto-Dominion Bank v Bachand, 2021 ABQB 271, Tutt v The Owners: Condominium Plan No. 7822572, 2020 ABQB 213), the Court concluded that legal fees incurred by a […] Read More
July 22, 2021

Amending Bylaws by Ordinary Resolution: When is a Conflict a Conflict?

I have been contacted by several condominium corporations regarding amending their bylaws to bring them into compliance with recent changes to Alberta’s condominium legislation. Along with the changes introduced in 2019 and 2020, the Legislature provided condominium corporations with the ability to amend bylaws that conflict with the revised legislation by way of an ordinary […] Read More
November 18, 2020

City Moves to License AirBnBs and Other Short-Term Rentals

The Urban Planning Committee voted on Tuesday, August 20, 2019, to recommend the adoption of a new Business Licence Bylaw, in an effort to begin regulating short-term rental accommodations in the City of Edmonton. Often described simply as “short-term rentals”, these accommodations are typically transacted between “hosts” or “operators” and prospective guests, through online platforms […] Read More
August 28, 2019