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

Delayed: Alberta Condominium Dispute Resolution Tribunal

Field Law has just learned that the long-awaited creation of an Alberta Condominium Dispute Resolution Tribunal will not proceed this year as anticipated following the enactment of amendments to the Condominium Property Act and Regulations in January 2020. The Minister of Service Alberta recently delivered this new to industry stakeholders, including the Canadian Condominium Institute […] Read More
April 6, 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

Understanding Board Member Duties: When Condo Boards Fail

Boards of directors for condominium corporations are typically comprised of volunteers. Depending on the eligibility requirements in the corporation’s bylaws, these are more often than not members of the corporation, that is, unit owners. For residential condominiums, this means that the directors are also often lay people, with no particular specialized skills or professional knowledge. […] Read More
February 26, 2021

Asserting Privilege in the Condominium Context

The issue of asserting solicitor-client privilege in the condominium context is an interesting one, especially as between the condominium corporation and the individual unit owners. There are no simple answers or bright line rules when it comes to requests by unit owners for access to documents belonging to the corporation, other than what is expressly […] Read More
October 9, 2020