“The apathy of the people is enough to
make every statue leap from its pedestal and hasten the resurrection of
—William Lloyd Garrison
Condominiums first appeared in Ontario in 1967. In North America,
they first started in Utah in 1960 and then quickly spread throughout
They were thought of as inexpensive homes for the majority of Canadians who could not afford to buy a detached house.
Little did we know how popular they would become as the high prices of
single detached homes and the shortage of traditional rental buildings
made condos seem more attractive. Today, condos make up ¾ of all
residential housing units in Toronto.
“But lots of good out there. We need to share best practices & success stories.”
—from a condo industry magazine
I am a condo critic. There are critics for restaurants, art, books,
theatre, movies, architecture and politics. So why not condos? How else
to counter the condo industry's endless supply of "happy news".
This is a critical look at the process of buying and living in a
condominium corporation. I didn't always have such a low opinion of them but my views were soured
by the five years I spent living in my second condo.
This website has little to say to those who want to live the condo
carefree lifestyle by paying one cheque a month so others will do all
their worrying for them.
It will also be of limited interest to those lucky owners who have,
and who will continue to have, a hard working, intelligent and honest
board of directors who look after their interests.
I built this website for different kind of owner; someone who knows
that their condo is not being managed as well as it should; someone who
finds that the property manager is rude, the board is aloft and they
cannot examine any of the corporation records; someone who's condo fees
go up every year but their building is poorly maintained, someone whose
building has crumbling concrete, cockroaches, closed amenities, falling bricks or serious water leaks
that are being ignored.
This site is definitely for someone who has received their first notice
of a special assessment or if there is insufficient funds in your
condo's reserve fund to meet the reserve fund study's requirements.
It should also be read by anyone thinking of buying a condominium
condos are far from being a risk-free investment. Few buyers understand
that many residential condominiums are actually rental buildings with a dozens or
hundreds of units owned by companies and individual landlords and that some
condos contain affordable rental units, boarding houses, suite hotels and rooming houses.
Most owners don't understand how a condo corporation operates and
therefore when they run afoul of the property manager or the board,
they can very quickly get into serious legal and financial difficulties.
this website will shed some light on how to stay out of serious trouble
with your board.
It is very important that you do not consider anything contained in
this website to be legal advice. If you are, or think you may become,
conflict with your board of directors it is important to get timely
legal advice from a lawyer who specializes in condominium law.
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