Condominium rules consultation

Gathered input to help guide modern, fair laws to protect condo owners and support responsible governance of condo communities.

Engagement status: Under review. Survey closed July 31, 2018
Ministry responsible: Service Alberta

Overview

Clear and modern legislation is needed to support the responsible self-governance of vibrant condo communities and to protect condominium owners.

The Condominium Property Amendment Act (CPAA) was passed in December 2014. Since then, we've been working to develop the regulations to bring more than 50 amendments into force.

It’s important to get this legislation right for the hundreds of thousands of current and future Alberta condo owners.

Timeline

We intend to bring in improvements in three stages.

  • Stage 1

    The first stage focused on new protections for buyers of newly built and conversion condominiums. Albertans were consulted in 2015 on:

    • better purchase disclosures at the point-of-sale, including occupancy date for their unit
    • realistic operating budget and estimated condo fees
    • trust money safeguards
    • cancellation rights for certain long term contracts entered into by the developer

    Changes affecting condominium boards and corporations came into effect January 1, 2018.

    Requirements for disclosures and trust money safeguards came into effect April 1, 2018.

  • Stage 2

    The second stage addresses how condo boards govern themselves, including:

    • insurance requirements
    • voting procedures
    • reserve fund plans

    Online and in-person consultations were held in the summer and fall of 2017 to help inform the draft regulations.

    The draft Condominium Property Regulation was released on June 28, 2018. People were able to provide feedback until July 31, 2018.

  • Stage 3

    The third stage will establish a condominium dispute tribunal that is intended to be an affordable and efficient forum to resolve condo disputes between condo boards, owners, occupants, and other interested parties. Once available, it will provide a lower-cost alternative to the courts for condo owners.

    The tribunal’s jurisdiction and structure will be determined during this stage.

Stage 2 engagement

People were invited to provide feedback on the draft Condominium Property Regulation, which covers regulations that govern daily life in a condo, including:

  • improvements to voting rules such as proxy votes, so more owners can participate in board meetings
  • notice of and ways to attend general meetings
  • easier access to condo documents
  • stronger financial accountability of condo corporations
  • more protections for condo owners' investments
  • strengthening how reserve funds are managed
  • insurance requirements and rental deposits

The survey closed on July 31, 2018.

Outcomes

The engagement outcomes will support the development of modern fair laws for condominium owners, developers, condominium managers, condominium corporations and others.

Input will inform the development of governance and insurance regulations, as well as separate recommendations about the establishment of a dispute resolution tribunal.

A staged implementation is planned due to the complexity and scope of the amendments.

Contact

For questions about the condo survey, please contact the:

Condominium Project Team
Email: condoreview@gov.ab.ca

For general questions, please contact the:

Consumer Contact Centre
Toll-free: 1-877-427-4088
Email: service.alberta@gov.ab.ca

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