Albertans' input sought to improve condominium living
> “We want to build more effective legislation that provides appropriate consumer protection and supports the vibrant condominium industry in Alberta,” said Service Alberta Minister, Manmeet S. Bhullar. “The direction we get from Albertans will help us improve standards and provide
long-term solutions to the challenges facing Alberta’s condominium industry.”
The consultation will help ensure the Condominium Property Act, last amended in 2000, reflects the current needs of Albertans and addresses new trends in the condominium market. The questionnaire covers a wide range of topics, including: consumer protection for buyers; insurance requirements; access to corporation records; dispute resolution; board governance; and regulatory standards for condominium managers.
“We are pleased to see the Alberta government moving ahead with public consultation in this process,” said Stephen Cassady, president of the Canadian Condominium Institute - South Alberta chapter. “Updating the Act to reflect industry changes and the rising expectations of owners is a positive step forward.”
With Service Alberta’s Condominium Property Act consultation and Municipal Affairs’ New Home Buyer Protection Act, the government is strengthening protection and addressing concerns of Alberta home buyers.
“Improving the condominium laws will be beneficial for buyers and for builders of condominiums,” said Greg Christensen, former president of the Canadian Home Builders Association - Alberta. “We fully support any measures that will help owners protect the value of their investment in their homes and address the needs of all stakeholders.”
The online questionnaire is available until April 2 at http://www.servicealberta.gov.ab.ca/2068.cfm. Paper copies of the questionnaire can be requested by calling 1-877-427-4088 toll-free in Alberta.
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