Archive for the Category ◊ Ministry of Consumer Services ◊

• Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister, Kathleen Wynne has announced changes to strengthen the Ontario building code to help prevent balcony glass of newly constructed buildings from breaking and keep Ontarians safe in high-rise buildings.

http://news.ontario.ca/mah/en/2012/06/ontario-strengthens-requirements-for-balcony-glass.html

While this initiative is an excellent start, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing needs to address the inefficiencies of the New Home Warranty Program and Tarion Warranties for new construction and the limited 1-2 years warranties on existing buildings. These warranties do not protect the value of a $80 Million dollar condo building when the time period and list of coverages are similar to those of a single family dwelling. There needs to be a separate coverage to address multi-family residential condominium buildings.

Today’s announcement relating to new Ontario rules and better building codes to prevent glass from breaking off high-rise Balconies was another example of how COA is helping Condo Owners. COA worked with CBC news “throw-away buildings: Toronto’s glass condos.  Falling glass from balconies from several buildings in downtown Toronto created major issues of safety concerns for owners and the general public. The Condo Owners Association – (COA) reported problems relating to glass balconies and deficiencies relating to energy efficiency supporting a CBC special featured story by John Lancaster.

CBC NEWSBROADCASTING ON CBC NEWS AND THE NATIONAL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZglE1czXyo

 CBC Story and Information on Glass

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2011/11/13/tor-glass-walled-condos.html

Value issues relate are affected by unwarranted costs relating to premature deficiencies which fall past the minimal and limited Tarion Warranties.  COA has played a very active role in moving forward for a better understanding of the problems and bringing this information to the forefront. Cam Wooley’s “Know your Rights” on CP24 welcomes our input as well as Matt Galloway – CBC Metro Morning in conversation with Linda Pinizzotto, Founder, President/CEO of the Condo Owners Association about the risks condo owners face and the limited protection they have. Listen (runs 6:54)

RADIO
http://www.cbc.ca/video/news/audioplayer.html?clipid=2102259830

COA continues to work with Government to embrace the issues to help Condo owners ensure their safety, investment sustainability and good business infrastructure of the condo world.

The mass construction of Condominiums in the past few years has identified over 1.3 million Condo Owners in our Province. Last Friday, our Ministry of Consumer Services announced “Building a Better Condo Act” http://news.ontario.ca/mcs/en/2012/06/building-a-better-condominium-act.html     to modernize the present Condo Act (1998). The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing needs to participate to embrace resolutions to the Act relating to safety and better construction standards. Specific requirements and restrictions relating to the construction aspect of new and existing Condominiums.

All information and comment on articles geared to Condo Owners and Condominiums should include comment from COA Ontario as the governing body of COAtoronto, COAmississauga, COAottawa etc.  COA has chapters in each City across Ontario

 

• Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Condo Owners Association are pleased to announce that they will be working to help the recent launch of the “Building a Better Condo Act” by the McGuinty Government.

http://news.ontario.ca/mcs/en/2012/06/building-a-better-condominium-act.html

 

Newsroom Press Release  – June  8, 2012 11:00 AM

McGuinty Government to Launch Condo Review Consultation

Ontario is taking steps to modernize the Condominium Act, 1998, so it reflects the current and future needs of owners, residents and other stakeholders in the condominium community.In an effort to respond to a booming and evolving industry, Ontario will launch a public consultation to identify a comprehensive set of issues, and long-term solutions relating to matters such as:

  • consumer protection for buyers
  • condominium finances and reserve fund management
  • condominium board governance
  • expertise/accreditation of condominium managers
  • dispute resolution, for instance between condo boards and owners

The review will directly engage the entire condominium community, including owners, residents, developers and property managers.  Members of the condominium community will have the opportunity to speak about their issues, hear the concerns of others and work together to develop solutions.  Details of the public engagement process and information about how to participate will be announced this summer.

Strengthening the Condominium Act is part of the McGuinty government’s plan to ensure a fair marketplace for Ontario families.

ws.ontario.ca/mcs/en/2012/06/building-a-better-condominium-act.html

 

COA – Condo Owners Association

“The Condo Owners Association is thrilled that the McGuinty Government is launching a review of the Condominium Act. We are looking forward to participating in the review to help build a viable and sustainable future for condominiums in Ontario that protects the rights of owners, ensures best practices for condo corporations, and preserves the value of the investment people have made in their homes.”

– Linda Pinizzotto President and Founder, Condo Owners Association Ontario (COA)

• Monday, June 11th, 2012

COA – Condo Owners Association makes its mark to protect Condo Owners working with our Provincial Government to modernize the Condo Act. Building a Better Condo Act (see bottom right hand quote)

http://news.ontario.ca/mcs/en/2012/06/building-a-better-condominium-act.html

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by:  Linda Pinizzotto

Founder CEO – President Condo Owners Association