In a prior blog post we reported that the Condominium Authority of Ontario (“CAO”) was seeking public comment on its proposed fees for the CAO’s services. As the feedback received was positive, the CAO has confirmed that the proposed fee amounts will be implemented.
A $1.00 per month per voting unit fee will be assessed against condominium corporations effective September 1, 2017. This fee will be ultimately charged to the unit owners by the condominium corporation. Unlike common expenses, the fee in respect of each unit is the same for all units, regardless of the unit size and the fee is not assessed against parking or storage units.
Later this month the CAO will be sending information packages to condominium corporations which will set out how corporations can register and pay their assessments. The first assessment is due by December 31, 2017 and will cover the period from September 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018.
The fees for using the CAO’s dispute resolution services becomes effective on November 1, 2017 when the Condominium Authority Tribunal begins accepting applications. There will be a $25 filing fee, a $50 assisted resolution fee if a mediator is used, and a $125 tribunal decision fee. These non-refundable fees will be paid by the unit owner who files the dispute.
This is the beginning of the implementation of major changes set out in the Protecting Condominium Owners Act, 2015, with more to come later this year and in 2018.