In the latest issue of Condo Business magazine, Joel Watson, a litigation partner based in our Toronto office, discusses how condominium corporations that have glass balconies should consult legal counsel knowledgeable in condominium law as a first step in evaluating possible risks.
It is often too late to react after glass starts falling. It must be remembered that Performance Audits are done by consultants hired by the first board, which is usually the developer. As soon as the new board is constituted, they should take a hard look at what the consultants are being asked to do, so that real concerns like glass are addressed and that they do not get a pro forma report.
“We can suggest to you to ask the right questions such as look – please make sure that in this performance audit you pay attention to this glass issue. Do we have the type of glass we should be concerned about? We want a specific answer to that question. If not, you’re going to get a responsible performance audit which may not even address it. So that’s something you want to deal with early.”
You can read Joel’s commentary in the article “Shattered” on page 19 of this month’s Condo Business magazine.