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April 01, 2013

Improving Alberta’s Condo Act

Albertans’ input sought to improve condominium living

Pepper Rodriguez

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The Province of Alberta is asking for your co-operation in a survey that will determine amendments to the Condominium Property Act, which will determine the way multi-family homes are developed, built, purchased and operated in the province.

“We want to build more effective legislation that provides appropriate consumer protection and supports the vibrant condominium industry in Alberta,” says 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.

The Canadian Condominium Institute — South Alberta Chapter fully supports the action, and CCI Southern Alberta President Stephen Cassady tells Condo Living that such periodic consultations for bylaw amendments are essential, especially for multi-family developments.

“Condos and the condo boards that run them are living organisms, and like all living things they evolve, their needs change, and the bylaws have to adapt to these changes,” Cassady tells Condo Living.

 “We are pleased to see the Alberta government moving ahead with public consultation in this process Cassady adds. “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 Paper copies of the questionnaire can be requested by calling 1-877-427-4088 toll-free in Alberta.

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