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Changes to Common Elements

Lisa Breault, Angela Del Giudice, Pamela Smuts
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The article discusses the process and requirements for making changes to common elements in condominiums, focusing on the context of Ontario's condominium regulations. It outlines how condominium managers and boards handle requests from owners to add, alter, or install features in their exclusive-use areas. The article highlights an example of a townhouse complex that created an alteration application, known as Schedule B-1, which outlines a preset list of alterations approved by the corporation. This approach streamlines the approval process and ensures clear boundaries for acceptable changes. The article also explains the concept of a "bulk indemnity agreement" where multiple unit owners agree to certain approved improvements, reducing costs and simplifying the process. The importance of complying with Section 98 of the Condominium Act, which governs changes to common elements, is emphasized, and the need for consistent enforcement is highlighted. The article provides insights into various scenarios and considerations for different types of changes to common elements in condominiums.


Common elements, alterations, Section 98, Ontario, condominiums, alteration application, Schedule B-1, bulk indemnity agreement, board approval, property manager, enforcement, regulations, unit owners, exclusive-use areas, changes, approval process.

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Lisa Breault, Angela Del Giudice, Pamela Smuts
Changes to Common Elements
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