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Finances and Condominium Deficits

Trish Kaplan
Publication date:
June 12, 2023
Article Summary: 

In today's dynamic real estate landscape, condominium properties face a myriad of financial challenges, chief among them being operation fund deficits. These deficits can pose significant hurdles to the effective functioning of condominiums and raise questions about the stewardship of directors in ensuring financial stability. The responsibility of directors to conduct thorough financial due diligence cannot be overstated, as they are entrusted with safeguarding the fiscal health of the property and the interests of its owners.

To address operation fund deficits, directors often find themselves at a crossroads, contemplating various strategies to mitigate financial shortfalls. One common approach is the adjustment of monthly common expenses fees, a decision that requires careful consideration of its potential impact on residents and the long-term sustainability of the condominium's finances. Alternatively, directors may opt to levy special assessments, albeit a less favored route due to its potential to strain owner finances and evoke discontent among residents.

In navigating these financial intricacies, the Condominium Authority of Ontario (CAO) emerges as a pivotal resource, offering invaluable guidance to both boards and owners alike. The CAO's Best Practices Guide: Finance serves as a beacon of knowledge, equipping stakeholders with essential insights into financial management within condominiums. Emphasizing the significance of accurate financial statements, meticulous bank reconciliations, and unwavering compliance with the Condominium Act, the CAO empowers directors to proactively address deficits and prevent the misuse of reserve funds.

Moreover, condominium directors can augment their understanding of financial best practices by tapping into additional resources such as the CCI-National Resource Centre and the CCI-London and Area Chapter. These organizations provide a wealth of information and support, fostering a community of learning and collaboration among condominium directors striving for financial prudence and transparency.

In essence, the quest to eliminate operation fund deficits in condominium properties demands a multifaceted approach, wherein directors wield their fiduciary duties with diligence and leverage the wealth of resources available to them. By adhering to established best practices, remaining vigilant in financial oversight, and harnessing the collective wisdom of industry resources, condominiums can navigate financial challenges with resilience and ensure a prosperous future for all stakeholders involved.


Condominium property, operation fund deficit, financial due diligence, directors' responsibility, common expenses fees, special assessments, Condominium Authority of Ontario (CAO), CAO Best Practices Guide: Finance, reserve funds, financial statements, bank reconciliations, Condominium Act, lien enforcement, CCI Professional Legal Counsels.

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Trish Kaplan
Finances and Condominium Deficits
June 12, 2023
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