Government of Ontario — 4 Top Questions Asked About Condominiums

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Can I withhold my condo fees until urgent repairs are carried out in my unit? 

Generally, unit owners have to pay their condo fees even if they have a claim or dispute with the condo corporation.

If they do not pay, the corporation can register a certificate of lien against a unit. This lien can be enforced, if necessary, by selling a unit.

What should I do if my condo doesn’t respond to a repairs work order? 

Contact your condo manager or the board of directors to clarify who is responsible for any repair and maintenance that’s needed. Responsibility for maintenance and repairs can vary from one condominium property to another.

If you have insurance for your unit, you can also consider contacting your insurance company. Or, if the condo board is responsible for making the repairs, ask for a timeline for action.

Can a condo property manager enter my unit without notice? 

It is possible in some cases.

If there is an emergency, like a fire, management may be able to enter a unit immediately or without notice. Check your condominium’s declaration, by-laws and rules.

Normally, a representative of a corporation may enter a unit to carry out the "objects and duties" of the corporation, like inspecting the smoke detectors or heating and cooling system, as long as he or she gives the unit owner and resident reasonable notice and enters at a reasonable time.

Can condo corporations hand out fines? 

The Condominium Act does not allow a condo corporation to "fine" a unit owner.

But keep in mind that a "fine" is not the same as the recovery of costs against a unit owner. A condo corporation may be entitled to recover costs against a unit owner depending on certain factors. In these cases, owners may want to consider getting legal advice.