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From the Winter 2020 Issue


A quick glance at what’s happening with ACMO and the condominium industry.

News and Previews || Tracey Doherty

ACMO Hosts its First Virtual Luncheon
As a result of the ongoing pandemic restrictions on public gatherings, ACMO held its first Virtual Luncheon on the morning of October 27, 2020. By all accounts, it was a resounding success with 280 registered attendees.

The interactive event consisted of a morning panel discussion regarding recent Condominium Authority Tribunal (CAT) decisions and the implications of the CAT’s new expanded scope. The panel consisted of condominium lawyers Christy Allen of Davidson Houle Allen LLP, Maria Durdan of SimpsonWigle Law LLP, and Brian Horlick of Horlick Levitt Di Lella LLP.

During the lunch hour, attendees were encouraged to visit the virtual exhibit hall, where eight condominium industry service providers were ready to chat or meet live through video or supply information resources. There was also the opportunity to enter raffles to win prizes from many of the exhibitors. The afternoon session was reserved to introduce and welcome new ACMO members, including recognizing recent RCM designates and ACMO 2000 certified companies. Congratulations, and welcome to all!

Thank you to all of the attendees and sponsors, Condo Control, Common Ground Condo Law, Atrens-Counsel Insurance Brokers, Lifeline Fire Protection, Progress Property Management Ltd., Spectrum Building Services, and Ster-ol Infection Control Specialists for making this the first of many successful virtual events to come.

Watch the ACMO Event Calendar on www.acmo.org to register for virtual luncheons and for sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities.

The New RCM Registry
To promote and elevate the profile of the condominium managers who have demonstrated a commitment to a higher standard and have earned their RCM designation, ACMO recently launched the RCM Registry on acmo.org. This public registry lists the names of all the active RCMs, their location, and the date they earned their RCM designation.

Condo directors, owners and other industry professionals can now search the registry to confirm whether a manager is a Registered Condominium Manager.

Amendments to The Condo Act Relating to a Condo Guide
On January 1, 2020, legislative amendments to the Condominium Act, 1998 related to the publication of a Condo Guide will come into effect. These amendments require the Minister of Government and Consumer Services to ensure the development of a plain-language condominium guide providing information related to purchasing and ownership of a condo. The Condominium Authority of Ontario (CAO) will prepare the condo guide.

The proposed guide is expected to inform potential purchasers of residential condos of the risks involved in buying preconstruction condos and educating them about the condo purchase process. The guide will cover a range of topics relevant to purchasing and owning property in a condo, including condo fees, board governance, etc.

Developers will be required to provide a copy of the condo guide to purchasers of preconstruction/new condos along with the currently required disclosure statement. Until then, the agreement of purchase and sale is not binding on the purchaser. Amendments will also allow a buyer who receives a copy of the guide and the developer’s disclosure statement to rescind the agreement of purchase and sale before accepting a deed to the unit in certain instances.

Services and Trades at your Fingertips
This year, the popular ACMO Professional Services and Trades Directory was released in an easy to use digital flip-book format. The interactive publication features direct
links to the website of the selected service provider saving time and effort. Bookmark the online directory at www.acmo.org under the publications menu or download it to your smartphone’s home screen for quick access to hundreds of companies that hold membership in our professional community. 

For iPhones:
Step 1: From your phone, open the Professional Services & Trades Directory page on the ACMO website at www.acmo.org
Step 2: Click on the icon of a box with an arrow through it at the bottom of the screen
Step 3: Click on “Add to Home Screen,” and you are done!

For Androids:
Step 1: From your phone, open the Professional Services & Trades Directory page on the ACMO website at www.acmo.org
Step 2: Click on the menu icon (3 lines) at the bottom of the screen
Step 3: Click on “+ Add page to”
Step 4: Click on “Home screen,” and you are done!

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