HOUSING | Condominium Bylaws and Rules: 5 things to know.

AuthorFeng, Judy

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On January 1, 2020, revised condominium governance regulations came into effect in Alberta.

This article is part of a multi-part article series on Alberta's new condominium regulations. This article provides a quick summary of the top five things you need to know about bylaws and rules.

  1. Schedule 4 for default bylaws

    When a condo corporation registers a condominium plan with Alberta's Land Titles Office, the default bylaws in the Condominium Property Regulationapply to it. These bylaws remain in force until the condo corporation repeals or replaces them by a special resolution.

    With the new condominium governance regulations now in effect, Schedule 4 of the Regulation is now the default bylaws, instead of the previous Appendix I. This means that if your condominium corporation had default bylaws in place as of January 1, 2020, the corporation is governed by the new Schedule 4 bylaws and not the old Appendix I.

    TIP | Not many condominium corporations are governed by the default bylaws. Most condominium corporations have already repealed or replaced the default bylaws. If you are not sure which bylaws apply to your condominium corporation, check your Condominium Additional Plan Sheet. 2. Timeframe for changing conflicting bylaws

    Condominium corporations could change any conflicting bylaws to conform to the Condominium Property Act and Regulation by ordinary resolution within one year after January 1, 2020. This means if your condominium corporation wanted to change any bylaws that conflict with the Condominium Property Act and Regulation, it had until January 1, 2021 to do so by ordinary resolution. In other situations, such as adding new bylaws or changing non-conflicting bylaws, your condominium corporation can only amend, repeal or replace the bylaws by special resolution.

    TIP | An ordinary resolution requires a majority vote from people, representing more than 50% of the total unit factors. A special resolution requires approval of at least 75% of people entitled to vote and representing at least 75% of total unit factors. 3. More restrictions on sanctions for bylaw breaches

    Condominium corporations can impose monetary sanctions on owners, tenants or occupants as long as it's authorized by the Condominium Property Act, the regulations or the bylaws. Monetary sanctions cannot exceed the maximum restrictions set out in the Condominium Property Regulation, which are now:

    * $500 (or a lower amount set out in the...

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