The Condominium Act, 1998, is so complex that it is risky to navigate it
without at least one, and preferably two or three, of the excellent guides
available. All of them have been written by Ontario lawyers with
significant experience in the field.
The "Bible" of condominium literature is the 719-page Condominiums
in Ontario: A Practical Analysis of the New Legislation, by Harry
Herskowitz and Mark Freedman.
This book is a must-have for anyone dealing with condos in this
province. Jokingly referred to by its admirers as the War And Peace
of condo literature because of its hefty size, the book provides a
practical and easy to follow analysis of the legislation and regulations.
It includes a detailed presentation of each section in the new Act and
its counterpart in the old Act, in-depth commentary on the impact of all
changes in the legislation with cross-references to other relevant
sections and a full index with two tables of concordance (old Act/new Act
and new Act/old Act).
It's available for $55 from the Law Society (http://ecom.lsuc.on.ca),
major booksellers and the Canadian Condominium Institute (http://www.ccitoronto.org).
The Condominium Act: A User's Manual by Audrey Loeb ($65) is
available from the Canadian Condominium Institute and its publisher,
The book is a great hands-on tool for those involved in the condominium
industry board members, property managers, informed real estate agents
I am a great admirer of the book's 42 different checklists, designed to
help locate all of the relevant provisions for a particular topic. Some of
these invaluable lists set out in detail the requirements for owners'
meetings, records, bylaws, repair and maintenance needs and reserve funds.
The book is divided into 30 chapters, explaining each major provision
of the legislation. It's another must-have for the serious condo student.
The Condominium Act, 1998 A Practical Guide by J. Robert
Gardiner ($65) is available from the publisher, Canada Law Book, and the
Canadian Condominium Institute (CCI Toronto). It's a clear and
easy-to-read reference book, which gives the law as set out in the
legislation, along with the author's straightforward analysis. The book is
an excellent guide to the Act, walking the reader through its intricacies,
section by section, in a clear and logical manner.
Anyone who needs a quick briefing on the ins and outs of condominium
living should order the new sixth edition of the Condominium Handbook
For Directors, Managers, Owners And Purchasers, by lawyer Gerry Hyman.
It's available for $20 from the Canadian Condominium Institute.
An excellent guide to the legislation, the handbook focuses on some of
the problems condominium corporations are having with the new legislation,
including the issue of treating wear-and-tear repairs to common elements
as maintenance items which cannot be charged to reserve funds.
The Canadian Condominium Institute also publishes:
Disaster Planning And Disaster Plan
Workbook, a series of papers on high-rise hazards ($30 each, or $50
Buying A Condominium and Living In A
Condominium two booklets by Audrey Loeb ($8 each)
Reserve Funding For Condominiums
Condominium Meeting FAQ's by Fine and
Ordering information is available from the Canadian Condominium
Institute at (416) 491-6216.