The lien regime to collect arrears against a defaulting unit owner is straightforward and codified in the Condo Act and common law – there’s a default in common expense payment, a lien arises automatically, a certificate of lien is registered against title to the defaulting unit and then enforcement may take place in the same manner as a mortgage. That culminates in selling the unit via notice of sale if collection is otherwise unsuccessful. This process works because there are avenues to collect and enforce even if the owner flat out ignores the condo’s efforts. So long as the proper notices are given, the condo can proceed absent an owner.
But what can condos do when other condos are in arrears of shared costs and ignore communication and collection?