With the change of season, our focus switches from sunshine and leisure back to the serious business of law reform.
There are plenty of different items presently open for consideration. Here are the most noteworthy for condominium stakeholders.
Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act (Tarion)
In November 2015, the Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services commenced an independent review of the Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act and Tarion Warranty Corporation. Justice Douglas Cunningham was appointed special advisor to review protections for owners of new homes and identify opportunities to improve consumer protection.
Justice Cunningham issued an interim progress report in late July. Read the report and send your input on the findings and proposed options presented by October 14, 2016, which will help inform the final recommendations.
It’s noteworthy that Justice Cunningham observes that “condominiums are distinct from other new homes” and that there is consequently a “need for more condominium-specific provisions in the legislation.” Beyond that, the report is vague on these concepts, but remember that changes to the Tarion Act are mandated as part of the amended Condominium Act.