Updating Condo Rules

December 2015

Condo Act Section 58
The board may make, amend or repeal rules respecting the use of common elements and units to,
(a) promote the safety, security or welfare of the owners and of the property and assets of the corporation; or
(b) prevent unreasonable interference with the use and enjoyment of the common elements, the units or the assets of the corporation.

Condominium rules exist to clarify expectations for the community. They are intended to guide resident conduct while promoting the enjoyment and use of the building for all residents.

Rules should be reviewed annually to ensure they are in line with the community’s expectations and to be kept current. This helps ensure that outdated rules are updated or eliminated. It also allows for new rules to be added for dealing with new situations.

Rules do not take precedence over condo by-laws, the corporation’s declaration, the Criminal Code or the Human Rights Act.

Rules should be simple to understand. They should be based on common sense and reasonableness. Their intent should be to avoid problems rather than create them.