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  • How does a board decide what matters owners vote on?

    Posted by Kathleen French on January 10, 2024 at 4:58 pm

    Owners were allowed to vote regarding the purchase of a $4000 address rock, yet a $4000 automatic door opener was installed, with no input from owners, on the common room door, a place that is seldom used. One of the board members is handicapped so uses a walker.

    Terry Gibson replied 3 weeks ago 3 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Mark Hambridge

    Member
    January 10, 2024 at 5:26 pm

    I am guessing that the address rock was a new capital purchase and required approval under the Condominium Property Act or your bylaws. The ‘improvement’ of the common room door may have been an enhancement required under the building and safety codes.

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  • Terry Gibson

    Administrator
    February 8, 2024 at 7:23 am

    In my experience, a wise board will at least consult with owners (ask for input) on major items. I don’t see $4,000 as a major item.

    The board is legally required to facilitate complex access for residents (owners and tenants) who are handicapped or become handicapped. The board must do this, so it is non-discretionary.

    Legislation requires owners to vote to approve improvements to the complex. That is required. There can be some discussion (a grey area) about what a major improvement might be, but it would appear the board was correct in asking owners to vote. Note: 75% of owners and unit factors are required to approve improvements, the same as bylaw changes.

    Apologies for the late delay, Kathleen. May I see you on Saturday? 😊

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