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Setting expectations - what are the responsibilities of the Condominium Board

Governing a Condominium is no easy task.

Since no Condominiums are alike - everything from the number of residents to the available amenities will vary. Waste removal, parking, maintenance of common areas, and safety regulation of amenities are just some of the things that need to be managed in a Condominium.

The Board of Directors govern the operations of the Corporation while keeping the interests of the building Owners and Residents. Their role can be compared to that of any corporate Board of Directors of any larger Commercial Corporation. The Board of Directors govern the overall functioning of the Corporation while its CEO (the Property Manager) deals with the day-to-day operation of said Corporation.

For condominiums here in Ontario, under the authority of section 27 (1) of the Condominium Act, 1998 (the Act), "a board of directors shall manage the affairs of the [condominium] corporation".

What does this mean to me as an owner?

Composition of the Board

In order to understand the responsibilities of the Condo Board, you must understand how the board is composed. The Board is made up of Condo owners such as yourself. Every Owner is eligible to be elected to the Board so long as basic conditions are met as set out by the Act and your particular By-Laws. In order to be elected to the Board, you must be nominated and voted for at a meeting of Owners or be appointed to a vacant position by the current Board. This is why it’s important to attend AGMs, special meetings, and to vote for your Board of Directors.

Roles and Responsibilities of the Board

The Board of Directors are responsible for ensuring that the condo corporation is being run in compliance with the Condominium Act, 1998. Since the Board is responsible for representing the collective interests of their building owners and residents, they must put any personal biases aside and can only conduct condo corporation business at a meeting of directors. A good board will make sure that the Corporation is well maintained and will put the interests of their residents and owners first.

Some of the responsibilities of the condo board include overseeing and voting on;

  • Tracking the condominiums financial performance

  • Ensure maintenance and repairs to the property are being carried out

  • Making sure condo rules and regulations are being enforced

  • Propose changes to the Condominium By-Laws

  • Provide regular communication with the owners

If you are interested in joining your Condominium Corporation’s Board of Directors please speak to your Property Manager.

If you would like to learn more about Condominium Board’s here are a few resources for you:

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