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Ontario’s Residential Condominium Buyers’ Guide
What is the purpose of the Condo Guide?
Ontario’s Residential Condominium Buyers’ Guide (Condo Guide) was developed by the Condominium Authority of Ontario (CAO) in collaboration with the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS) and approved by the Minister as a helpful resource for the buyers of residential pre-construction/new condo units.
You can read and refer to the Condo Guide from the moment you begin to consider buying a condo unit and throughout your condo ownership life cycle.
As of January 1, 2021, section 72 (1) of the Condominium Act, 1998 (the Condo Act) will require that declarants provide the Condo Guide to buyers of residential pre-construction/new condo units.
Under section 73 (2) of the Condo Act, buyers have a 10-day cooling off period in which they may rescind their agreement of purchase and sale. This 10-day period begins on the later of the date on which the buyer receives the agreement of purchase and sale, disclosure documents, and the Condo Guide.
What does the Condo Guide contain?
The Condo Guide equips prospective buyers of residential pre-construction/new or resale condo units with information on condo ownership and the condo purchase process.
It also contains various topics including moving into a residential pre-construction/new condo unit, condo living, and how condo owners can resolve issues.
Although the Condo Guide is primarily written for condo buyers, if you have recently purchased a unit, or even if you are a long-time condo owner, the Condo Guide may also be of interest to you as it covers many topics relevant to condo ownership.
The Table of Contents was designed by MGCS after consultations with the condo sector and contains necessary and up-to-date topics that are important for all condo buyers to consider.
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1/14/2019 Condominium Units - Firm Occupancy Date | Tarion.com
Condominium Units - Firm Occupancy Date
Details about the delayed occupancy warranty are provided in the Tarion Addendum, which your builder is required to attach to your purchase agreement.
The rst page of the Addendum is a Statement of Critical Dates which must be signed by both you and your builder. It clearly indicates the date when your builder expects to nish your condominium unit and the latest possible date for permitted extensions.
The following key dates are provided:
The Firm Occupancy Date – The date that you and your builder agreed your condominium unit will be ready for you to move in. If this date is not met, your builder must set a Delayed Occupancy Date and you are entitled to delayed occupancy compensation. The Outside Occupancy Date – This is the latest date that your builder agreed to provide you with occupancy of your condominium unit. You and your builder agree upon this date at the time of signing the purchase agreement.
The above dates must fall on a business day as dened in the Addendum.
The Purchaser’s Termination Period – If your condominium unit is not ready for occupancy by the Outside Occupancy Date, you have a 30-day period in which to terminate the agreement.
You may wish to use this Statement of Critical Dates calculator to help you determine the various dates related to your home’s occupancy.
Occupancy dates must not be “oating dates” dependent on some other event. They must be calendar dates or you may be entitled to terminate your purchase agreement.
Delayed Occupancy Compensation
Delayed occupancy compensation up to a maximum of $7,500 is payable:
If occupancy occurs on a date after the Firm Occupancy Date; or If you exercised your right to terminate the purchase agreement due to delay as permitted by the Addendum (e.g. as per the Purchaser’s Termination Period). In this case you are also entitled to a full refund of all monies paid (i.e., deposits, extras and upgrades) plus interest.
Delayed occupancy compensation for living expenses (meals and accommodation) is payable based on a xed amount of $150 a day for each day of delay until the Delayed Occupancy Date or the date that the purchase agreement is terminated. Receipts for living expenses are not required.
Compensation is also payable for costs incurred by you as a result of the delay (for example, additional moving and storage costs). Receipts for these costs must be provided.
In addition, If your builder fails to give you 10 days notice of an occupancy delay, you will be compensated in the amount of $1,500 ($150 x 10 days).
Making a Delayed Occupancy Compensation Claim
If you are entitled to delayed occupancy compensation, you may make a claim to your builder within 180 days of your occupancy date or the date on which you terminate your purchase agreement. If your builder does not pay your claim, or if you and your builder are unable to agree on the amount of compensation payable, you may make a claim to Tarion during the rst year of possession (or up to 365 days after you terminate your purchase agreement). To do so, please complete the Delayed Closing/Occupanc y Claim Form, available through MyHome .
If you make a claim to your builder, be sure to provide all receipts and other supporting documents for direct costs incurred as a result of the delay. Keep copies of your receipts and other documents as these will be needed if you make a claim to Tarion. Note: Receipts relating to living expenses are not required.
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