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Temporary Condominium Measures Allow Use of Reserve Funds

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On June 1, 2020, a temporary Order in Council amending certain Regulations under Alberta's Condominium Property Act.

This temporary amendment to certain provisions of the Act allows condominium corporations to use reserve funds if a state of emergency is declared and when the conditions are met as outlined in the Order:

  • the corporation has received less contributions than expected, due to the emergency;
  • the Corporation cannot cover its expenses as a result of the lower revenue described above; and
  • the corporation has no prohibition in the corporation’s bylaws on using the reserve fund in this manner.

The Order also spells-out when a corporation cannot use reserve funds, and what a board must do prior to transferring reserve funds to their operating fund, namely:

  • notify the owners with a statement of the board's intention to transfer reserve funds;
    • describe alternatives that were considered and why those alternatives were not utilized; and 
    • share a revised reserve fund plan proposal that:
      • outlines the amount being transferred; and
      • the repayment plan (must be within 2-years from the date of declaration or state of emergency ended)
  • have 75% board approval; and
  • notify the owners to confirm the reserve fund changes have been put into place with a revised reserve fund plan.

If you have questions about your condominium property, we can help. Call one of our lawyers in our Condominium Law group â€” we're here to assist you.

Stay safe and well everyone!

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