Letter to Charles Sousa, M.P.P.
November 4, 2007

Charles Sousa, M.P.P.
Unit B1 - 1020 Johnson’s Lane
Mississauga, Ontario
L5J 2P7
Fax: 905-822-8344

Dear Mr. Sousa,

I would like to discuss the matter of condominium reform with you.  Currently, the Government of this province refuses to enforce its own legislation in the area.  With so many condominiums in the riding of Mississauga South alone, the Government can no longer ignore the issues of financial accountability, election irregularities, questionable procurement practices, and so on which are happening in Ontario condominiums.  Just taking a quick look at the public forums for the Canadian Alliance For Condominium Owners' Rights (CAFCOR), the Canadian Condominium Institute (CCI), or the Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario (ACMO) will provide you with an idea of the problems in the industry.  Currently, if a tenant has a problem, he/she can file a complaint with a Tribunal but condominium unit owners must retain lawyers at great expense for the simplest of issues.

The Premier of this province has even advised CAFCOR he supports the organization, and that the Government is moving forward on consumer protection.  Please find attached his letter to CAFCOR.  Yet, the Ministry of Government Services still refuses to protect the interest of unit owners by actually not enforcing the current Condominium Act.  For example, an Ombudsman or Tribunal could be created to allow for simple, efficient, and economical resolution to the problems facing condominiums.

For more extensive information on areas which require action by the Government, CAFCOR has informed me that they would be able to provide information as they have gained extensive experience in assisting Boards and owners.

In conclusion, I would like to know what you will do to push this Government to take immediate steps to ensure action occurs.   The condominium industry as suffered too long for the Government to ignore its problems.

Sincerely,
 
/name removed – privacy protection/

cc: Canadian Alliance For Condominium Owner Rights
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E-mail on January 4th,  2008

Dear Mr Sousa;

I am writing with regards to my letter of November 4th, 2007.  I have yet to receive a response to my letter.  Thus I am writing to receive an update and response to my original letter.  I have attached the contents of that letter to this one for your referral.

Sincerely,

/name removed – privacy protection/


E-mail response of February 6th 2008:

Dear Mr. /name removed – privacy protection/
 
Thank you again for your letter regarding condominium reform.

Recently Mr. Sousa has met with representatives from both ACMO and CCI to discuss the issues facing condo owners and condo managers.  In addition, Mr. Sousa has arranged a meeting for next week with staff from the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services to discuss these issues further.
 
I have also forwarded your concerns to the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, and I expect they will be in touch with you shortly.
 
If you have any further concerns or questions please do not hesitate to contact this office again.
 
All the best.
 
Ed Steel
Legislative Assistant





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