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[Advice] Electric Plug installation in condominiums (Ontario)

Discussion in 'Model S: Battery & Charging' started by swirSKY11, Dec 8, 2013.

  1. swirSKY11

    swirSKY11 New Member

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    I was recommended to post here in this regard by a user on the Tesla subreddit (/r/teslamotors), but I am hoping someone with previous experience / legal knowledge of condominium law in Ontario can help.
    Currently in the process of purchasing a condo (conditional offer - all conditions waived, except for a condition I put in the offer regarding receiving preliminary approval from the board in writing). All board members are on board except for an older, ex-lawyer who is refusing to allow any modification to the condo electrical panel because "he doesn't like the technology".
    I have offered to sign a CEMA (common element modification agreement), indemnify the condo of all damages, cover the cost of installation, and install a check meter to monitor my use of hydro (so I can reimburse the condo). Yet regardless of all this, the one member isn't budging.
    My understanding is the decision does not need to be unanimous to approve a CEMA, however there is a definite risk for me here if I decide to close on the property without getting over this hurdle.
    Has anyone had any similar experiences and / or advice they can share? I'm especially curious what are my legal rights here. I.e. can I sue the condo once I become an owner for the board not acting reasonably, etc.
     
  2. Cosmacelf

    Cosmacelf Active Member

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    You are talking about Ontario, Canada? You should ask this question in the Canada regional forum(s).
     
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    swirSKY11 New Member

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    Just re-posted there, thanks.
     
  4. Cosmacelf

    Cosmacelf Active Member

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    Your real estate agent should be able to get you the condo bylaws. Then you can find how board voting occurs.
     
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    Your real estate agent should be able to get you the condo bylaws. Then you can find how board voting occurs.
     
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    Don't spend a dime until you have the agreement in hand. Court is a waste of time.
     
  7. Doug_G

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    Right. Get the condo board to agree in advance, or no deal. Life is too short for that kind of nonsense. Surely one person can't veto the decision - ask them to vote on it, or stuff it.

    I'm sure you have your heart set on that building, but a crappy condo board makes for a rather miserable home. There are lots of other fish in the sea.
     
  8. swirSKY11

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    This is the key, but it's a bit of a chicken before the egg problem, as in I'm technically in no position to compel the board to go to a vote while I am just merely a prospective purchaser. Whereas once I'm an owner, I would have the power to do so - but then the risk is far greater at the point (obviously).

    Tricky situation.
     
  9. Cosmacelf

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    Make it a condition of offer and thus make the current owner go through the board approval process.
     

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