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In recent years, the Province of Alberta has seen extensive growth in the development of condominium projects.
As a result, we have developed experience in a variety of areas, including the financing, development, construction, marketing, and administration of commercial, residential, and mixed-use condominiums. Our services apply to many types of condominium development, including conventional condominiums, bare land condominiums, conversions, phased condominium developments, "barely blended" developments and those developments that may be a mix of any of the above.
Field Law helps developers and builders meet the requirements of provincial legislation and the municipal approval process. For example, we are responsible for preparing all disclosure documents required to be provided to purchasers under the Condominium Property Act. Field Law also represents developers in all aspects of the financing of condominium developments, including obtaining partial discharges of such financing as marketing and sales proceed.
In addition, our lawyers assist with the transition of the management of condominiums from developers to unit owners. We coordinate and chair turnover meetings in cooperation with developers, management companies and new owners. We also act for owners where the developer does not take sufficient responsibility concerning the operation of the condominium project prior to turnover.
Our lawyers work with condominium corporations, boards, and management companies in all aspects of condominium management and operation. We educate board members so that they are familiar with their ongoing responsibilities and assist boards with procedural and governance issues. We help corporations effect bylaw reviews and seek remedies against defaulting developers in the case of newly constructed projects. Field Law also provides advice in the enforcement of bylaws and the collection of arrears in line with statutory requirements. For condominium managers, we help with their interaction with condominium corporations, including drafting management agreements and reviewing management duties and obligations to the boards.
Finally, Field Law also acts for individual unit owners in situations where alleged defaults are committed by corporations or where a board or corporation may be guilty of improper conduct. We have acted for shadow boards where elected boards have behaved in such a manner that a shadow board is necessary to deal with a current board's improper behavior.
Many of our lawyers are active members of the Canadian Condominium Institute, North Alberta Chapter, a non-profit organization committed to providing condominium boards, owners and professionals with the knowledge and skills required to properly manage the day-to-day affairs of condominium living.
Our experience is well illustrated through the clients we represent. Below please find a summary of some of our past and present clients:
- A condominium developer in one of the first phased developments in Edmonton and in subsequent phased developments
- A major developer of a bare land recreational condominium on the outskirts of Edmonton
- Major condominium real estate developers with condominium projects in Edmonton, Calgary and other major Alberta centres
- Numerous condominium corporations throughout the province of Alberta