Under the Condominium Property Act, condo corporations have a way to recover costs from the developer when the developer has underestimated expenses while selling the condo.
If a corporation’s total actual expenses in the 12-month period after contributions are first levied are more than 15% above the projected total expenses in the proposed budget, then the developer must pay the difference in expenses above the 15%.
The corporation has 90 days after preparing the financial statements for the first fiscal year in which contributions are levied to notify the developer. The developer has 60 days after receiving the notice to pay the corporation the difference in expenses above 15%.
There are certain increased expenses that a developer is not responsible for paying, for example:
- expenses that were not reasonably foreseeable when the proposed budget was prepared
- increases in:
- charges for the corporation’s legal services after the meeting to elect first board is held
Tip: For more information on underestimated expenses, refer to the Condominium Property Regulations s. 20.04 and Service Alberta’s 2017 Condominium Developer Infosheet (page 8).
Tip: Seek legal advice if you have a dispute with your developer over underestimated expenses.
Last updated: January 2018