Buying, renting or selling

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A condominium isn't a building type, but an ownership structure. Condos can take many different physical forms, such as:

  • a high-rise apartment
  • a low-rise apartment
  • blocks of townhouses
  • a group of detached houses
  • a combination of building types

When you buy a condominium, you:

  • own a unit, and
  • share ownership of common elements (e.g. parking garage, hallways, lobby) with other unit owners. 

You have full title to your unit and you can buy and sell your unit. You cannot separate ownership of your unit from your share of the condo's common elements.

Buying a condominium

In many ways, buying a condominium unit is like buying a house, with brand-new and resale options. But purchasing a condo does differ in several key ways.

Renting a condominium

Renting a condominium is largely the same as renting an apartment: you need to follow the community's rules and pay the rent on time. To make the most of renting, both landlords and tenants need to be aware of their rights and responsibilities.

Selling a condominium

Selling a condominium is just like selling any other real estate. As an owner, you have full title to your unit and you can sell your unit if you wish. However, you cannot separately buy or sell your proportional share of the common elements.

Potential condominium buyers are entitled to review a condominium status certificate, which provides information such as the financial status of your unit and of the condominium corporation. You are not responsible for preparing the status certificate. The condominium corporation does this.