Code of Ethics
To establish and maintain public confidence in the honesty, integrity, professionalism and ability of Churchill McLaughlin Property Management Specialists Ltd is fundamental to the future success and enjoyment of Condominium living in Ontario. This code and performance pursuant to its provisions will be beneficial to the continued development of a mutually beneficial relationship among Condominium managers, Condominium Corporations, Condominium residents, suppliers, employers of managers and the general public.
Churchill McLaughlin Property Management Specialists Ltd (CM) shall;
Support the advancement of professional management through the mutual efforts of members of the Industry and by any other proper means,
Seek and maintain an equitable, honourable and cooperative association with fellow members of the Industry. Place honesty, integrity and industriousness above all else to pursue gainful efforts and diligent study and dedication to the end that service to clients shall always be maintained at the highest possible level.
1. CM owes a duty jointly to its clients and employees to be competent to perform the managerial services offered to clients.
It is recognized that CM must balance the joint obligation in a manner which reflects positively on the profession of Condominium management. In exercising judgement in matters of joint obligation, CM must keep foremost in mind the guidance found in this CODE. CM shall not place its employees in a position of conflict of loyalties between the employer and the client.
Obligation to client
2. The client is defined to be the Condominium Corporation or proposed Corporation to whom CM is providing service for fee. CM shall at all times exercise business loyalty to the interests of its clients and shall be diligent in the maintenance and protection of the clients’ properties with due regard for the rights, responsibilities and benefits of the residents. In order to achieve this goal, CM shall not engage in any activity that could be reasonably construed as contrary to the best interests of the client, its property and real property. CM may represent private interests, actual or potential , divergent or conflicting with those of the client, as long as the client has be previously notified in writing of the actual or potential conflict of interest, and has also in writing assented to such representation. CM, as a fiduciary for the client, shall not receive, directly or indirectly, any rebate, fee, commission, discount or other benefit, whether monetary or otherwise, that has not been fully disclosed to and approved by the client.
Obligation to employees
3. CM shall encourage its employees in their pursuit of professionalism and shall treat its employees with dignity and respect.
Advising clients and employees
4. CM must be both candid and honest when advising its clients and employees.
5. Notwithstanding clause 4, CM shall not disclose to a third party confidential information concerning the business of a client without prior written consent of the client, except as may otherwise be required or compelled by law.
Accounting and reporting
6. CM shall at all times keep and maintain accurate accounting records concerning the properties managed for the client, and that such records shall be available for inspection at all reasonable times by each client. CM shall ensure that the client is furnished, at intervals to be agreed upon with the client, a regular report in respect of the client’s finances. The bank account should be held in the client’s name and under the client’s ultimate control.
Protection of funds and property
7. Within the terms of the management agreement, CM shall at all times exert due diligence for the protection of its client’s funds, assets and real property in the possession or control of the CM against all reasonably foreseeable contingencies or losses.
Relations with other firms and Condominium managers
8. CM shall not make, publish authorize or otherwise encourage any derogatory or disparaging comments concerning the practices of another firm or Condominium manager. CM shall not exaggerate or misrepresent the services offered by the CM itself or as compared with other firms.
9. The contract between CM and its client shall set out the specific terms agreed upon between the parties and shall be in clear and understandable terms, including an accurate description of all services to be provided by and all responsibilities of CM. No contract shall contain any termination or renewal provision that would make it more difficult for the client to terminate the contract than upon ninety (90) days notice of termination without cause, unless CM has provided the client with written notice quoting this Corporate Code of Ethics provision, and has received a written acknowledgement of receipt of the same from the client before the contract is executed.
10. Without limiting the CM’s legal right in the case of a dispute, CM shall return all the client’s property and records, with are required for the ongoing operation of the client, by the commencement date of the new management agreement. All other client’s documents shall be returned to the client no later than 45 days thereafter.
Compliance with laws and documentation
11. CM shall at all times conduct its business activities with knowledge of and in compliance with the Condominium Act, all other pertinent legislation, the Declaration, Bylaws, Rules and the written Procedures and Policies of its clients.
12. Nothing in this Code shall restrict legal and reasonable business competition by and among firms and CM shall at all times be aware of provincial and federal marketing and competition legislation and shall operate completely within these laws and regulations.
Instructions from client
13. CM must make clients aware, in writing if necessary, of any instructions given to it which are in conflict with the Condominium Act, all other pertinent legislation, the Declaration, Bylaws, Rules and the written Procedures and Policies of its clients.