Fines v fees: What your condo management can do if you break rules

MCs have no powers to impose penalties, so they use service fees to deter breaches of by-laws

Park properly in condos or you may get slapped with hefty wheel clamp release fees. But are management corporations (MCs) allowed to issue punitive fines?

The answer is actually no. Under the Building Maintenance and Strata Management Act (BMSMA) - the framework MCs use to administer estates - MCs have no powers to impose fines and penalties.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 23, 2018, with the headline 'Condo fines - not so fine?'. Print Edition | Subscribe