Are You Serious? Volume 8.

Aggregating the real estate of condominium commentary, opinion, tragedy and truth being told to the public. Buy into the author’s thought or sell your own. For legal advice, consult a professional condominium lawyer.

Classic Condo Living Mistakes

Many of the more than half of all Torontonians residing in condominiums are new to condo living.  Here are some of the more common mistakes made by newbies. Source: Toronto Condo News

Condominium Board of Directors: Friend or Foe?

I have been receiving many questions and complaints about the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of a number of condo corporations. The Board appears to be one of the most misunderstood entities and frankly when buying either a new or a resale condominium you need to understand the nature and powers of the Board, as it is the Board that will set the pattern, standards and rhythms of your condominium. Source: Jayson Schwarz LLM, Schwarz Law LLP

Managing Conflict in Condominiums

Conflict is an inescapable part of life, and it will occur in our role as Condominium Managers more often than many of us would like. Being proficient in conflict management is therefore an essential skill for any Condominium Manager to possess. Source: Craig McMillan, RCM, ACCI, CMCA, CAPM, Maple Ridge Community Management, ACMO

The implications of false fire alarms in condos

Once a fire alarm in a condominium is determined to be a false alarm, residents are likely to feel relief. After all, there is no real danger. However, for condo managers, a false fire alarm results in a slew of new issues. What happens when a fire alarm goes off at a condominium when no smoke or fire is present? Source: Kavita Sabharwal-Chomiuk, MediaEdge Communications Inc.

A Warning to Owners Leasing their Units

A recent case provides a warning to owners leasing their units. Briefly, the facts are as follows. A unit owner leased her unit to a tenant. The tenant “did not live harmoniously with his neighbours” and was in constant conflict with management. He sued the condominium for over $5,000,000. Source: Michelle Kelly, Robson Carpenter LLP

Homeowners back Airbnb as Toronto debates restrictions

A debate between the City of Toronto and those who oppose its tighter rules on short-term rentals began this week.

The City says that the proliferation of rentals through Airbnb and similar services has made Toronto’s housing crisis “significantly” worse and passed rules in 2018 to tackle the issue. Source: Steve Randall, Key Media Pty Ltd

Are You Serious? Volume 7.

Aggregating the real estate of condominium commentary, opinion, tragedy and truth being told to the public. Buy into the author’s thought or sell your own. For legal advice, consult a professional condominium lawyer.

The Truth is Out There

Condo owners hope to elect conscientious directors to make good decisions on their behalf.  Once elected, some owners and residents attempt to influence these decisions in ways not always in the best interest of the community.  Condo directors may make decisions for personal gain or after relying on bad information. Source: Toronto Condo News Magazine

Assigning Responsibility for Remediating Mould

Repair and maintenance obligations are split between unit owners and the condominium corporation. The Condominium Act requires the corporation to maintain and repair the common elements. In general, unit owners are responsible for repairs to their own units and for damage they cause to the common elements. What happens, however, when you cannot be sure where the damage started?  Source: Caleb Edwards, Miller Thomson LLP

Condo unit owners not always king of the castle

A recent Ontario Superior Court decision highlights the restricted rights that condominium unit owners have to renovate compared with traditional freehold homeowners, says Toronto condominium lawyer Armand Conant. Source: AdvocateDaily.com Staff

Condo Vs Apartment: The Difference, Facts & Analysis

When it comes to settling in a place for living or basically, building a home, there are a number of options that one has to do so. An individual could opt for a standalone house in a less populated area, or, opt for a shared unit is a tower to have a budgeted living. Source: Jordan Scrinko, Precondo

Positive Developments For Housing Providers On Reasonable Accommodations

Two recent decisions of the Human Rights Tribunal are instructive for those in property management with respect to the duty to accommodate. Both cases involved physical modifications to residential complexes and include insight into: the procedural duty to accommodate; the substantive duty to accommodate; and, what is a reasonable accommodation. Source: Kristin Ley, Cohen Highley LLP Lawyers

Aging in Place – The Legal Issues

The changing demographics in condominiums raises a number of legal issues that condominium corporations, owners, directors and property managers must consider. Source: Sonja Hodis, Hodis Law

Are You Serious? Volume 6.

Aggregating the real estate of condominium commentary, opinion, tragedy and truth being told to the public. Buy into the author’s thought or sell your own. For legal advice, consult a professional condominium lawyer.

5 Cheapest Condos Sold In Toronto This Past Month

Investors might be driving up condo prices in Toronto, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find a condo for less than $250,000. Source: Toronto Storeys, Storeys Publishing Inc.

Condo Buyer? Why the Status Certificate Review Condition is Important

If you’re in the market to buy a condo in Ontario, you’ll no doubt hear about the Status Certificate, and your realtor will likely recommend that your offer to purchase be conditional on having your lawyer review the Status Certificate. Here’s what you need to know. Source: the BREL Team, Toronto Realtors

Condo Pet Ban – Emotions Run High Among Residents

Emotions are running high at two CityPlace buildings after the condominium corporation started enforcing a rule that prohibits any pets that were not registered with the corporation by a specified date. The effect of this rule means that any new pets, as well as any pets not registered by the cut-off date, are prohibited. Source: Denise Lash, Lash Condo Law

Initiating a complaint against condo management

If you wish to make a compliant against a licensed condo manager or management company, you can initiate a public complaint with the Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario (CMRAO). They may first attempt to resolve the issue between you and the condo manager by having you communicate with each other and try to resolve the issue between yourselves. Source: Legal Line, a Federal Not-for-profit Corporation

Can Condos Reimburse Budgetary Surpluses to Owners?

Condo corporations are not-for-profit organizations. Technically, they are not supposed to make a profit.  Having said that, they are not charitable organizations either. When faced with a deficit, condo corporations must collect more from owners to get ends to meet. But what are they to do with a surplus? Source: Rod Escayola, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

Obtaining an ex parte restraining order in a compliance application 

Assume that a resident of the condominium corporation has acted in a dangerous manner to the extent that people are fearful as a result.  The condominium corporation has instructed its lawyers to bring a compliance application in court, but there is concern that in the interim between the time that this person is served with the court papers, and the court hearing, this person might retaliate. Source: Jonathan H. Fine, Fine & Deo