Condominium Law Practices Chit-Chat – Qtr1/20 | Condo Mania

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Welcome to the Ontario condominium law practices chit-chat field of condo legal experts in my condo home library, the Condorary.

You don’t realize it but in the next few minutes you’re going to learn that with a record quarter of 106 posts by 8 law firms (alphabetically listed) below with 48 articles (45.3%) related to COVID-19, it will keep you busy for at least 3.5 hours based on 2 minutes reading a post. 

COVID-19: City of Ottawa Enforcement Measures

Over past couple of days, the Ontario Government implemented additional measures under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (“EMCPA”) to help stop the spread of COVID-19. These measures include restricting gatherings of more than 5 people and closing parks and equipment. Source: James Davidson, © 2017 Davidson Houle Allen LLP. Summary: Quarter post count – 34, Topics – CCI, insurance, second-hand smoke, Tarion, repair and maintenance chart, chargebacks, mould, water damage, pets, status certificate, CAT, common element modifications by owners, government feedback, ACMO, COVID-19 coronavirus condo related issues (18)

State of Emergency (COVID-19) Sample Policy

The following policy is a sample for assistance, reference and consideration. It may not be applicable to every corporation. Each corporation may determine that it may need different provisions, for example: Source: © 2015 Fine & Deo. Summary: Quarter post count – 5, Topics – insurance premiums, COVID-19 (2), liens, collection of arrears 

Flame-shifting – Extinguishing Fire Code Violations

The City of Toronto recently hired over 300 new fire inspectors, pledging to inspect every high-rise building in the city at least once a year.  The Fire Code adopts a broad definition of “owner”, and, as a result, the city may lay Fire Code charges against unit owners, condo corporations, property managers, management firms and directors for the same infraction.  However, there are a few precautionary steps condos can take to minimize exposure to a pesky Inspection Order or Notice of Violation. Source: Tony Bui, © 2020, Gardiner Miller Arnold LLP. Summary: Quarter post count – 2, Topics – Ontario electricity rebate, fire code violations

Top 10 List of COVID19 Precautions in Condos

We’ve all been swamped with an avalanche of blog posts and notices related to COVID-19 in condos.  There are so many of them it’s hard to keep up. To help you with this, we’re reviewed multiple posts and are providing, below, a Top-10 list of precautions corporations ought to have taken by now. Source: Rod Escayola, © 2020 Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP. Summary: Quarter post count – 22, Topics – condo forms, geek tasks, lien the cost of seeking compliance, imposing a Section-98 agreement, commencing lawsuits, insurance, COVID-19 coronavirus condo related issues (11) 

COVID-19 and Unavoidable Delays to Occupancy in Pre-construction Condominiums.

Although the Ontario government has deemed construction work and services an essential service, the closure of other non-essential services, and the government’s emphasis to keep physically distant, and work from home (where possible), will no doubt have an impact on the pace of the construction industry, including the occupancy of pre-construction condominiums. Source: Danielle Swartz, © 2017 Lash Condo Law. Summary: Quarter post count – 22, Topics – electronic voting, condo tasks, CAT, legal fee recovery, insurance, condo drawings, offers to settle in litigation, claims written notice, compliance application, value of condo committees, records requests, COVID-19 coronavirus condo related issues (10) 

Can Someone Enter My Condo Unit Without Permission?

There are many unique aspects of condominium living that do not necessarily align with the expectations of condominium owners. As discussed in a previous post, Condominium Culture Shock, condominium owners are often surprised by the powers that condominium corporations have which can impact their day-to-day lives. In fact, condo owners in Ontario should know that it is possible, under certain circumstances, for a condo corporation to access their unit without permission. Source: © 2020 by Merovitz Potechin LLP. Summary: Quarter post count – 1, Topics – unit entry permission

Can condo corporations prohibit short-term rentals during the COVID-19 pandemic?

We are now in a time of social distancing, self-isolation and quarantines.  Depending on how the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, there may be further and more stringent measures. Source: Caleb Edwards, © Miller Thomson LLP 2020. Summary: Quarter post count – 12, Topics – insurance premiums and deductibles, recovering compliance costs, Airbnb, oppression claims, run a condo board meeting, COVID-19 coronavirus condo related issues (6) 

Section 109: Court Amendments of the Declaration & Description

I appreciate that many of you might be feeling overwhelmed by all of the posts about COVID-19 lately. It is all we hear about and it is hard not to feel anxious about it sometimes. Today, we go back to normal. This post is about a recent court decision. Source: Michelle Kelly, © Robson Carpenter LLP. Summary: Quarter post count – 8, Topics – court amendments, condominium amalgamation, indemnity clauses, security cameras, Condominium Act, 1998 amendments, education opportunities, COVID-19

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