Welcome to the Ontario condominium real estate law practices field in my condo home library, the Condorary.
Is there more to living than hiding from an invisible virus? Of course, let’s talk about it.
If competence is the enemy of adversity, by all means get some, get some more from experts on condominium issues, organize it and use it.
Which condominium law practices of lawyers shine brilliantly through public engagement in education of condominium managers and condo owners through organizations such as ACMO and CCI chapters or are otherwise committed to assisting current and future clients in solving their problems?
Are there other legal stars in the provincial constellation? Just like a shooting star in the night sky, a few will wink in and out of here at hyper-warp speed while others remain pinpoints of faint light to find elsewhere. We witnessed 3 twinkle through in the prior quarter.
The second quarter consists of 140 posts (written & recorded) by 8 condo law firms (alphabetically listed) below with a minimum 85 (60.7%) of them related to COVID-19 for anyone who wishes a deeper immersion in this faster-than-a-streaking-meteor-changing topic.
Have an interest in registering for a live podcast or webinar to ask questions? Visit the websites of the legal professionals below who offer them for the date and time of their next scheduled event.
How to Use
Access to any law practice is formatted as follows: Click on the title of their article to arrive at the latest post on their blog or article collection. Click on the law firm name to go to their website. Click on an editorial selected topic of interest for the actual post.
Law Practices Index
– Davidson Houle Allen LLP – Ottawa
– Elia Associates Professional Corporation – Oakville, Barrie, Toronto, Ottawa
– Fogler, Rubinoff LLP – Toronto
– Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP – Kitchener-Waterloo, Toronto, Ottawa
– Horlick Levitt Di Lella LLP – North York
– Lash Condo Law – Toronto
– Miller Thomson LLP – London, Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph, Toronto, Vaughan, Markham
– Robson Carpenter LLP – Ayr, Kitchener-Waterloo, Toronto
Davidson Houle Allen LLP
What About Requiring That Face Masks Be Worn on the Common Elements?Source: James Davidson, © 2017 Davidson Houle Allen LLP .
As our readers are no doubt aware, the advice from public authorities in relation to face masks has been variable. At some times we have been told that face masks should be worn (in order to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19). At other times we have been told that face masks are not helpful.
Summary: Quarter post count – 41, Topics – COVID-19 (23):
Order in council, Condopedia, line of credit, returning to in-person board meetings , sending a notice of lien, Smoke Free Ontario Act, 2017, who pays the cost to redact records when owners request documents, insurance coverage for consequential damage, province extends emergency until July 15, 2020 , requiring that face masks be worn on the common elements.
Episode 8 – Decision making by owners – Condopedia
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Elia Associates Professional Corporation
COVID-19 Bulletin No. 21: What is “Open” and What is “Closed” in Stage 2?Source: © Elia Associates Professional Corporation.
The Ontario Government recently released its “Framework for Reopening our Province”, which lays out the Province’s approach to restarting the economy. It includes guiding principles and public health recommendations that the Government will use to gradually and safely re-open business, services, and public spaces.
Summary: Quarter post count – 9, Topics – COVID-19 (8):
banning visitors , frustration of contracts and force majeure clauses , collections – thinking outside the box , what is “open” and what is “closed , automatic removal of directors .
Fogler, Rubinoff LLP
Condominium Meetings – Bill 190 and Amendments to Condominium Act, 1998 – May 13, 2020 UpdateSource: © David E. Thiel, Fogler, Rubinoff LLP.
On May 12, 2020, the provincial legislature approved (temporary) amendments to the Condominium Act, 1998 (the “Act”) as part of Bill 190, the “COVID-19 Response and Reforms to Modernize Ontario Act, 2020”.
Feature Private Video – COVID19 and Condos (1:05:29)
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Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP
Can Condos Prohibit Canadian Flags?Source: Rod Escayola, © 2020 Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP.
With Canada Day just around the corner, Canadian flags will start popping up everywhere, including in Condo Land. Inevitably, this will lead to a yearly question: can condos prohibit owners from displaying their maple leaf pride?
Feature Private Video – Coronavirus Episode 7: The long and winding road (1:05:56)
Visit the Gowling WLG Video Library of international content which also contains information about other aspects of law.
Horlick Levitt Di Lella LLP
COVID-19 & Residential Tenancy Law in TorontoSource: Horlick Levitt Di Lella LLP,
COVID-19 has quickly circled the globe and is causing havoc across the planet. The flu spread through China, Europe and now has hit the United States. Here in Canada, the virus has started to spread in several provinces, and non-essential businesses have begun to shut their doors. Employment insurance applications are in the millions, and hundreds of thousands of Canadians are already facing down rent and bills they might not be able to pay.
Summary: Quarter post count – 22, Topics – COVID-19 (?):
residential tenancy law .
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Lash Condo Law
Disruptive and Violent Condo Owner – A Court Decision on EnforcementSource:Sarah Morrey, © 2017 Lash Condo Law.
In a recent case titled Peel Standard Condominium Corporation No. 1028 v. Jakacki (2020) ONSC 3697, the Ontario Superior Court was tasked with deciding whether to grant a temporary injunction preventing the Respondent, a unit owner, from using the common areas of the Applicant condominium corporation except for ingress and egress.
Summary: Quarter post count – 20, Topics – COVID-19 (10):
screening and prohibiting visitors, oppression remedy, virtual meetings and electronic voting for condo AGM’s – Bill 190, record requests & solicitor – client privilege, understanding virtual owners meetings and electronic voting for condos , disruptive and violent condo owner , short term rentals – Toronto zoning bylaw upheld .
Miller Thomson LLP
Are you interested in decreasing the expense side of the balance sheet?: Ontario assessment appeal deadline extended to May 29, 2020Source: Tara Piurko, Tamara Farber, Aaron Atcheson, © Miller Thomson LLP 2020.
The Ontario deadline to file assessment appeals under the Assessment Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. A.31. has been extended to May 29, 2020. You might be asking: Why should I care?
Robson Carpenter LLP
COVID-19 Resources & UpdateSource: Michelle Kelly, © Robson Carpenter LLP.
As you may have noticed, I have not blogged about COVID-19 much these past few months. This was an intentional decision based on a number of factors. The situation was evolving so quickly that it seemed like my advice was changing almost daily at times depending on the recent statistics, public health recommendations, emergency orders, and the law.
Summary: Quarter post count – 10, Topics – COVID-19 (3):
caremongering in condos, talking on a balcony,CAT self-managed not an excuse, new financial option for condominiums, virtual condo meetings, COVID-19 resources & update , can unit owners examine opinions or invoices from the condominium’s lawyer .
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