Condos for Sale | Caveat Emptor : A Home or Investment? Vol 1.

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.

Condo Board Elections and Voting: No More Proxy Fraud

The condominium lifestyle grows ever more popular in Ontario: over 11,000 condominium corporations are registered throughout the province, each governed by a board of directors typically comprised of inexperienced owners who step forward as volunteers. Source: Denise Lash, Lash Condo Law

Court Expands Condo Lien Notification Requirements

In a not yet reported case, courts appear to have expanded the notice requirement when liening a condo unit. Failure to properly notify the owner’s spouse may render the lien invalid as against said spouse, even if she neither owns, nor occupies the unit. Source: Rod Escayola, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

What If an Owner Doesn’t Have Proper Reasons for Requesting a Record?

The amended Act [Section 13.3 (1) of Regulation 48/01] now says that owners, purchasers and mortgagees (or their duly authorized agents) can now see records provided their request is solely related to that person’s interests as an owner, a purchaser or a mortgagee of a unit, as the case may be, having regard to the purposes of the Act. Source: James Davidson, Davidson Houle Allen LLP

Condo Forms to be Delegated to the CAO?

Are you still struggling with the various condo forms? We keep hearing that some of them are confusing and difficult to complete. Many of these forms also continue to be fillable online only if you use Internet Explorer. Source: Rod Escayola, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

Condominium Law: Regulatory Proposal Available for Public Comment

Regulatory proposals under the Condominium Act, 1998 now available for public comment

There are various forms (mandatory and optional) under the Condominium Act, 1998 and regulations made under that Act. The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (Ministry) and the Condominium Authority of Ontario (CAO) have received some feedback from the condominium sector regarding certain forms. Source: The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, © Queen’s Printer for Ontario

My notification was received on September 23, 2019. The Ministry is accepting public input until September 30, 2019 only. Care to have a say?

Are You Serious? Volume 14.

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.

Mental health issues in condominiums: Steps to obtain psychiatric assessment

The prevalence of mental illness in Canada cannot be emphasized enough.

According to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), by the time Canadians reach the age of 40, one in two will have, or have had, a mental illness. Moreover, in any given year, CAMH reports that one in five Canadians will experience a mental illness or an addiction problem. Source: Danielle Swartz, Lash Condo Law

The New Three P’s?

If you live in or work for condominiums you’ve heard of the three p’s: people, pets and parking. These are three of the most common sources of problems in condominiums. (It really boils down to one problem – people – but let’s leave that aside for now.)

Lately, it seems like condominiums are encountering problems related to a new set of p’s: pot, prostitution and petty crime. Source: Michelle Kelly,  Robson Carpenter LLP

About the Ontario Condo Information Centre

I began researching and writing this website during my last year as the president of a large high-rise (2002-2008). My original goal had been, and still is, to help condo owners understand their rights and responsibilities, the problems that can emerge, and how condos “work,” both physically and politically. In so doing, I was guided by my 30 years of condo experience and, especially, The Condominium Act, 1998 of Ontario. As well, I had consulted other provincial and territorial Acts to better understand the condo situation throughout the country. Source: Anne-Marie Ambert, Ph.D. University Professor (Emerita), Ontario Condo Information Centre

10 Things You Should Know: Cameras on the Common Elements

For the safety of the residents and the property, installing cameras on the common elements is a no brainer.  However, there is another concern that condominium corporations must consider other than safety – privacy.  Here are ten things your condominium corporation needs to know about installing cameras on the common elements: Source: Jake Fine, Fine & Deo

Apartment and condo dwellers report smelling cannabis more than tobacco smoke, researchers say

More people in apartment buildings and condominiums reported exposure to cannabis smoke than tobacco one year before legalization, a new University of Toronto study says. Source: Heidi Singer, University of Toronto

Judgment could have impact on condo industry: Mackey

A recent court ruling that saw a condominium owner lose her unit due to the actions of her tenant is good news for condo residents but could have a “chilling effect” on investors, says Toronto condominium and commercial litigator Megan Mackey. Source: Tony Poland, Associate Editor