Are You Serious? Volume 4.

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.

Working with Condo Boards that Want to Manage

In previous blog entries, we reviewed Advice for New Condominium Managers, and How to Successfully Transition to a New Property.  So you’ve started your career (or are still advancing it) and you’ve set yourself up for success in your new property. Source: Lyndsey McNally RCM, Malvern Condominium Property Management, ACMO

Condo Board Disclosure

Some interesting issues have cropped up recently around “Candidate Disclosure” requirements for candidates running for positions on condominium boards of directors. Source: Sarah Morrey, Lash Condo Law

Call to condo lawyer would have saved corporation time, money

A condominium management team that objected to a Jewish condo owner attaching a mezuzah to the doorframe of his residence highlights the importance of seeking legal advice before taking action, says Toronto condominium lawyer Audrey Loeb. Source: Kirsten McMahon, Managing Editor

What is Arbitration?

Whenever I am Asked to Explain Arbitration, I Start With Judge Judy Source: Marc Bhalla, CCI Toronto and Area Chapter

Condo boards can ban balcony barbecues: Mackey

Residents will struggle to challenge condo-imposed bans on balcony barbecuing, says Toronto condominium and commercial litigator Megan Mackey. Source: Staff

How Much is Your Condo Worth? The Lowdown on Pricing a Condo

Wondering how much your condo is worth?

Determining the value of a condo is generally easier than valuing a house because there are likely identical or nearly identical comparable sales in your building. In determining the value of a condo, real estate agents and appraisers will determine the price per square foot of recent sales and use that as a basis to determine the value of your condo. For example, a 750 sqft condo may be worth $900 PSF (per square foot) or $675,000. Source: the BREL Team | Toronto Realtors

Are You Serious? Volume 2.

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.

Dealing with an Abusive Condo Owner – A Recent Court Decision

There’s an old adage that “a man’s home is his castle.” However, when that castle is a condominium unit, owners need to realize that they are not the exclusive ruler of their castle and that they do not have the same freedoms and level of control as the owner of a freehold property. Source: Denise Lash, Lash Condo Law

What To Do When an Owner’s Behaviour Escalates…

It is never a pleasant situation when an owner disregards the Condominium Act, 1998 (the “Act”), and the Corporation’s Declaration, By-laws and Rules.  It is much more concerning when that behaviour begins to escalate causing concern for the safety and security of Board members, their families and the Corporation’s contractors. Source: Cheryll Wood, Davidson Houle Allen LLP

Special Assessments

Most homeowners agree that maintenance and unexpected repairs are a fact of life. So why does talk of a special assessment send shock waves through a condominium? Source: Jacqueline Moneta JD with assistance from Jayson Schwarz LLM, Schwarz Law LLP

Spell everything out when contracting a home reno project

All home renovation projects should start with a clearly written contract detailing exactly what the project encompasses and the costs involved, says Barrie civil litigator Scott Hawryliw. “In my experience, most litigation in this area stems from the contractor and homeowner not being on the same page as to what the scope of the work will be,” … Source: Paul Russell, Contributor

Resolving condominium disputes

Types of disputes

A condominium combines both business and community living and disputes are inevitable. Condominium disputes can involve a wide variety of issues between condo owners, tenants, occupants, and condo corporations. Some will be personal disputes, as between two individuals. Others will require the input or actions of the Board, and the involvement of the condominium corporation. It is always best to attempt to resolve a dispute at the earliest time possible, and through the most direct means. Source: Legal Line, a Federal Not-for-profit Corporation

Do Condos Have a Duty to Accommodate Disabled Residents?

The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (the “Tribunal”) recently released a decision regarding whether condominium corporations in Ontario have a duty to accommodate the specific requests of disabled residents and, the timeframe within which action must be taken.  In Polito v. Briarlane Property Management Inc., 2019 HRTO 708, a disabled condo resident in Toronto alleged that his accommodation request was ignored for too long and that the eventual change to the building as a result of his request was inadequate. Source: Kelli-Anne Day, Merovitz Potechin LLP

Are Condo Owners A Privileged Few?

Over the ages, the Gods have known that people generally do not know how to get along. As the original version of Condominium Act began demonstrating this reality, condo owners began asking the government to fix the situation it created. What came first, the chicken or the egg? Hmmm. Thus a revised version of the Act was deemed necessary.

In a unique solution to save the average citizen a tax increase, two new agencies were instituted to deal with the problems. The Condominium Authority of Ontario (CAO) and the Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario (CMRAO)  are financed by the Condo owners themselves not the government. At the time of this writing, each Condo owner pays a Loonie per month (a dozen per annum) through their maintenance fee in an effort to resolve any differences that arise. The moral of this story seems to be that the more problems are made for others by the few, the more money will be paid by the many to encourage the few to keep doing the same thing over and over and expect a different result. Like being insane, eh?

Is it possible that the ostrich with it’s head in the sand, has had its pants pulled down and set up for accidental penetration?

For more information on The Condominium Authority of Ontario (CAO) click on this link.

For more information on The Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario (CMRAO) click on this link.