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

Is Cannabis Creating Condo Chaos?

The personal choice between smoking and chewing cannabis should be easy. For a Director, making the best decision for the Corporation is more complex. Here are some articles on the problem and possible solutions.

Options for condo boards looking to ban cannabis

Condo boards have two options if they want to prohibit smoking, growing or processing cannabis within their buildings — they can either amend their declaration or pass a rule, Toronto condominium lawyer Warren Kleiner tells Law Times. – Source: Patricia MacInnis, Senior Editor

Can Condo Boards Regulate Smoking in My Unit?

If you’re a condo owner, you might be horrified to discover that you’ve received a condo special assessment notice because your condo board thinks that you’ve been smoking in violation of the bylaws. – Source: Horlick Levitt Di Lella LLP

Beware the legal implications of pot use in your home

People offering legal cannabis products to guests in their home should be aware of the potential consequences, Toronto personal injury lawyer David Derfel tells – Source: Paul Russell, Contributor

Enforcing Smoking and Cannabis Rules in your Condo: Is There a Right to Enter a Unit?

Since recreational cannabis became legal, many condominium corporations have enacted rules to prohibit smoking tobacco and cannabis and cultivating cannabis plants in units. – Source: Danielle Swartz, Lash Condo Law. To get a copy of our helpful guide on Smoking and Cannabis in your condo, click here.

Banning pot not easy: Murray

Ontario landlords who want to ban tenants from smoking marijuana better check their existing lease agreements to see if it’s possible, Ottawa paralegal Amri Murray tells – Source: Paul Russell, Contributor

Cannabis legalization leads to uncertain times for landlords

The legalization of cannabis has left many landlords wondering what rights their tenants have when it comes to its use in rental properties, Toronto real estate lawyer Sarita Samaroo tells Canadian Real Estate Wealth Magazine.- Source: Tony Poland, Associate Editor