Are You Serious? Volume 13.

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.

Condominium Landlords Can Be Held Responsible for their Tenants 

Can a condominium corporation hold a unit owner financially responsible for legal proceedings initiated against the corporation by his/her tenant, even in cases where the owner did not authorize the lawsuit? In the recent case York Condominium Corporation No. 187 v. Sandhu, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice answered this question in the affirmative. Source: Mohiminol Khandaker, Davidson Houle Allen LLP

Fire Safety for Condos and the Implications of Short-Term Rentals

Fire safety in Ontario is governed by the Fire Code O. Reg. 213/07, which is a regulation made under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997. The Fire Code establishes minimum requirements for fire safety in buildings and facilities, including condominiums. Source: Danielle Swartz, Lash Condo Law

Property managers: Social worker for tenants?

Being in the business of owning and managing residential real estate has with it the advantage that there will always be customers because people will always need a place to live, but along with that comes the challenge that the product is very personal in nature: it’s somebody’s home. Source: Brandon Sage, LandLord Property & Rental Management, Inc., Key Media Pty Ltd

Who’s winning the Toronto condo market?

More than one third of Toronto’s condo units are owned by people who don’t live in them, according to new numbers from Statistics Canada. Who are all these condo investors and how much money are they making? We found a few and asked them. Source: Josh Dehaas, Toronto Life

Elevator Ups and Downs

Users of the approximately 19,900 residential and institutional elevators in Ontario take approximately 655,000 elevator trips in a single day, according to Delta Elevator. And elevators are essential to the mobility of many of these users, who include residents and guests of condominium corporations. Source: Courtney Cartmill, Condominium Manager , Wilson, Blanchard Management Inc.

b-LOG: CONDO FEES: The 2 Questions You Should Ask

We often hear from people (the general public and REALTORS® alike) who have concerns with condo fees. By concerns we mean good ol’ fashioned “no thanks!” hesitation. Source: THE bTEAM

Are You Serious? Volume 7.

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.

The Truth is Out There

Condo owners hope to elect conscientious directors to make good decisions on their behalf.  Once elected, some owners and residents attempt to influence these decisions in ways not always in the best interest of the community.  Condo directors may make decisions for personal gain or after relying on bad information. Source: Toronto Condo News Magazine

Assigning Responsibility for Remediating Mould

Repair and maintenance obligations are split between unit owners and the condominium corporation. The Condominium Act requires the corporation to maintain and repair the common elements. In general, unit owners are responsible for repairs to their own units and for damage they cause to the common elements. What happens, however, when you cannot be sure where the damage started?  Source: Caleb Edwards, Miller Thomson LLP

Condo unit owners not always king of the castle

A recent Ontario Superior Court decision highlights the restricted rights that condominium unit owners have to renovate compared with traditional freehold homeowners, says Toronto condominium lawyer Armand Conant. Source: Staff

Condo Vs Apartment: The Difference, Facts & Analysis

When it comes to settling in a place for living or basically, building a home, there are a number of options that one has to do so. An individual could opt for a standalone house in a less populated area, or, opt for a shared unit is a tower to have a budgeted living. Source: Jordan Scrinko, Precondo

Positive Developments For Housing Providers On Reasonable Accommodations

Two recent decisions of the Human Rights Tribunal are instructive for those in property management with respect to the duty to accommodate. Both cases involved physical modifications to residential complexes and include insight into: the procedural duty to accommodate; the substantive duty to accommodate; and, what is a reasonable accommodation. Source: Kristin Ley, Cohen Highley LLP Lawyers

Aging in Place – The Legal Issues

The changing demographics in condominiums raises a number of legal issues that condominium corporations, owners, directors and property managers must consider. Source: Sonja Hodis, Hodis Law