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

Condo boards often brought into disputes between neighbours

A legal battle between a celebrity and his Manhattan neighbour may be a rather extreme example of a fairly common condominium dispute, says Toronto condominium lawyer Luis Hernandez. Source: AdvocateDaily.com Staff

How to Deal with Police Requests and Activity in Condominiums

Condominium corporations have a responsibility to protect the privacy of their residents and unit owners. They also have an obligation to prevent danger and to keep people and property reasonably safe pursuant to the Condominium Act, 1998 and the Occupiers’ Liability Act, 1990. At times, these two duties can be in conflict. This conflict is never more acute than when police become involved with a condominium corporation. Source: Mario D. Deo, © 2015 Fine & Deo

Short-Term Rental By-law: LPAT Hearing Update

In late 2017, the City of Toronto (the “City”) approved recommendations to create a new zoning by-law regulating short-term rentals. The by-law was intended to take effect in June 2018 but was appealed at the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (the “Tribunal”) and has yet to come into force. Source: Jason Rivait,© 2019 Miller Thomson LLP

Ban bully offers, double-ending to improve fairness: Samaroo

Banning bully offers and double-ending by realtors would make the real estate market fairer for consumers, says Toronto real estate lawyer Sarita Samaroo. Source: AdvocateDaily.com Staff

Have You Signed A Leaseback Purchase Agreement On A Condo? You Might Owe The CRA Thousands Of Dollars!

Buying a condo unit with the intent to rent it out seems like a wise decision and many condo buyers opt for this. However, if you are among those individuals who signed a leaseback agreement with a company or directly with the builders, then you might now be owing thousands of dollars in taxes, according to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Source: © 2019 Nanda & Associate Lawyers Professional Corporation

10 Things You Should Know: Workplace Harassment

Workplace harassment is an issue plaguing nearly every workplace, and that includes condominium corporations. Here are ten things you should know about workplace harassment: Source: Jake Fine, © 2015 Fine & Deo


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, AdvocateDaily.com Associate Editor





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