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 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 10.

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.

Martin Short and Friends Fight to Save Muskoka from Condos and Over-Development

Toronto cottagers heading to Muskoka these days might find tranquility a little harder to find. Proving still waters can run deep, cottagers and residents alike are protesting new multi-unit condominium projects around the lakes that have made the region famous. Source: Lisa Van de Ven, Storeys Publishing Inc.

14 Common Misconceptions About Condos

Today, we’re sharing 14 common misconceptions about owning a condominium: Source: the BREL Team | Toronto Realtors

Special Assessments in Condos: Insure Your Risk

At a recent annual general meeting, the owners were advised that their reserve fund was not properly funded over the years and repairs needed to be done to the roofs and parking garage in the very near future.  There was discussion around special assessments and how owners would be paying those amounts. Source: Denise Lash, Lash Condo Law

Home or Condo Unit Sharing Through Online Platforms

Short term tenancy or single family visitor? Single family use or multiple occupancy? Rooming house or boarding house? Commercial use? Condominium insurance issues?

Many of the issues listed above have been dealt with in a series of cases and were believed to have nailed down home sharing as akin to hotel use and therefore not in accordance with single family use restrictions common in condominium declarations. Source: John Deacon, Deacon, Spears, Fedson + Montizambert

What is a Section 98 Agreement?

In my last post, I wrote about section 98 of the Condominium Act, 1998, which permits owners to make changes to the common elements if: the board approves the proposed change; they enter into an agreement with the corporation; and notice is provided to all owners (if applicable). Today I’ll discuss the agreement in more detail. Source: Michelle Kelly, Robson Carpenter LLP

Have You Looked At Your Water Bill Lately?

We reported previously on the City’s new fee structure, cautioning that the new tiered approach might be bad news for condominiums (click here to access our previous blog). Source: Nicole Robinson, Davidson Houle Allen LLP