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


Condos for Rent | Tenant Beware : Home or Problem? Vol 1.

Shelter Costs Increase

The rate of maximum rent increase for 2020 is based on the Ontario Consumer Price Index compiled by the Federal Government in Ottawa. The statistics are by province and national. The August cost increase in shelter year over year between the nation (2.4%) and Ontario (3.1%) is a 29% increase.

Condominium Corporations with a financial year (fiscal) beginning in January may already have their Boards of Directors directing property managers to keep condo fee increases reasonable in relation to current shelter costs.

For renters however, the province has set the year over year rent increase from 1.8% to 2.2% which is a difference of 22% and the largest since 2013. In the article below are the exceptions to the guidelines and a table of past increases.

Rent increase guideline

The guideline is the maximum a landlord can increase most tenants’ rent during a year without the approval of the Landlord and Tenant Board. Source: © Queen’s Printer for Ontario

Condos for Sale | Caveat Emptor : A Home or Investment? Vol 1.

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 Board Elections and Voting: No More Proxy Fraud

The condominium lifestyle grows ever more popular in Ontario: over 11,000 condominium corporations are registered throughout the province, each governed by a board of directors typically comprised of inexperienced owners who step forward as volunteers. Source: Denise Lash, Lash Condo Law

Court Expands Condo Lien Notification Requirements

In a not yet reported case, courts appear to have expanded the notice requirement when liening a condo unit. Failure to properly notify the owner’s spouse may render the lien invalid as against said spouse, even if she neither owns, nor occupies the unit. Source: Rod Escayola, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

What If an Owner Doesn’t Have Proper Reasons for Requesting a Record?

The amended Act [Section 13.3 (1) of Regulation 48/01] now says that owners, purchasers and mortgagees (or their duly authorized agents) can now see records provided their request is solely related to that person’s interests as an owner, a purchaser or a mortgagee of a unit, as the case may be, having regard to the purposes of the Act. Source: James Davidson, Davidson Houle Allen LLP

Condo Forms to be Delegated to the CAO?

Are you still struggling with the various condo forms? We keep hearing that some of them are confusing and difficult to complete. Many of these forms also continue to be fillable online only if you use Internet Explorer. Source: Rod Escayola, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP