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The hidden truth about searching for and posting links to every article found of possible interest to condo owners and tenants is it’s extremely time consuming.

Within minutes from now you’ll discover the new quarterly approach to feature only active law firms providing intelligence to condominiums during the 4th quarter of 2019. The last article for the quarter is shown only. At the end of each post there is usually a link to any prior article and in some cases to the next one. Hold the secret weapon of multiple issues raised and education provided that is aimed at everyone. Pull the trigger. Explore the following: 

Top Condo Lessons of 2019

As 2020 approaches I find myself reflecting on the most important news, cases, and events from this past year. There were several notable decisions released this year and a few that I’m sure we would all like to forget! The hardest part of these lists is selecting only ten to speak about. Here is my list of the top ten condo lessons for 2019: Source: Michelle Kelly, Robson Carpenter LLP

The Condo Director Who Stole Christmas

As we approach year end and embark on our collective mad-dash towards the holidays, we thought we’d revisit a Christmas classic and adapt it to the condo world. Here’s our last post of the year; our Condo Christmas Story. Source: Rodrigue Escayola, © 2019 Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

2019 in Review – What to expect in 2020

Our favourite Court decisions from 2019. Source: Mohiminol Khandaker, Davidson Houle Allen LLP Condominium Law

Condo Owners Prohibited from Smoking on Balcony

In a recent case before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, WCC No. 31 v. Silberberg et al, a condominium corporation obtained an order prohibiting the unit owners, Mr. and Mrs. Silberberg, from smoking on their balcony in contravention of the condominium rules. Source: Denise Lash, Lash Condo Law

Privacy Rights and Security Cameras in Condominiums

In a decision released on December 2, 2019, the Court of Appeal for Ontario has confirmed that condominium corporations cannot allow the police to place hidden cameras in common areas without a warrant.  The case is an interesting read in respect of balancing the privacy expectations of residents with effective property management. Source: Jennifer Malchuk, © 2015 Fine & Deo

Condos can impose reasonable pet bans

Condo corporations may lawfully ban pets in certain circumstances, says Toronto condominium and commercial litigator Megan Mackey. Global News recently reported on a campaign by residents of two Toronto condo buildings seeking to overturn their board’s recently introduced ban on pets. Source: Megan Mackey, Shibley Righton LLP

Make the most of this post even though it is so late. Expect the next article to be more timely.

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

CAT Out of the Bag

A refreshing summary of all the recent activity at the Condo Authority Tribunal.

Summer Reading: Condo Authority Tribunal (CAT) Edition

On April 11, 2019, I wrote about some of the Condo Authority Tribunal (CAT) decisions so far. Some of the highlights include the dismissal of claims that were vexatious, the adoption of the “open book” principle enumerated in previous case law, and confirmation that owners may access the list of owners. You can read the post here. The CAT has been busy since my previous post, releasing another 16 decisions in the last four months! Source: Michelle Kelly, Robson Carpenter LLP