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Month: April 2015

A Director Should Not Act Against the Rest of the Board

Last week, the court rendered a lengthy decision in the Ballingall matter.  In this court case, we represented a group of unit owners who successfully enforced the “single family” provision found in the corporation’s declaration.  Our previous post on this case focused on how the court enforced the condo’s single-family provision.  This post will focus on the court’s […]

A Condominium Declaration Can Prohibit Short-term Rentals to Unrelated Students

In a recent Ottawa case, the court confirmed that a condominium corporation can (and should) prohibit the leasing of condo units to unrelated tenants when the condo declaration limits the use of the units to “private single families“. The Facts of This Case In this case involving a 38-year old condominium corporation, two factions faced each other: the owners […]

Condominiums Have a Duty to Accommodate Individuals with Disabilities

Owners and occupants of condominiums have a duty to comply with the Condominium Act, the declaration and the corporation’s other governing documents.  In fact, the board of directors has an obligation to take reasonable steps to ensure that all owners and occupants do, in fact, comply with these governing documents. But condominiums also have a duty […]

Pet Eviction: A Tenant Does Not Have More Rights Than an Owner

The Residential and Tenancies Act, 2006 is the legislation presently applying to landlords and tenants.  It provides that “[a] provision in a tenancy agreement prohibiting the presence of animals in or about the residential complex is void.” Consequently, a landlord cannot prevent a tenant from having a pet. However, what does that mean for condominium corporations? Can […]

Is the Insurance Industry Turning Its Back on Condominiums?

According to a recent article in the Globe and Mail, shoddy construction, rising claims for water damage and inadequate regulation is leading insurance companies to refuse to insure condominium corporations.  In the meantime, premiums and deductibles are skyrocketing.  Not just in Vancouver:  in Toronto and in Ottawa too.  Worse, in some cases, condominium corporations are […]

What Does the Pre-Delivery Inspection of a New Condo Entail?

I recently bought my first home: a brand new condominium unit.  In this post, and in more to follow, I intend on blogging about this experience and about the first year in the life of a condominium corporation. After months of anticipation leading up to the date of occupancy, I recently got to set foot, […]

CCI’s Spring Directors’ Course: April 18-19 in Ottawa

CCI Ottawa is very excited to present, once again, its much attended Spring Directors’ Course. It will be held on April 18 and 19 at the Hellenic Center, at 1315 Prince of Wales Drive. The course addresses all of the key requirements under the Condominium Act and is sure to equip new or seasoned directors with the […]