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Month: December 2016

The “Airbnb” Decision is Out

Earlier this month, we blogged about what became known as the “Airbnb decision”. The decision, OCSCC 961 v. Menzies, is now reported and can finally be accessed online. You will recall that this decision dealt with the case of an owner who very successfully leased out his condo unit on short-term basis on sites such as Airbnb. Such […]

A Canadian Christmas Story: Remembering the Battle of Ortona

At this time of the year, when many of us gather with friends and family to share a meal and celebrate, the Condo Adviser would like to share this Canadian Christmas story.  It has nothing to do with condos, case law or legislation. It’s a little unknown page of our history which took place on […]

Regulations Under the Legislation to Regulate Condo Managers Are Out For Consultation!

The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services has posted today a draft of the first set of proposed regulations to be adopted under the new Condo Management Services Act. This Act is the legislation which will regulate and provide for the licensing of Condo Managers in Ontario. For those who want to have a look at what […]

Airbnb Is Incompatible with The “Single Family Use” Provision of Most Condo Declarations

With the growing interest in the “sharing economy”, Airbnb and other short-term rental websites are often causing headaches within condominium communities across the province and beyond. In many cases, condominium corporations have had to adopt rules to attempt to regulate the leasing and occupancy of units within their complex. While useful, these rules may have […]

Can Condo Owners Lease Out Their Parking Space?

CBC news recently reported on a Uber-style app that connects drivers looking for parking with people who want to lease their parking space. The article warned that the City of Ottawa zoning by-law does not allow the rental of residential driveways – unless the rental is directly associated with the lease of the dwelling itself (meaning […]