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Year: 2019

Condos Must Notify Owners Before They Commence Lawsuits

In a recent decision, the court analyzed the circumstances under which a condo corporation must notify its owners of its intention to commence a lawsuit. In most cases, such a notification must be provide before the lawsuit is even commenced.  Failure to do so may invalidate the legal proceeding.  This can have dire consequences if, in […]

Can a Condo Boards Take Decisions by Email?

Our last post on whether condo owners could access Board emails triggered quite the reaction from our readers. Many wondered whether condo boards could take decisions secretarially, by email, between meetings.  Here’s the answer. In theory, the answer is “no”…. But what about in practice though? Read on. Are your condo fees too high? How do […]

Not all Condo By-laws Require an Absolute Majority to Pass

As most of our readers know, condominium by-laws in Ontario can only be adopted if approved by at least a majority of all registered units. But this is not true of all by-laws.  Some can be adopted by a “simple majority”. This post is about those. What’s a by-law? We’ve blog already on the difference between […]

Can Owners Access Emails Exchanged Between Condo Directors?

Earlier this month, the Condo Authority Tribunal (CAT) ruled on whether owners have a right to get copies or review emails exchanged between directors in circumstances where these emails are the basis of board decisions. In this specific case, the CAT concluded that these emails did not form part of the corporation’s record and, as […]

No Gender Parity on Condo Boards

Earlier this month, CBC published an article on gender parity on corporate boards across Canada. Its findings were surprising and it made us wonder whether condo boards fared better in Ontario. You may be surprised by the results of our research. Inequities in the corporate world As reported by the CBC, according to Statistics Canada, […]

Condo Events in Ottawa – Coming up Soon!

As we come out of the tail end of this year’s second or third winter (I’ve lost count), we can see on the horizon that summer is around the corner. Beaches, patios, frisbee in the park, and (in the Ottawa region) two great new condo networking and learning opportunities! Both of these fantastic events will […]

Condo Owners not Entitled to the Email Addresses of Other Owners

Over the years, there has been much debate over whether condo owners have a right to access the email addresses of other owners. Just as we were last blogging on this, the Condo Authority Tribunal was hearing a case on this exact topic. If there was any doubt, we now know: condo owners are not entitled […]

Can I BBQ on my Condo Balcony?

We’ve finally hit 20 degrees in many parts of the province… about a month later than last year. With the summer season finally upon us, so is the barbecue season. With it, come questions pertaining to BBQ safety and neighbourly etiquette.  This is particularly true in condominium living and even more so when one lives […]

Do Police Need a Warrant to Investigate on Common Elements (Part II)

In this series of posts, we are exploring the question of whether condo corporations can (or should) assist police in the context of an ongoing investigation. In our prior posts, we reviewed two cases where police entered onto common elements for the purpose of their investigation. In the White case, the police entered and hid onto common […]

Should Condo Owners Vote on Changes to Common Elements?

A recurring question from our readers is whether condo owners are required to vote on a renovation project. Aside from the more important question of whether they should be consulted or informed (yes, they should), the legal question is whether consultation is mandatory and, if so, what is the level of support required for the […]