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Condos Cannot Lien the Cost of Seeking Compliance

A recent Toronto decision (Amlani v. YCC 473) has made it far more difficult for condo corporations to get indemnified when seeking compliance from owners. The decision is also a friendly reminder for condo corporations to act reasonably and to prefer resolution over litigation. Facts of the case The facts are complex but can be […]

Condo Tasks to do this Month

As the blissful haze of the holiday period dissipates, it’s back to regular business to all of the Condo Geeks out there. With this post, let us remind you of some tasks requiring your (near) immediate attention. Apply for the new Electricity Rebate Program Last November, the province introduced a new Ontario Electricity Rebate program […]

The Condo Forms Have Moved !! Find Them Here!

As of January 1, 2020, the province of Ontario has delegated to the Condominium Authority of Ontario the responsibility over 17 of the most used condo forms.  As a result of this, most of these forms have now moved away from the government’s website onto the CAO website. FEAR NOT! We, at Condo Adviser, have updated […]

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. Some names and identifying details have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals involved. You’re a […]

Prohibiting Nuisance, Annoyance and Disruption in Condos

The province is seeking your input on 2 very important (and related) matters: Better regulating nuisance, annoyance and disruption in condos; Expanding the Condo Authority Tribunal’s authority to deal with disputes related to these. Your views and comments on these important changes must be sent in before January 31, 2020. Nuisance, annoyance and disruption One […]

Cameras and Police Investigations on Common Elements: Limits of Board Authority

The Ontario Court of Appeal has issued an important decision giving condo boards some clarity on how much they are expected to cooperate with police investigations. It also traces clear limits on investigatory powers police have on common elements.  Ultimately, the Court of Appeal helps us understand whether police can conduct investigations on common elements, […]

Changes to “Slip and Falls” Involving Condos?

The province of Ontario is considering potential changes to the Occupiers’ Liability Act, which (if adopted) would bring drastic changes to how claims for slip and falls can be brought against condo corporations. Indeed, Norman Miller (the Parry Sound-Muskoka MPP) is sponsoring a private members’ bill aimed at imposing strict (and very short) time limits to […]

First 10 Things to do After a Condo AGM

Your condo just held its Annual General Meeting (AGM). New directors were elected (maybe even more daunting, you were elected). Now what? There’s lots of work ahead, certainly! But where do you start. Allow us to list the first 10 things you should consider doing following the AGM: Task #1: Proxies, ballots and registration sheets As mundane as […]

Changes to Electricity Cost for Condos

The Ontario government has announced the introduction of a new Ontario Electricity Rebate program, in replacement to the old “Fair Hydro Plan” set by the previous government.  These changes, some of which are effective November 1, 2019, are meant to show the true costs of electricity to Ontarians. The province is announcing that the electricity […]

The Day Canada Became a Nation – Remembrance post

Every November, we pause to remember the many who answered the call of duty and those who paid the ultimate price for the freedom of others. This year marks the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II.  Indeed, on September 1st, 1939, Germany invaded Poland. Within days, on September 3, when Germany did […]