Reliable and timely advice for all of your condominium legal needs in Ontario.

Be the First to Know

Search by Topic

Rod Escayola

Soldier Ordered to Take Down Canadian Flag from Condo Unit

This past week, a high-ranked soldier was ordered to take down the Canadian flag and pole affixed to his condo unit. Naturally, social media lit up over this, mostly with reactions of shock at such an unpatriotic demand – condo boards and managers are rarely seen as the good guys. Emotions aside, this leave us with […]

Court Approves a Borrowing By-law Despite the Absence of a Majority Supporting it

A very short, and somewhat puzzling, decision was issued in January 2019, which appears to change the level of support required to adopt a condo by-law. The decision appears to have been rendered on an uncontested basis, which may explain the outcome.  This blog post is about the LaFramboise v. YCC No. 365 case. As I read […]

Are Condo Owners Entitled to Access the Owners’ Email List?

A recent court decision ordering a not-for-profit organization to disclose the email addresses of its members caused quite a stir in condo land this past week. This brings us to revisit a recurrent question: Are condo owners entitled to access the list of email addresses of other owners? In case you are pressed for time, let […]

What Documents Must be Included with the Periodic Information Certificate?

Most are already familiar with the requirement to send out Periodic Information Certificates (PICs) to condo owners in Ontario.  PICs must be sent twice a year (thankfully down from the initially contemplated 4) and must be prepared in accordance with regulation.  Thankfully, the province of Ontario has made things easier by issuing the form to […]

Time to File your 2019 CAO Condo Returns

It’s that time of year again! Time to start working on filing your Condo Returns with the CAO.  The deadline is March 31, 2019.  This year, this mandatory requirement comes with good and bad news: Good news: The CAO is (temporarily) reducing it’s Assessment Fees (Yay!); Bad News: The CAO may fine corporations who miss the […]

How Long Must a Condo Retain Information Certificates?

Our blog post on condo record retention triggered a fair bit of interest and many questions from readers. Specifically, many asked how long they should retain the information certificate. Here’s our answer. What is the Information Certificate? Periodic Information Certificates (and their cousins, the “Information Certificate Update” and the “New Owner Information Certificate”) are documents […]

Democracy in Condos: What’s in a majority?

As many of us are slowly (and perhaps reluctantly) making our way back to work this first week of January, we thought we’d start the year with an easy and fun post: a Quiz! This time, our Quiz will focus on the level of support required for different condo decisions. Indeed, we often think that majority […]

Season’s Greetings!

Wow! Has this year gone by in a flash! It’s been a busy year at Condo Adviser!  We’ve published 52 posts on all condo topics with a focus on understanding and explaining Ontario’s changes to the Condo Act. We’ve also introduced interactive condo tools such as our AGM calculator; our PIC calendar, our Record Retention Chart, many surveys and a fun quiz. We’ve been in the […]

What is Your Favourite Law Blog? My Clawbies nominations.

This post is not about condo law. It contains my Clawbies nominations for 2018. Read on if you want to know which law blogs are my favourite ones (after Condo Adviser, naturally….). If law blogs were somewhat of a novelty a decade ago, they have now become an inescapable part of the cyber landscape and […]

How Long Must Condos Retain Corporate Records?

One of the many objectives behind the amendments to the Condo Act was to maintain and strengthen the “open books” principle by making an easier path for unit owners to access corporate records.  The new Act also provided much needed guidance by identify many (but not all) of the corporate records as well as the applicable retention […]