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Has the Condo Tribunal Delivered all that it Promised to?

The “new” Condo Tribunal started hearing and adjudicating condo-related disputes on November 1, 2017. A year later, what have we learned?  What documents are being requested? Are corporations complying with their obligations? Can corporations charge to access records? In this post we take a look back at the CAT’s first year of operation. Condo Tribunal The […]

New Education Requirements for Condo Managers Renewing their General Licence in 2019

While there had been a bit of a lull in the implementation of the amendments to the Condo Act since the change of the guard at Queens park, things have not come to a screeching halt.  The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services has released new continuing education requirement for some condo managers. These changes do not […]

100 years later, poppies still bloom

This post marks the 100th anniversary of the First World War’s Armistice. The last to fall In the early morning of November 11, 1918, the 28th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, arrived in the village of Havré, Belgium, having secured all bridges on the Canal du Centre. There, around 9 a.m., while facing Ville-sur-Haine across […]

Changes to the Smoke-Free Act Affecting Condos

As our readers know already [unless you have been hiding under a rock or have been under the influence of some recently legalized substance], cannabis was legalized in Canada on October 17, 2018. On that same day, but some 17 hours later, Ontario adopted Bill 36, which modified its Smoke-Free Ontario Act.  This was required to address […]

Smoking Cannabis in Condos is Not a Protected Human Right

Only days before the legalization of cannabis, the Human Rights Commission of Ontario has issued a Policy Statement on Cannabis and the Human Rights Code.  This Policy Statement helps us understand how the Commission is likely to deal with cannabis-related competing rights in a condominium setting. There is No “Right” to Consume Recreational Cannabis in […]

Must Condos Grandfather Cannabis Smoking When Adopting a Rule?

As the entire country is counting down the days to the legalization of cannabis, many condos are adopting rules prohibiting cannabis smoking and growing in units. In many cases, condos also take this opportunity to address tobacco smoking. Invariably, we are asked whether condos are required to grandfather existing smokers when adopting such rules. This […]

What Happens if a Condo Directors does not Complete the Mandatory Training?

We were hoping you would not be asking that question. Who is opposed to apple pie? Ontario’s Condo Director Training is not only mandatory, its extremely useful, easy and free. But here it is, our post on what happens if a condo director fails to complete the required training within the set time. Requirements and […]

Privacy or Transparency in Condos: What Info Should your Neighbour Get About You?

We were  surprised by the response to our post on whether condo owners should be entitled to get the owners’ list and our post on whether owners should be able to inspect proxies.  There were definitely strongly held views. It makes for interesting conversation! At the end of the day, we identified three groups. The […]

Is this Condo Rule Legal?

A question we often get from our readers is whether a particular condo rule is valid. Naturally, we can’t answer specific questions without a thorough review of the rule in question but this post may help demystify what condo rules are about and how they are adopted. This post will also address two very common […]

Should Condo Owners be Allowed to Inspect Proxy Forms?

The Condominium Authority Tribunal was recently asked to rule on whether condo owners should be allowed to inspect unredacted copies of the proxy form used at an AGM. This was yet another case where the Tribunal attempted to balance privacy and transparency. Mini survey Before we summarize the case, tell us what you think.  Should owners be allowed […]