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Rod Escayola

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 […]

Corporations Must Act Fast When Condo Owners Requisition a Meeting of Owners

There is presently a fair bit of confusion with respect to how a special meeting of owners is requisitioned and called.  This is due, at least in part, to the fact that we are still in a transition period between the “old” and the “new” Condo Act.  In this post we explore the steps required […]

Survey your Owners Before you Adopt a Rule on Tobacco and Cannabis

  We have helped quite a few condominium corporations pass rules dealing with tobacco and cannabis.  Systematically, the single most important question faced by boards is: What rule would be acceptable to our owners?  For that reason, we have developed a tool which will allows you to get a timely and accurate reading on your […]

Should Condo Owners be Able to Get Information About Other Owners?

We are often asked whether condo owners are entitled to get the list of names and addresses of the other owners. Some feel that owners should be able to know who the other owners are and should be able to communicate with them.  Others are concerned that such disclosure may infringe on the privacy of […]

New Tribunal Rules on Owners Accessing Condominium Records

Six months after its inauguration, the Condo Administrative Tribunal is issuing its first decisions.  For now, the Tribunal’s jurisdiction is limited to disputes related to condominium records.  In this post, we explore what we can learn from the first 5 decisions of this new tribunal. The Condo Tribunal The Condo Authority Tribunal is a new […]

How to Complete the New Condo Proxy

You will recall that, in early May, the province of Ontario issued a new and improved version of the Condo Proxy Form. The information on this new form is re-organized and it offers more choices when delegating your proxy powers. Still, with all its improvements, the form continues to be somewhat daunting and difficult to […]

What do Condo Owners Think of Marijuana Legalization?

The legalization of cannabis, and its expected impact on communities across the country, continue to be a hot topic. Seems like everyone has an opinion on it: The Ontario Real Estate Association wants better protection against grow op Ontario Landlords want to ban cannabis smoking Banning home-grown pot would be paternalistic and unenforceable: former Minister […]

Can I BBQ on my Condo Balcony?

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 in a mid to high-rise complex, where occupants have the exclusive use of a balcony.  A recurring question […]