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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 […]

The 10-Day Countdown to Condo Liens is Not as Simple as it Sounds

The decision of CCC 476 v Wong, 2019 ONSC 4207 released this past summer has provided some clarity around an issue that most people may not have realized was even an issue… counting to 10. Stay with me here. As many of our readers will know, one of the most effective tools that condo corporations have […]

Ontario’s Small Claims Court Raising its $$ Limits

Effective January 1, 2020, the Government of Ontario has raised the monetary threshold for Small Claims Court from $25,000 to $35,000. This means that, as of that date, monetary claims of up to $35,000 will have to be brought to Small Claims Court.  Anything above that amount will continue to be adjudicated by the Superior […]

Condo Declaration May Not Impose an Obligation to Lease Parking in Perpetuity

In a recent decision, a judge ruled that a provision in a condo declaration which imposed on the corporation an obligation to lease back parking spots in perpetuity is unenforceable, against public policy and against the Planning Act. The condo corporation was permitted to terminate the lease. Facts of this case This case involved a dispute […]

Condo’s Legal Bills Sent to be Assessed

A recent court decision, Temedio v NNCC No. 6, reminds condominium corporation to be reasonable and measured when enforcing their rules and warns against excessive legal fees charged to owners. This case,  provides some useful insight into the situation that unfortunately, many owners find themselves in: being asked to pay their condominium’s legal bills when they breach the rules. […]

CAO Fees Reduced for Another Year!

For a second year in a row, the CAO has announced that it will be implementing a temporary 25 per cent reduction to its budgeted annual fee payable by condo corporations. This reduction will be applicable to the 2020-2021. As you  know, the CAO provides information, training, dispute resolution and other consumer protection condo-related services […]

Rosh Hashana Greetings – and a Refresher on Religious Accommodation in the Condo World

This coming Sunday evening to Tuesday evening (Sept.29-Oct.1), this CondoAdviser contributor will be logging off and spending 2 days with family and community for the observance of the Jewish High Holiday of Rosh Hashana. Rosh Hashana marks the New Year, pursuant to the Jewish lunar calendar. This year, we celebrate Year 5780! In this holiday season, […]

Condo Forms to be Delegated to the CAO?

Are you still struggling with the various condo forms? We keep hearing that some of them are confusing and difficult to complete. Many of these forms also continue to be fillable online only if you use Internet Explorer.  And don’t get us started on the proxy… Don’t despair, there may be light at the end […]

Court Expands Condo Lien Notification Requirements

In a not yet reported case, courts appear to have expanded the notice requirement when liening a condo unit. Failure to properly notify the owner’s spouse may render the lien invalid as against said spouse, even if she neither owns, nor occupies the unit. Facts of the case This case involves a condo unit registered […]