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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 […]

Municipal Elections: Can Condo Owners Post Electoral Signs?

With October coming up, we can all probably expect to see pumpkin patches, coloured leaves, chai lattes and…. electoral signs! Indeed, Ontario municipal elections will take place this October 22, 2018. This will bring the usual uncertainty as to what candidates and their supporting owners can do when it comes to canvassing and posting electoral signs. […]

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 […]

New Regulations Applicable to Condo Pools

With the warm summer we are experiencing, a pool is certainly a hot amenity to have in a condominium building. New regulations governing the operation and maintenance of pools (including pools in condos) came into effect on July 1st, 2018.  Indeed, condo pools in Ontario are considered public pools and are regulated under the Health […]

Register Your Condo Corporation with the CAO !

Some Ontario condo corporations are still “Missing in Action” and have not yet registered with the Condo Authority of Ontario. The good news is that more than 81% of the existing condo corps have met their legal obligation and have filed their mandatory Condo Return.  Still, there are a few stragglers.  Registration is mandatory.  If you […]

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 […]