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Condo Liens: What is the Required Minimum Notice?

In a recent Ottawa case, the courts clarified how condo corporations are to calculate the minimum 10-day notice requirement prior to being able to register a lien on a defaulting unit. This post sheds some light on this tricky requirement. Are your condo fees too high? How do they compare? Help us take an accurate […]

Condos Must Step in When an Aggressive Owner Goes Too Far

As the old saying goes, “You catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar.” For my first Condo Adviser post, I wanted to review a recent decision that sets out two key statutory duties imposed on a condo corporation when faced with a potentially aggressive condo owner. The facts of Ottawa Carleton Standard […]

Are your Condo Fees Too High?

Common expenses (commonly referred to as “condo fees”) are a recurring grievance for those living in condos.  They seem to always go up; they seem to never cover enough and owners often feel they have no control over them. In this post we discuss what goes into the calculation of common expenses. But, before we […]

Court Upholds Condo Smoking Ban

In what may be the first case of its kind (at least as it pertains to cannabis), the Québec Superior Court of Justice recently upheld the legality and enforceability of a condo rule preventing tobacco and cannabis smoking inside units and in enclosed common elements. This is  good news for those wishing to enforce similar […]

Can Condos Prohibit Canadian Flags?

With Canada Day just around the corner, Canadian flags will start popping up everywhere, including in Condo Land.  Inevitably, this will lead to a yearly question:  can condos prohibit owners from displaying their maple leaf pride? We tackle this question in this post. May the land over which this new Flag flies remain united in […]

Condos Must Notify Owners Before They Commence Lawsuits

In a recent decision, the court analyzed the circumstances under which a condo corporation must notify its owners of its intention to commence a lawsuit. In most cases, such a notification must be provide before the lawsuit is even commenced.  Failure to do so may invalidate the legal proceeding.  This can have dire consequences if, in […]

Can a Condo Boards Take Decisions by Email?

Our last post on whether condo owners could access Board emails triggered quite the reaction from our readers. Many wondered whether condo boards could take decisions secretarially, by email, between meetings.  Here’s the answer. In theory, the answer is “no”…. But what about in practice though? Read on. Are your condo fees too high? How do […]

Not all Condo By-laws Require an Absolute Majority to Pass

As most of our readers know, condominium by-laws in Ontario can only be adopted if approved by at least a majority of all registered units. But this is not true of all by-laws.  Some can be adopted by a “simple majority”. This post is about those. What’s a by-law? We’ve blog already on the difference between […]

Can Owners Access Emails Exchanged Between Condo Directors?

Earlier this month, the Condo Authority Tribunal (CAT) ruled on whether owners have a right to get copies or review emails exchanged between directors in circumstances where these emails are the basis of board decisions. In this specific case, the CAT concluded that these emails did not form part of the corporation’s record and, as […]

No Gender Parity on Condo Boards

Earlier this month, CBC published an article on gender parity on corporate boards across Canada. Its findings were surprising and it made us wonder whether condo boards fared better in Ontario. You may be surprised by the results of our research. Inequities in the corporate world As reported by the CBC, according to Statistics Canada, […]