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Month: March 2015

When Hoarding in Condominiums Becomes a Hazard for Other Residents

This case involving a housing co-operative provides a good (but sad) example of the difficulties faced by a corporation (be it condominium or co-operative) when faced with a hoarder. In this case, the co-operative appears to have taken all required steps to protect the other co-owners and the corporation.  It involved the Police Department, the […]

A Condo Owner Ordered to Pay $790,000 in Legal Fees

When a condo owner and a condominium corporation face each other in court, often the legal fees incurred become the true object of the litigation.  There is no point in winning a case if it is going to cost you more in legal fees than what you recovered. For that reason, traditionally, the successful party […]

Welcome to Our Brand New Blog!

We are truly very excited to launch Gowlings’ blog on condominium law: the Condo Adviser. We have designed this blog, both in look and content, to be sleek, modern, uncluttered and very easy to use. We aim to provide you with a one-stop shop where you can get timely and reliable advice on all of […]

Condo Owners Must Pay for the Unlawful Conduct of Their Directors

Who should pay the bill when condominium directors act unlawfully and take justice in their own hand? According to the Court of Appeal it may be the owners having elected them! We blogged already on the Ottawa case where condominium directors were found to be in contempt of court when they decided to ignore a […]

Conflict of Interest: Better Safe Than Sorry

With ethics and governance being such a hot topics in the corporate and political world, you won’t be surprised to hear that condominium corporations are no stranger to these concepts.  Directors must be conscious of the standard of care expected from them and of the risk of conflict of interest. Sections 40 and 41 of […]

A Settlement to Accommodate a Disability Must Be in Writing

John Taite and his Ottawa condominium corporation were back before the Human Rights Tribunal recently. The take away this time is that, if you are going to reach an out-of-court settlement, you better put the agreement in writing. This is true in any litigation but is actually required if you want the Human Rights Tribunal […]

Update on the Condominium Act Review

In September 2013, the Ontario government, in conjunction with Canada’s Public Policy Forum, published a working paper on changes to the Condominium Act of Ontario. The current Condominium Act in use in Ontario was prepared in the late 1990s and brought into force in 2001. It is widely held that a review of the Act […]

Ontario Allows Six-Story Wood-Framed Buildings

Since January 1st, 2015, Ontario allows for the construction of much higher wood-framed buildings. Through changes to the Ontario Building Code, wood-framed buildings are now allowed to be built up to six-storey high, raising the limit from the prior four-storey limit. According to a press release from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, this […]