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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 […]

Federal Elections: Canvassing and Electoral Signs in Condos

And they’re off to the races !! The prime minister has asked the Governor General to dissolve parliament, setting the stage for Canada next general election. Blue, green, orange and red electoral signs (we’ve listed them alphabetically) will soon be popping everywhere and candidates will start canvassing. In fact, two local candidates have already knocked on my door, […]

Are you Getting Good Value for your Condo Fees?

A couple of weeks ago we launched our most ambitious survey, aimed at getting an accurate picture of condo fees in Ontario. What drives them up or down? How does the age or size of the corporation affect them? How do they compare from city to city? How do highrise compare to townhomes? What amenities […]

Steps to Take When the Board Loses Quorum

It is easy to forget that condominium corporations don’t simply run themselves. They are run by people. Volunteers with other family, social and professional obligations that keep them busy. So what happens when the board loses some of its members? What if it loses quorum? There are many reasons this can occur. Family emergencies, illnesses, […]

Can Condos Reimburse Budgetary Surpluses to Owners?

Condo corporations are not-for-profit organizations. Technically, they are not supposed to make a profit.  Having said that, they are not charitable organizations either. When faced with a deficit, condo corporations must collect more from owners to get ends to meet. But what are they to do with a surplus? This is what this post will […]