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Condos Cannot Lien the Cost of Seeking Compliance

A recent Toronto decision (Amlani v. YCC 473) has made it far more difficult for condo corporations to get indemnified when seeking compliance from owners. The decision is also a friendly reminder for condo corporations to act reasonably and to prefer resolution over litigation. Facts of the case The facts are complex but can be […]

Condo Tasks to do this Month

As the blissful haze of the holiday period dissipates, it’s back to regular business to all of the Condo Geeks out there. With this post, let us remind you of some tasks requiring your (near) immediate attention. Apply for the new Electricity Rebate Program Last November, the province introduced a new Ontario Electricity Rebate program […]

The Condo Forms Have Moved !! Find Them Here!

As of January 1, 2020, the province of Ontario has delegated to the Condominium Authority of Ontario the responsibility over 17 of the most used condo forms.  As a result of this, most of these forms have now moved away from the government’s website onto the CAO website. FEAR NOT! We, at Condo Adviser, have updated […]

Condo Adviser Receives a Clawbies Award

New Years Eve brought in great news and some bragging rights to the Condo Adviser team!  Indeed, on December 31, 2019, we had the immense (and unexpected) honour of being inducted in the Clawbies Hall of Fame!  This recognition came after having received 3 prior Clawbies since our launch 4 years ago. Our induction in the […]

The Condo Director Who Stole Christmas

As we approach year end and embark on our collective mad-dash towards the holidays, we thought we’d revisit a Christmas classic and adapt it to the condo world. Here’s our last post of the year; our Condo Christmas Story. Some names and identifying details have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals involved. You’re a […]

Prohibiting Nuisance, Annoyance and Disruption in Condos

The province is seeking your input on 2 very important (and related) matters: Better regulating nuisance, annoyance and disruption in condos; Expanding the Condo Authority Tribunal’s authority to deal with disputes related to these. Your views and comments on these important changes must be sent in before January 31, 2020. Nuisance, annoyance and disruption One […]

Condo-Retirement Homes Must Treat Everyone Fairly

“The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off.” – Abe Lemons What happens when a condo also happens to be a for-profit, corporate-controlled Retirement Home, but not all owners contribute equally to the mandatory assisted-living expenses? Well, in a recent Superior Court decision, the Court declared that it was unfairly prejudicial […]

Condo Forms About to Get a Lot Simpler!

Breaking news for anyone who has ever attempted to fill out one of the Government of Ontario’s condo forms! The province has just announced that, as of January 1, 2020, the responsibility for 17 of the forms under the Condo Act will be delegated to the CAO, and will no longer be hosted on the […]

Cameras and Police Investigations on Common Elements: Limits of Board Authority

The Ontario Court of Appeal has issued an important decision giving condo boards some clarity on how much they are expected to cooperate with police investigations. It also traces clear limits on investigatory powers police have on common elements.  Ultimately, the Court of Appeal helps us understand whether police can conduct investigations on common elements, […]

Changes to “Slip and Falls” Involving Condos?

The province of Ontario is considering potential changes to the Occupiers’ Liability Act, which (if adopted) would bring drastic changes to how claims for slip and falls can be brought against condo corporations. Indeed, Norman Miller (the Parry Sound-Muskoka MPP) is sponsoring a private members’ bill aimed at imposing strict (and very short) time limits to […]