Our newest issue of our newsletter, Condo Alert! – Spring 2021, contains Part 2 of our two-part refresher on condo construction considerations (Part 1 – here) and a dismantling of the concept of “free speech”.
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Unit owners occasionally request records about past and current litigation. This can happen in the context of a condo’s AGM, a debate with management or a seemingly benign records request. When is it okay to provide such records?
The CAT recently clarified that when litigation is settled or fully concluded and the record is not solicitor-client/settlement privileged, a record may be examined and produced: the fact that the record relates to litigation is not a reason to refuse access.
The latest issue of our newsletter Condo Alert! Winter 2020 features our Top 10 condo cases of 2020.
We hope your holidays were restful. We wish you a fresh start, health and happiness in 2021.
A reminder of our fresh start – we’ve moved up – one floor – at 390 Bay Street, Toronto. Our…
Check out our latest issue of our newsletter Condo Alert! – V8.I4 Autumn 2020 – for case commentary on:
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Even your messages of bewilderment and concern about yesterday’s disappearing blog post.
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As we blogged on July 14, 2020 – The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services intends to proclaim a “Condominium Guide” into force effective December 1, 2020. Submissions from the public on the proposed contents are due August 14, 2020.
We made brief submissions on further potential headings for the Condo Guide table of contents. These include status certificate and pre-construction condo purchase topics, first year deficiency and funding issues, conversion condominiums, and touch on the requirements for condo insurance, owner insurance and an explanation of standard unit vs. improvement coverage
In our view, the suggested contents are comprehensive and hopefully the plain-language content will be too!
In making our short notes, we had longer thoughts. Here are some items we hope get fleshed out in the Condo Guide content:
The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services intends to proclaim a “condominium guide” into force effective December 1, 2020 and it’s looking for input!
“The ministry will be providing the CAO with a table of contents for the condo guide that outlines some core tenets of buying and living in a condo. The proposed…
The forced sale of a condo unit is among the most drastic remedies a court can order and is granted only in extremely rare circumstances. This is the story of one of those cases.…
Continue Reading Court boots out unit owner for “extreme behaviour”
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act is in force and applies to condos as private service providers. We will be commenting on the practical implications of the AODA — Today we deal with “service animals.” Long gone are the days when a guide dog was the recognized animal of service. Service animals can now include cats, parrots, monkeys, goats, pigs and, yes, miniature horses. Read on to learn about what is acceptable and what is excepted.…
Continue Reading Miniature horses and the duty to accommodate
Yes, an Environmental SWAT Team does exist.
The City of Toronto began charging a fee on garbage collected at condominium and other mult-residential buildings on July 1, 2008. The basis for this fee, besides the promotion of recycling, likely stems from Regulation 103/94, a long ago enacted and historically dormant 1994 Regulation under the …