A Condo Rule Against Complaining?

Recently, a condominium corporation in Toronto was reported to have enacted a rule which, among other things, sought to limit the ability of residents to complain to the condominium. Various parties including residents of the building in question have expressed outrage at such a rule. In particular, the rule was reported to contain wording prohibiting…

Updated Directors’ Guide (Bonus — Candidate Disclosure Form)

In September 2017, our office had prepared a “Directors’ Survival Guide” to the first phase of changes to the Condominium Act and related legislation. In light of developments since September, we have prepared an updated Directors’ Guide. Note in particular that the provisions regarding Condominium Returns come into effect on January 1, 2018. The updated Guide…

Insurance Deductible By-laws under the new Act – Will they be Grandfathered?

Over the course of the past week approximately, there has been much discussion and several notices circulated in the condominium industry about the desirability to enact insurance deductible by-laws in advance of July 1, 2017 when certain changes in the Condominium Act, 1998 (the “Act”) and its regulations may come into effect. In this communication,…

First Release of Details of New Regulations under the Condominium Act

On February 13, 2017, the Ontario government (finally) released some details concerning the proposed regulations (the “Regulations”) under the Condominium Act, 1998 (the “Act”). The Regulations address only a few areas of the overall changes to the Act, said areas being: I.  Communications (planned to come into force on July 1, 2017) II.  Director Qualifications…

The Devil is in the Details – Top Ten Issues for the Regulations under the Condominium Act, 1998

Bill 106 (Protecting Condominium Owners Act, 2015) was introduced for first reading in the provincial legislature in May 2015 and ultimately received Royal Assent in December 2015. However, Bill 106’s changes to the Condominium Act, 1998 (the “Act”) have not yet been proclaimed into force, presumably in large degree to the fact that regulations under…

“Post No Bills” – Addressing Offensive Messages within Condominiums

A recent decision of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, Welkiyi v. Rouge Valley Co-operative Homes Inc. 2016, confirms and explains the obligations of a ‘housing provider’ when discriminatory and harassing behaviour occurs within a multi-unit residential community. While the Rouge Valley decision involved a housing co-operative, it will become plain from the discussion below…