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April 21, 2017

Executive Summary of Some of the Key Proposed Amendments to the Condominium Act, 1998

The following is an executive summary of some of the key proposed amendments that the Protecting Condominium Owners Act, 2015 introduces to the Con...

February 03, 2017 Mario D. Deo

Kitec Plumbing Guide

Kitec plumbing is a significant issue in many condominiums built between approximately ​1995 and​ 2007.

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January 31, 2017 Mario D. Deo

First Draft Regulation - Condominium Management Services Act, 2015

The first draft regulation to support the implementation of the Condominium Management Services Act, 2015 (“CMSA”) has been developed b...

June 20, 2016 Dalia Yonadam

Unexpected Vacancies on the Board

Situations may arise when a board member resigns before his or her term of office is up or a director may suddenly become disqualified under the Co...

June 06, 2016 Julia Lurye

Garage doors...and rules, are not meant to be broken

All too often, residents and their guests disregard a condominium corporation's basic safety signs by closely following other vehicles as they make...

May 30, 2016

Director Qualifications & Corporate Governance

The most important component of any condominium is its board of directors.  Care should be taken to help ensure that your condominium corporat...

May 27, 2016 Mario D. Deo

Competition Bureau - Condominium Industry Investigation

What you need to know as a Condominium Corporation, Director, or Manager   We at Fine and Deo are carefully reviewing and providing advic...

May 23, 2016 Marco Graziani

Charge Them!

Fines and penalties are used as a means to ensure compliance in society.  However, unless prescribed under the Condominium Act, 1998, fines an...

May 16, 2016 Maria Dimakas

Director/Candidate Call Notice

The proposed amendments to the Condominium Act, 1998 will require condominium corporations to issue a directors’ call notice, referred to as ...

May 11, 2016

Removing Unethical Directors

Unethical directors are an unpleasant reality for many condominium corporations.  An effective way to guard against unethical directors is to ...

May 10, 2016 Julia Lurye

Covert Video Surveillance

So, you want to install a hidden camera in the condominium corporation's garbage room to determine who is loitering. Did you consider the Pers...

April 05, 2016 Mario D. Deo

Beware of hidden obligations to purchase insurance

Toronto and GTA condominiums need to be vigilant when signing contracts for services. There are literally hundreds of issues that may arise in cont...

December 23, 2015 Jonathan H. Fine and Dalia Yonadam

The Ten Most Important Condominium Cases For 2015

1. MTCC No. 985 v. Cheney; MacKay v. Metropolitan Toronto Condominium Corp. No. 985 Part 1 In a previous case involving the transference of ci...

January 19, 2015 Marco Graziani

Disclosure Within Status Certificate

The disclosure within a status certificate must be accurate as at the date and time it is issued.  Care should be taken with the disclosure pr...

December 12, 2014 Mario D. Deo

Thou Shalt Not Resolve by Email

We all love email.  It is convenient.  It is in writing.  It is instant.  However, “decisions” made by board member...

December 05, 2014 Jonathan H. Fine

Running Corporate Meetings

Many condominium corporations’ Annual General Meetings run very smoothly, according to script, and are completed quite successfully in less t...

November 11, 2014 Mario D. Deo

Important Notice to Managers and Administrators after Placement of a Lien

We understand that it is easier to have Fine & Deo collect all payments and to manage the entire collection of the lien, and we do this to the ...

September 15, 2014 Bradley Chaplick

Condominium Rules

A condominium corporation’s rules, unlike its declaration, must be reasonable. As a general rule of thumb, a rule is most likely to be reason...

August 20, 2014 Jonathan H. Fine

Proxies and Privacy

A proxy is a person who attends and participates in a meeting of the owners of a condominium corporation, on behalf of a unit owner. The document g...

July 21, 2014

Court of Appeal Confirms Condo Directors Can Hold Ethics Review Under By-Law

The Ontario Court of Appeal has upheld a by-law provision which empowers a condominium board of directors to hold an ethics review and disqualify o...

July 15, 2014 Marco Graziani

Why You Should Pass A Standard Unit By-Law

All condominium corporations created prior to the enactment of the Condominium Act, 1998 (“the Act”) should pass a standard unit by-law...

May 23, 2014 Jonathan H. Fine

Disaster Planning - Is Your Condominium Corporation Prepared If Disaster Strikes?

The world’s climate is changing and the effects of these changes are evident as we face disturbing fluctuations in temperatures, melting glac...

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May 14, 2014 Jonathan H. Fine

How to be a Great Condominium Property Manager

The following list is meant to be an overview to help get you set-up as a property manager at your first condominium corporation. This list is not ...

February 28, 2014 Jonathan H. Fine

Status Certificates

Status certificates are dealt with in s. 76 of the Condominium Act, 1998 which is a consumer protection statute.  The purpose of a status cer...

November 27, 2013 Joseph W. Ryan and Mario D. Deo

Tarion Is Not the Only Warranty Stream

The responsibilities taken on by the board of directors of a new condominium are considerable, cannot be underestimated and are often overwhelming....

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