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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...

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...

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....

October 16, 2013

By-Law Upheld Enabling Boards to Remove Directors for Ethical Breaches

It is not only a vote of owners that can remove a board member. The court has upheld a by-law permitting a condo board to hold an ethics review and...

September 27, 2013

York Condominium Corporation No. 17 v. Ge

A recent decision from the Superior Court of Ontario sends a clear message that unit owners who ignore enforcement letters or proceedings may lose ...

September 12, 2013 Bradley Chaplick

Durham Condominium Corp. No. 56 v. Stryk: Chargebacks and Refusing Payments

The court in Stryk upheld the practice by condominium corporations of collecting chargebacks from unit owners by applying monthly pre-authorized pa...

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July 22, 2013
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Live-in Caregivers – A Breach of Single-Family Dwelling Provisions?

Recently, a condominium corporation in Alberta sued an elderly couple for breaching its single-family dwelling provisions because the couple reside...

March 22, 2013 Bradley Chaplick

The Ten Things You Need to Know About Smoking in Condos

1) Smoking is illegal in indoor common areas The Smoke Free Ontario Act provides, in part, that “no person shall smoke or hold lighted tobacc...

March 06, 2013

Swan v. Goan

Section 46(3) of the Condominium Act, 1998 obliges anyone seeking the removal of a condominium corporation’s director to list in the requisit...

February 22, 2013

Interim Injunction - Cigar Smoking Prohibited on Condominium Property

In what is certain to prove a ground-breaking decision in Ontario condominium law, we were successful in obtaining an interim injunction from the O...

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