Condominium corporations in Ontario are unique statutory creatures that must run with economic efficiency within the Condominium Act, 1998 while maintaining community standards. Our goal is to use our years of expertise as condominium law lawyers to help you achieve that goal efficiently. Condominiums are like the fourth level of government – ask us why!
As condominium law lawyers, we have worked for years in developing processes to support the operation of an efficient condominium from the legal side. Why is the legal side so important? Condominium corporations only exist as a result of the laws set out in the Condominium Act, 1998. Thus, a correct interpretation of the Act is key to understanding how a condominium is required to function day-to-day. Our practice has given us a breadth of experience so that we can deal with both standard day-to-day matters (such as collection of 100 cents on the dollar for common expense arrears) and a variety of unique situations. Our condominium law lawyers can also provide corporate advice on contractual arrangements, including those with your property management company and other service providers such as landscaping companies, cleaning companies, and waste removal companies.
In the area of condominium law, we offer:
|NEWS: Potential Canada Post Service Stoppage & Condominium Collections|
July 7, 2016
For many condominium corporations, even the potential lack of mail service creates obstacles and raises questions surrounding the collection of unpaid common expenses.
For property management companies who issue their own “Form 14s”, consideration must be provided to not only satisfying notice requirements under the Condominium Act, 1998, but satisfying the intent of such notice requirements.
The timelines surrounding the notice requirements are not necessarily impacted by a stoppage in service. However, an alternate method of delivery to a regular mail will need to be considered and embraced.
IF A “FORM 14” IS BEING ISSUED TO A RESIDENT OWNER, consider personal delivery (e.g. hand delivery by a site manager) or courier.
IF A “FORM 14” IS BEING ISSUED TO A NON-RESIDENT OWNER, consider using a courier service.
The “what, when, where, how and who” pertaining to the delivery process should be recorded, particularly when personal service is performed. If couriers are used, this detail is likely satisfied with the information on the courier slip.
Cost is another consideration, particularly when using a courier; however, this cost should be added to the total amount sought under the lien.
In the event that a mail service interruption creates additional obstacles for your other work, our office can take responsibility to issue Form 14 Notices on your behalf.
This month, the deadlines for issuance of Form 14s and registration of Certificates of Lien are July 18, 2016 and July 29, 2016 respectively. However, particularly given the anticipated change in process, instructions should be received as early as possible.
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|NEWS: Registration Now Open for Toronto Condo Conference Where Patricia Elia & Marc Bhalla Are Speaking|
July 6, 2016
Registration has recently opened for the 20th Annual Condominium Conference hosted by the Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario and the Toronto & Area Chapter of the Canadian Condominium Institute, taking place on November 11th & 12th in Toronto.
In addition to exhibiting and having many members of the CONDOCENTRIC team at the event, Patricia Elia and Marc Bhalla will be speaking…
Patricia will join Linda Hunt and Susan Ruptash on a panel moderated by Deborah Howden being presented at 11:45am on Friday, November 11th on the topic of Human Rights / Barrier-Free Accessibility. The panel will discuss the interplay between the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.
Marc will be moderating the return of a dispute resolution session to the conference after a 3 year hiatus and will be joined by Shannon Salter - Chair of British Columbia’s Civil Resolution Tribunal - and colleagues Colm Brannigan and Jennifer Bell in presenting Rapid Fire Mediation: The Evolution of Conflict Management at 4:30pm on Friday, November 11th. The presentation will reflect on the past, clarify the present and look to the future of condominium dispute resolution with the anticipated injection of technology into traditional processes, as displayed with Shannon participating in the session via Skype.