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Condominium Law

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:

  • Declaration, By-law and Rule interpretation, amendment and enforcement
  • Comprehensive and customized common expense collection services
  • Construction deficiency and TARION advice for new condominiums
  • Policy and procedure development, including information management and enforcement policies
  • Complete negotiation, ADR and civil litigation services
  • Support for unit owners' and directors' meetings 
  • Educational seminars, including director education and property management legal update
     
 

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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.

For more information or to register to attend the Conference, please visit www.CondoConference.ca or click here to see Marc briefly explain why this is a “can’t miss” event! 

 

 


 
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FOR BUSY BOARDS: BENEFITS OF WORKING IN THE CLOUD

In Ballingall v Carleton Condominium Corporation No 111, 2015 ONSC 2484 (CanLII), the Ontario Superior Court of Justice recently provided some helpful guidance on how reasonably prudent Board members of condominium corporations ought to act. 

Although these requirements were framed by the Court as a list of “what not to do,” it is arguably more constructive to frame these requirements in positive terms. Accordingly, reasonably prudent director of a condominium corporation acts as follows:

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