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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
     
 

Latest Articles

ACMO Burlington Conference – A Quick Reflection

February 9, 2018

Legal Update

By: Patricia Elia

I recently had the pleasure of participating at the ACMO Burlington Conference. My congratulations to ACMO on a well-structured and informative day. The day started with representatives from each of the Condominium Authority of Ontario (CAO) and the Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario (CMRAO) bringing everyone up-to-date on the implementation of both of these newly formed organizations. During the course of the round table discussions, I had the opportunity to discuss “Aging in Place”, which continues to be a meaningful and multidimensional discussion. We covered a gamut of topics, from shifting the paradigm around aging to managing aging assets. I was delighted with the willingness to see mobility concerns as an issue that affects all ages, and the thoughtfulness at the table around capital asset replacement that takes accessibility into design. Creative dialogues on how to inform community members of local resources also helped our analysis on how to manage risk and divert risk away from condominiums, which have a very definitive scope of responsibility under the Condominium Act, 1998.

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NEWS: Kati Aubin and Richard Elia in the Fall 2017 issue of Condo Contact

January 3, 2018

The Fall 2017 issue of Condo Contact, published by the Eastern Ontario chapter of the Canadian Condominium Institute, features two articles by Kati Aubin and Richard Elia on pages 23 and 30.

The first article titled Enhancement of Director Disclosure examines the new disclosure obligations for directors that came in to effect November 1, 2017. The second article focuses on unit owner meetings and the new timelines for AGMs and requisitioned meetings and is titled Changes to the Unit Owners Meetings - New Timelines and Procedures.

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