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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: Patricia Elia presenting on Expert Panel in Ottawa

September 13, 2016

On Wednesday, September 28th at the Hellenic Community Center in Ottawa, Patricia will be participating on a legal expert panel at a meet the expert evening taking place from 6:30pm - 9pm.

This event is being presented FREE to members of the Easter Ontario Chapter of the Canadian Condominium Institute.

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BULLY TACTICS: COMPLIANCE LETTERS AND THE CHARGEBACK OF LEGAL COSTS

While the focus of our practice involves representing post-development condominium corporations, we sometimes leverage this expertise to assist unit owners when things have gone awry at their condominium corporation (such was the case leading up to the Court’s decision in Davis v. Peel Condominium Corporation No. 22, where our colleagues acted on behalf of the successful requisitionists). 

This past summer, our firm acted as counsel for a group of more than 60 Unit Owners who were urgently seeking a remedy from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. Several months earlier, the Unit Owners had submitted a Requisition to the Board of Directors for a meeting to vote to remove 3 of the 7 Board members. The Unit Owners had agreed to join the Requisition to the agenda of the upcoming Annual General Meeting; however, the Board of Directors decided to postpone the AGM beyond the 6-month period mandated by Section 45(2) of the Condominium Act, 1998, S.O. 1998, c. 19 (the “Act”).

This group of 60+ Unit Owners amounted to nearly 25% of the condominium’s total number of unit owners. These Unit Owners alleged that their democratic rights as unit owners were being oppressed, as the Board, after having received the Requisition for several months, refused to recognize the Requisition as valid.

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