Real Estate Lawyer Merredith MacLennan joins Merovitz Potechin LLP
Merovitz Potechin LLP is thrilled to announce that Real Estate Lawyer Merredith MacLennan has joined our team as of January 2020. Merredith has extensive experience in all aspects of real estate law including freehold and condominium land development, completing large...Read More
Can Someone Enter My Condo Unit Without Permission?
There are many unique aspects of condominium living that do not necessarily align with the expectations of condominium owners. As discussed in a previous post, Condominium Culture Shock, condominium owners are often surprised by the powers that condominium corporations have...Read More
Condominium Culture Shock
Condominiums are marketed to the public as a “worry-free lifestyle” – no need to mow the lawn in the summer, no need to shovel snow in the winter, access to amenities, and a property manager to take care of everything...Read More
Do Condos Have a Duty to Accommodate Disabled Residents?
The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (the “Tribunal”) recently released a decision regarding whether condominium corporations in Ontario have a duty to accommodate the specific requests of disabled residents and, the timeframe within which action must be taken. In Polito...Read More
Filing Returns with the Condominium Authority of Ontario
Condominium corporations in Ontario are required to file specific returns with the Condominium Authority of Ontario (CAO). While this may seem like a simple practice, the consequences of not filing the proper returns on time can impact not only condominium...Read More
Ontario Condominiums 101: Part 2 – Protections for condominium owners of new units
Last week, we took a brief look at condominium corporations, the declarations that they can make and how they are governed in Ontario. Once the turn-over meeting has occurred and the newly elected board of directors is in place, the...Read More
Ontario Condominiums 101: Part 1 – What is a condominium corporation?
According to Statistics Canada, new condo construction has been the dominant form of residential construction in Canada since 2012. While most people think of condominiums as a type of building, they are first and foremost a system of ownership. In...Read More
Ontario Condominium Status Certificates
An Ontario Court of Appeal decision regarding condominium status certificates should be of interest for anyone who is evaluating a status certificate during their purchase or sale of a condominium. In this post, we will take a look at the...Read More
Ontario condominium law: Are all the rules legal?
Condominium living can come with a lot of rules. Ontario residents may wonder whether some of those rules are legal under condominium law. For instance, there are rules that stipulate what paint colours can be used in a unit or...Read More
Shared Common Elements in a Condominium – An explanation of POTL and CECC
Condominium developers may be required by the City to purchase a Parcel of Tied Land ("POTL"), as authorized in the Condominium Act, 1998 (the "Act"), to be tied to their common elements. Conversely, condominium owners currently enjoying an informal arrangement...Read More