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Condo corporations are increasingly asked to disclose to condo owners the email addresses of the other owners.  After all, since the corporation is often communicating with its owners by email, why should all owners not have access to this same list?

In a recent case,...Read more

All of us associated with condominiums have been incredibly frustrated with the poor quality of elevator maintenance in recent years.

Elevator reliability is the worst it’s been in many years.  In 2000, there were 1,382 calls to 911 for elevator rescues in Toronto. In 2015, there were 2,...Read more

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Elevator Machine Room Guarding

A year ago we informed all our managers that a major property owner had been fined $50,000 plus a 25% victim fine surcharge when...Read more

On April 15, 2016, Brookfield distributed a paper entitled “Responding to Mental Illness in Condominium Corporations.”  The paper was written in response to an apparent increase in scenarios involving mental illness in our condominium communities.  Both managers and boards found such...Read more

Police arrive at your building and approach security.  They have a warrant for the arrest of a resident. The guard gives them access. The police go to the resident’s suite and knock on the door.  There is no answer and no evidence that the resident is home.  The police do not ask to enter the...Read more

Combined Heat and Power (CHP) For Condominiums

We’ve been working with contractors that offer Combined Heat & Power (or CHP) for about two years now– gaining experience on the various CHP offers, technologies, and approaches being offered. 

All of this...Read more

January 25, 2016

EV Government Grants – January 2016

In mid January 2016 the provincial government announced a $20 million investment in developing a private network of publically accessible Electric Vehicle Charging Stations.  The program involves giving grants equal to up to 100...Read more

Many condominium corporations have restrictions or a prohibition on pets.  Boards and managers feel an obligation to enforce the provisions in their legal documents but are uncertain about the steps they can take when disabilities and human rights are raised. A recent court case clarifies the...Read more

Two Ontario cases support condominium communities in their effort to enforce single family use provisions.   Ballingall v CCC 111 demonstrates the extraordinary length to which a rogue director, acting in bad faith, will go to protect his interest in four rented units. NCC 4 v. Kilfoyl (2011),...Read more

With the recent PanAm Games experience and the growth in services such as Airbnb, many condominiums, particularly in downtown Toronto, have had to deal with the disruptive consequences of short-term rentals of suites.

The law firm of Lash Condo Law...Read more