A Condominium Corporation’s Access Rights

The rights of a condominium corporation to access owners’ units were addressed in a recent case of the Ontario Superior Court. In the case of MTCC 1328 v. 2145401 Ontario Inc., the condominium corporation sought access to one of the units.  The owner of the unit below had complained about noise and vibration allegedly emanating from a spiral staircase in the unit.  The corporation sought access in order to inspect and investigate the alleged noise and vibration.  The owner refused. The Court granted the requested access. Continue reading “A Condominium Corporation’s Access Rights”

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Are Condominium Residents Entitled to Privacy on the Common Elements?

The Supreme Court of Canada recently ruled on the circumstances that may give rise to a reasonable expectation of privacy in R v Jarvis. While the case was decided in the criminal context (with respect to the charge of “voyeurism”), it has potential wide-reaching implications on privacy rights in general. Continue reading “Are Condominium Residents Entitled to Privacy on the Common Elements?”

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What Happens If You’ve Delayed In Bringing a Court Claim? Here’s a Case That You Should Know About

Generally speaking, a party that wishes to commence a court action must do so within two years of when he/she first became aware (or ought to have become aware) of the existence of the claim. We call this the “limitation period” and there are a number of factors that go into assessing when the limitation period starts to run. In the case of Presley v Van Dusen, 2019 ONCA 66 [Presley], the Ontario Court of Appeal recently confirmed that in order for the limitation period to begin to run, a key question that must also be asked in the assessment is: Whether or not a legal proceeding is an appropriate means to seek to remedy the injury, loss, or damage?  Continue reading “What Happens If You’ve Delayed In Bringing a Court Claim? Here’s a Case That You Should Know About”

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Decision Respecting Smoking

A 2015 decision from Thunder Bay – not previously reported – has recently come to our attention.  To my knowledge, it’s the only Ontario Court decision (so far) dealing with smoking rules and grandfathering of smokers.

I begin with the following summary of the case, Thunder Bay Condominium Corporation No. 15 v. Ewen (click here to read the Reasons on Costs): Continue reading “Decision Respecting Smoking”

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Appealing Decisions From the Condominium Authority Tribunal

With the Condominium Authority Tribunal (“CAT”) just recently turning a year old, we are beginning to see more and more CAT decisions being released. As the jurisdiction of this tribunal is expected to increase, we also expect an increasing number of condominium disputes to be resolved through this online dispute resolution process.

However, what happens if one disagrees with a decision from the CAT? Is there a way to appeal a decision from the CAT?   Continue reading “Appealing Decisions From the Condominium Authority Tribunal”

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