Legal

money laundering

Real estate flies red flags of money laundering

Some of the signals of potential malfeasance in real estate transactions are not obvious or only appear ominous when they are part of a pattern of questionable conduct.
Elderly

The duty to accommodate disabled residents

Lessons from a Human Rights Tribunal decision focusing on a residential property's obligations to disabled residents.
cannabis

Cannabis legalization calls for drug policies

How can companies adapt to the monumental change of cannabis legalization? The short answer is to implement a drug policy.
condo law

Fate of outstanding condo law reforms unknown

The fate of some of the recent changes Ontario’s condo laws remains unknown after the change in provincial government three months ago.
general operating bylaw

General operating bylaws due for update

Many corporations’ operating bylaws contain provisions that are either inoperative or inconsistent with the latest amendments to the Condominium Act.
construction site security

Site security comes under renewed scrutiny

Construction site security is under renewed scrutiny after a member of the public gained access to a downtown property and scaled a crane.
records

Navigating a new process for requesting records

As of Nov. 1, 2017, there is a new process under the Condominium Act, as amended, for making and responding to records requests in condo corporations.
warranty coverage

Maximizing common element warranty coverage

An engineer offers tips for maximizing common element warranty coverage to get construction deficiencies resolved in new condo complexes.
furniture

Lounge furniture targeted as multi-res fire risk

Some condo lobbies may be looking spare lately because the lounge furniture that usually occupies these spaces is being targeted as a fire risk.
status certificate

Status certificates revisited in recent court ruling

A recent court decision sheds some more light on the effect of failing to disclose certain declaration violations in a status certificate.
charging station

A blind spot in new EV charging station rules?

The new rules that will steer the installation of electric vehicle charging stations at Ontario condo properties starting next week may have a blind spot.
energy reporting

Condos look for energy reporting loopholes

Some condo boards in Ontario are looking for loopholes to a coming energy reporting requirement, but there are none for large buildings captured by the regulation.
accessibility network

Accessible fire safety tips for property managers

Accessibility advocates see the built environment as a laggard when it comes to fire safety, especially for people with disabilities.
tenant

Tenants remain outsiders in condo communities

How do condo managers refer to the people who live in the communities they manage? As owners and tenants, or as residents?
developer housing starts

When the developer next door comes calling

With construction booming and land scarce, condo buildings in urban areas may face a situation where a neighbouring developer requires access to their land.
condo conversion

Condo conversions to see expanded warranties

Starting next year, builders and vendors of residential conversion projects will have to register with Tarion and get approval to proceed with their plans.
telecom

When can condos enter bulk telecom contracts?

The courts recently reviewed the authority on which a condo corporation may rely in entering into a bulk services contract with a telecom provider.