Legal

budgeting

Condo budgeting concerns afoot

Financial uncertainty prevails for condo corporations that are anxious about continuing operations and budgeting in the wake of COVID-19.
communal living

Navigating the unknown in communal living

Condo managers are the corporation’s agents for proactive thinking, but now find themselves asking entirely new questions when it comes to communal living.
Documenting evidence

Documenting evidence in condos amid COVID-19

Condominium property managers should be documenting evidence in the coming months due to losses and claims amid the pandemic.
chargebacks

Owner and visitor disclosure as crisis unfolds

As the condo community deals with legal uncertainties during the pandemic, one important topic to address is owner and visitor disclosure.
short-term rental

Vancouver to rev up short-term rental reg goals

Vancouver plans to expand its partnership with strata corporations to crackdown on operators who don’t comply with short-term rental regulations.
short-term condo

Managing short-term condo rentals

The explosive growth of online short-term rental websites has caused considerable controversy and concerns for condominium corporations
Condo board law

Preventing mismanaged finances on condo boards

Whether by corruption or incompetence, condo boards that mismanage their multi-million dollar budgets and reserve funds are a recurring problem.
Condo legal perspective

Special assessments in condos: a legal perspective

There are instances where unit owners may have recourse to insurance to cover their share of the special assessment. Ahead are a few examples.
Pet bans in condos

Condo pet bans: A legal perspective

Emotions are running high at two CityPlace buildings after the condominium corporation started enforcing a rule that prohibits any pets that were not registered with the corporation by a specified date.
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.

The duty to accommodate disabled residents

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

New rules could help dislodge drug dealers

Proposed amendments to Ontario's Cannabis Control Act would allow authorities to lock down and bar entry to residential dwellings in the course of laying charges
multi-residential

Pre-construction sale cancellations: What are the options?

What can a purchaser do when their agreement to purchase a pre-construction condominium unit is cancelled? This affects condo investors, or landlords, that buy multiple new units to lease out.
early termination

Early termination clauses open to possible abuse

How, exactly, is a developer permitted to simply cancel a project, sometimes a number of years after the first agreements of purchase and sale were signed?
SLAPP

A closer look at anti-SLAPP legislation

One recent case shed light on how these newly available SLAPP provisions may apply in the condo context.
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.
inclusivity

Creating more inclusive condo communities

A condo refurbishment project is the perfect time to come up with a cost-effective plan to provide a more inclusive and accessible environment.