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March 31, 2020


The following policy is a sample for assistance, reference and consideration. It may not be applicable to every corporation. Each corporation may d...

March 25, 2020

A Practical, Sensible, Cautious and Balanced Approach to The Collection of Common Expense Arrears In Light of The Recent Order Under The Emergency Management And Civil Protection Act

  Since our initial blog with respect to the effect of the recent order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (the “Or...

Fine & Deo's Counsel on COVID-19 in Condos

The World Health Organization has officially declared COVD-19 a world-wide pandemic. In our view, preventing the spread of COVID-19 and protec...

March 06, 2020 Mario D. Deo

Rising Condominium Insurance Premiums and Deductibles – Is this the New Normal?

Has your corporation’s insurance premium deductible increased dramatically recently?  You are not alone. Many corporations have seen the...

December 09, 2019 Jennifer Malchuk

Privacy Rights and Security Cameras in Condominiums

In a decision released on December 2, 2019, the Court of Appeal for Ontario has confirmed that condominium corporations cannot allow the police to ...

October 04, 2019 Susana Cardoso

Hoarding in a Condominium

We all know, or think we know, what hoarding is – the compulsive collection of random items to the point of extreme clutter that disrupts a p...

October 03, 2019 Dalia Yonadam

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Changes to the Condominium Act, 1998 (the “Act”), introduced processes for both condominium corporations and for residents to obtain ap...

September 30, 2019 Francesco Deo

When is a Chargeback “Lienable”?

This is one of the most frequent questions we get at Fine & Deo, and the answer is not so black and white. With respect to chargebacks, in gene...

September 26, 2019 Mario D. Deo

How to Deal with Police Requests and Activity in Condominiums

[updated as of December 11, 2019] Condominium corporations have a responsibility to protect the privacy of their residents and unit owners. They a...

September 25, 2019 Jake Fine

10 Things You Should Know: Workplace Harassment

Workplace harassment is an issue plaguing nearly every workplace, and that includes condominium corporations. Here are ten things you should know a...

September 12, 2019 Jake Fine

10 Things You Should Know: Cameras on the Common Elements

For the safety of the residents and the property, installing cameras on the common elements is a no brainer.  However, there is another concer...

August 22, 2019 Jonathan H. Fine

Obtaining an ex parte restraining order in a compliance application

Assume that a resident of the condominium corporation has acted in a dangerous manner to the extent that people are fearful as a result.  The ...

August 21, 2019 Jonathan H. Fine

Fine & Deo obtains cost award in CAT proceedings

The usual rule in a Condominium Authority Tribunal (CAT) proceeding is that the successful party will not obtain an order for costs unless there ar...

July 26, 2019 Francesco Deo

Litigants May Only Have One Kick at the Can!

The case of Sajadi v. MTCC 648, 2019 HRTO 641, is a good reminder that parties may only have one kick at the can when litigating human rights ...

January 23, 2019 Jonathan H. Fine

The Standard Of Care For Condominium Repairs: Reasonable Or Perfect?

In MTCC 985 v. Chaney and Mackay 2015 ONSC 7124, two Toronto condo unit owners complained about cigar smoke infiltrating their unit.  One issu...

January 08, 2019 Jonathan H. Fine

Oppression In Condominium Law

The concept of what amounts to the legal concept of “oppression” is widely misunderstood.  In a nutshell, oppression means the unf...

December 18, 2018 Jonathan H. Fine

Attempts To Intimidate An Opposing Litigant Can Be Costly: Sometimes You Have To Take The Money And Run

In 1658410 Ontario Inc. (Advance Repairs & Maintenance) v. Great Gulf (Dundas) Ltd., 2018 ONSC 4537, Jonathan Fine of Fine & Deo acted for ...

December 06, 2018 Jonathan H. Fine

A Condominium Corporation’s Records Are Still Not Necessarily An Open Book

Michal Lahrkamp (a Toronto condominium unit owner) lost a condominium law case in a 12-day trial in Ontario Small Claims Court against a condominiu...

June 29, 2018 Mario D. Deo

Turning a New Leaf: The Impact of the Cannabis Act on Condominiums

Mario Deo is pleased to be Faculty for Osgoode Professional Development's upcoming webinar about cannabis in condominiums.  See belo...

March 27, 2018 Jake Fine

Three Important Changes to the New Status Certificate Form

Did you know there is a new status certificate form?  Commencing May 1, 2018, condominium corporations will have to start using this new form....

January 30, 2018 Jake Fine

Fine & Deo Obtains Vexatious Litigant Order

After eleven years of relentless litigation, the Superior Court of Justice has finally declared Michael Lahrkamp a vexatious litigant. Michael Lah...

April 21, 2017

Executive Summary of Some of the Key Proposed Amendments to the Condominium Act, 1998

The following is an executive summary of some of the key proposed amendments that the Protecting Condominium Owners Act, 2015 introduces to the Con...

February 03, 2017 Mario D. Deo

Kitec Plumbing Guide

Kitec plumbing is a significant issue in many condominiums built between approximately ​1995 and​ 2007.


January 31, 2017 Mario D. Deo

First Draft Regulation - Condominium Management Services Act, 2015

The first draft regulation to support the implementation of the Condominium Management Services Act, 2015 (“CMSA”) has been developed b...

June 20, 2016 Dalia Yonadam

Unexpected Vacancies on the Board

Situations may arise when a board member resigns before his or her term of office is up or a director may suddenly become disqualified under the Co...

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