July 11, 2019 – There are many problems with elevators in Ontario co-ownerships. One of the main concerns they generate is logistical, due to a shortage of elevator technicians in this province. Moreover, it is very common for service calls to require a delay before someone can come to make the required repairs.
March 14, 2019 — A Canadian flag is causing some turmoil within a condominium community located in Carligwood Mall (Ottawa). Because the flag (which was Installed over a co-owner’s garage door) appears to go against a by-law included in the declaration of co-ownership, the board of directors demands that it be taken down.
The owner of the flag, Major Michael Mitchell, does not intend to obey such a request. Quite to the contrary, he maintains that one is perfectly justified to display a Canadian flag as a sign of nationalism. In fact, it would seem that the flag proudly waved for eight months before the board of directors raised the issue with Mr. Mitchell.
July 25, 2018 - The cannabis prohibition in co-ownerships is presently a hot topic. Lawyer Maxime St-Onge, from de Grandpré Joli-Cœur, gave an overview thereof this morning on Global News.
While several Canadian co-owners syndicates are racing against the clock to ban pot in their immovable, the young lawyer confirms that Montreal is no exception as cannabis decriminalization will officially come into effect on October 7th.
May 25, 2018 - Syndicates of co-owners must deal with a new phenomenon: religious symbols. This issue must be treated with utmost caution, more particularly where a by-law prohibits public signs in a co-ownership.
May 23, 2018 – An omnibus reform bill being in preparation, Condolegal.com invites the general public and its regulars Internet users to participate to a survey, in answering a simple question: Do you consider that the Quebec government is doing enough to protect co-owners rights? All you have to do is answer: yes or no.
May 2, 2018 - Growing cannabis at home is a source of controversy in Quebec, as it intends to ban it on its territory. Even dough under Bill C-45 Ottawa seems determined to allow this practice in all provinces, it will find two provinces on its path: Quebec and Manitoba.
February 24, 2018 – The Syndicates of co-ownership who apprehend potential conflicts in their immovable, in view of the legalization of marijuana, can act effectively while there is still time. You should know that it is possible to ban this substance, both in the private and common portions, provided that you act before cannabis is decriminalized by the federal government.
Apartments held in co-ownerships can be poorly compartmentalized or have deficient ventilation. Thus, second-hand smoke - such as from tobacco and marijuana - makes its way into adjoining units, often resulting in neighborhood disturbances.
October 25, 2017 -- Unpaid condo fees worry the co-owners who end up being saddled with them, as the syndicate of co-owners' of Place St. Laurent in Rimouski is well aware .It had to resort to the Superior Court to claim its due.
September 29, 2017 - Condolegal.com recently announced that the Ontario government established a condominium authority, (Condominium Authority of Ontario -CAO). Among the new measures adopted, it will impose mandatory training for co-ownership directors under the Protecting Condominium Owners Act.
Over the next two months, the CAO will be proposing four director training on-line pilot projects, divided into four components:
September 13, 2017 - The upcoming cannabis legalization is the object of a growing co-ownerships controversy. Neighborhood disturbances are likely to increase, as tobacco smoking already generates several co-owners conflicts, due to second-hand smoke migrating from one unit to another in some buildings.
Lawyer Sébastien Fiset believes that if pot is legalized for recreational purposes in Canada, the Québec Tobacco Control Act should apply. But would a syndicate succeed in prohibiting its use in the private portions of a co-ownership? Quebec case law tells us that this has already happened with smoking.