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law.jpgThe High Price Of Condominium Arbitration.
A condominium is a community of people with common interests and the theory is that the community should try to resolve disputes by agreement rather than the adversarial process.  Mediation is seen as a “win-win” process which allows disputes to be resolved by a communication process leading to a common understanding of the needs of the condominium community. Read more...
Condo TowerOver 9,000 Condominiums in Ontario
In 2011 there were over 9,000 registered condominiums in Ontario, an increase from 8,788 in 2008.

For a breakdown (2009) based on location please click HERE .  The numbers were provided by the Ontario Government.
Like Little Towns
people.jpgLike Little Towns. In speaking with friends who serve on municipal Councils and Boards, I am struck by the utter disbelief they display upon hearing of the lack of accountability of our Boards of Directors and Property Management Companies and of the baffling lack of "enforcement" on the part of the Ontario Government. Each and every one, without exception, has stated that if the antics of some Directors, Officers and Property Managers of some condominium Corporations were to occur in the sphere of "municipal governance", those responsible would be facing the scrutiny of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the Ministry of the Attorney General and investigations by provincial auditors and regional and provincial police services.

The Government would surely spare no resources or expense in bringing those responsible for such actions to account for their negligent, incompetent and perhaps even criminal behaviour.

We have towns in this Province with smaller populations than many individual Ontario condominium Corporations yet the Government has consistently refused to acknowledge that the rights of unit Owners (taxpayers) to good governance and fiscal accountability are worthy of the same standard of protection and enforcement of the law as those of other taxpayers in Ontario.

The Price of Justice for Condo Owners
South-Side-1.jpgThe Price of Justice for Condo Owners
Condominium boards, management companies and managers with the aid of "condominium" lawyers, all paid for by unit owners, are using tactics to drain the financial resources of those who they should be serving. The patterns are clear and there for all to see if you are willing to take the time to look.
Many are afraid to speak out.
For every one that is courageous enough to speak up, there are a hundred suffering in silence.
Even more owners are "blissfully" ignoring reality.
Ignorance is really bliss - UNTIL - one day,  they wake up to huge assessments, escalating costs and maintenance fees and depleted reserve funds. Even the middle class can no longer afford justice.

Help from the Law Society of Upper Canada

Pro-Bono Students Canada (PBSC)
Please note: PBSC does not provide legal advice.
Our students assist public interest organizations and community groups, but we are not set up to serve individuals directly. If you are an individual requiring legal advice, please consult Legal Aid Ontario at 1-800-668-8258, the Lawyer Referral Service at 1-900-565-4577, or a lawyer. For $6, the Lawyer Referral Service will provide the name of a lawyer who will provide a free consultation of up to 30 minutes to help you determine your rights and options.
PBSC matches volunteer law students with public interest organizations, community groups, government agencies, tribunals, legal clinics and lawyers. PBSC students conduct public legal education; research pending legislation, legal issues and policy questions; draft policies for organizations and manuals for their clients; and help organizations provide legal information and assistance to their clients, among other projects - all pro bono for 3-10 hours a week. All projects require lawyer supervisors. Lawyers can assist by volunteering as supervisors for approximately 5-10 hours a year. PBSC welcomes lawyers who have pro bono or public interest cases where students would be of assistance. PBSC also runs the Family Law Project through which law students are trained and assist unrepresented people to fill out required forms in family court.
For more information, please contact:
Pro-Bono Students Canada
655 Spadina Ave.
Toronto, ON M5S 2H9
Phone: 416-946-0930
Fax: 416-934-4536
Because They Can!
bullyS.jpgSome Boards of Directors, with help from some property management companies and condominium lawyers, intentionally and with malice, refuse to follow the governing documents of their condominium Corporations (Declaration, By-laws & Rules) as well as provincial legislation and regulations. These Boards make up their own rules as they go along and usually in order to shirk their responsibilities and/or to intimidate and oppress unit Owners, particularly unit Owners who oppose them. They will choose to apply certain Rules to certain unit Owners and not to others. Why do they do this? Because they can! 

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