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Popkov v. Toronto Standard Condominium Corporation No. 2226 - 2023 ONCAT 120 - 2023-08-29


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In the case of Popkov v. Toronto Standard Condominium Corporation No. 2226, decided on August 29, 2023, by the Condominium Authority Tribunal (CAT), Member Ian Darling issued a Dismissal Order. The Applicant, had filed an application with the CAT, but concerns were raised about the CAT's jurisdiction. Despite receiving an opportunity to explain, the Applicant's response did not resolve the jurisdictional issues, leading to the dismissal of the case. The dispute centered on the condominium corporation's use of the reserve fund and compliance with section 97 of the Condominium Act, 1998, matters that fell outside the CAT's jurisdiction.


CAT Decisions - Dismissal Order


The Popkov v. Toronto Standard Condominium Corporation No. 2226 case serves as a reminder of the critical importance of aligning disputes with the Condominium Authority Tribunal's (CAT) established jurisdiction, as the CAT issued a Dismissal Order due to the applicant's failure to do so, emphasizing the need for a clear understanding of the tribunal's scope to prevent potential dismissals.


Key Takeaways:

In the case of Popkov v. Toronto Standard Condominium Corporation No. 2226, the Condominium Authority Tribunal (CAT) issued a Dismissal Order because the issues raised by the applicant fell outside the CAT's jurisdiction.

The CAT has the power to close a case if it lacks the legal authority to hear or decide on a particular dispute. The CAT's jurisdiction is clearly defined by Ontario Regulation 179/17.

The applicant in this case had claimed that the condominium corporation's board was using reserve funds for refurbishment without proper compliance with Section 97 of the Condominium Act, 1998, and the corporation's governing documents.

However, the CAT found that the issues raised, specifically regarding Section 97, were outside its jurisdiction, and it lacked the power to hear or make orders about such disputes.

This case serves as a reminder that it's essential to carefully consider whether a dispute falls within the jurisdiction of the CAT before filing an application to avoid potential dismissal on jurisdictional grounds.


Jurisdictional Education: Develop educational resources and materials for condo owners and corporations to better understand the jurisdiction and scope of the CAT. Many disputes that are outside the CAT's jurisdiction can be avoided through increased awareness. This could include easily accessible information on the CAT's website and guidelines for applicants when considering filing an application.

Application Review Process: Implement a rigorous initial application review process to identify jurisdictional issues promptly. This process should include detailed checks to ensure that the dispute falls within the CAT's scope. When jurisdictional concerns are identified, the applicant should be provided with clear explanations and guidance on the appropriate venue for addressing their concerns.

Facilitate Access to Legal Advice: Given the legal complexities that can arise in condominium disputes, promote access to legal advice for condo owners and corporations. Encourage applicants to consult with legal professionals before filing an application to ensure that their concerns are valid and within the CAT's jurisdiction. This can help prevent the filing of cases that are later dismissed on jurisdictional grounds.

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