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Arnold v. Wellington Standard Condominium Corporation No. 173 - 2023 ONCAT 136 - 2023-09-25






In the case of Arnold v. Wellington Standard Condominium Corporation No. 173, the Applicant, filed an application with the Condominium Authority Tribunal (CAT) regarding issues related to compliance with governing documents, parking and storage, and the reasonableness and consistency of governing documents. The case progressed to Stage 2 - Mediation, but the Applicant did not proceed to Stage 3 - Tribunal Decision after receiving an invitation and failed to pay the required filing fee or communicate an intention to continue the case. Consequently, the CAT issued a dismissal order, closing the case during Stage 2 - Mediation.


CAT Decisions - Dismissal Order
Compliance with Governing Documents
Parking and Storage
Reasonableness and/or Consistency of Governing Documents


In this case, the Applicant, filed a complaint with the Condominium Authority Tribunal (CAT) but later abandoned the case by not proceeding to the next stage or paying the required fees. As a result, the CAT issued a Dismissal Order, closing the case. The documents and messages exchanged during the case's negotiation and mediation stages are to remain private and confidential, with limited exceptions for sharing as required by law. This case underscores the importance of following through with the necessary steps in the dispute resolution process to maintain an active complaint.


In the case of Arnold v. Wellington Standard Condominium Corporation No. 173, the Condominium Authority Tribunal (CAT) issued a Dismissal Order on September 25, 2023. Here are the key takeaways from this decision:

Case Abandonment: The Applicant filed an application with CAT, which proceeded to Stage 2 - Mediation on July 13, 2023.

Abandonment Determination: CAT has the authority, under Rule 34.3 of its Rules of Practice, to close a case in Stage 2 - Mediation if it determines that the Applicant has abandoned their case.

Applicant's Inaction: The Applicant decided to proceed to a Stage 3—Tribunal Decision but failed to take the necessary steps. They were given two weeks to pay the fee and move the case to Stage 3, but they did not accept the invitation, pay the filing fee, or communicate any intention to continue the case.
Case Due to the Applicant's inaction, the CAT determined that the case had been abandoned and, accordingly, issued a Dismissal Order.

Confidentiality: The order also emphasizes the confidentiality of documents and messages shared during the case's earlier stages (Stage 1 - Negotiation and Stage 2 - Mediation). These documents and messages cannot be shared without the permission of the other user, except when required by law, such as for legal proceedings or government organizations.

In summary, this case was dismissed by CAT due to the Applicant's abandonment, as they failed to proceed with the necessary steps to continue the case to Stage 3 - Tribunal Decision. The order underscores the confidentiality of communication and documents during the earlier stages of the case.


Clear Communication and Timely Updates: Encourage condominium owners to maintain clear and regular communication with their condominium corporations. Owners should be aware of the various stages and requirements when pursuing a case through the Condominium Authority Tribunal (CAT). Ensuring that owners receive timely updates and reminders regarding case progression, fees, and deadlines can help prevent cases from being abandoned.

Education on CAT Procedures: Promote awareness and education among condominium owners about the CAT's rules and procedures, particularly in the context of dispute resolution. This should include information on the stages of dispute resolution, associated fees, and the importance of meeting deadlines to avoid case abandonment.

Dispute Resolution Support: Offer support and resources for condominium owners involved in disputes, especially those who are self-represented. Providing guidance on the CAT process, legal rights, and assistance with paperwork can help owners navigate the process effectively, reducing the likelihood of case abandonment and ensuring fair resolution of disputes.

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