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Calderon v. York Condominium Corporation No. 274 - 2021 ONCAT 70 - 2021-07-27

Corporation:

CYCC 274

Date:

2021-07-27

Under:

CAT Decisions - Motion Order

Summary:

In the case of "Calderon v. York Condominium Corporation No. 274," a motion order was issued on July 27, 2021. The case revolved around whether the Applicant, Ney Calderon, had filed vexatious applications and whether their participation in various condominium-related cases was vexatious, leading to a potential restriction on filing future cases. The Respondent, York Condominium Corporation No. 274, sought to have the active cases dismissed on the grounds of vexatiousness.

The Chair, Ian Darling, found that while the Applicant had filed several cases, they were not acting in a vexatious manner, and the cases were related to legitimate disputes. As a result, the motion to dismiss the active cases was denied, and there was no order for future case restrictions or cost awards.

Verdict:

In the case of Calderon v. York Condominium Corporation No. 274, the Tribunal dismissed the Respondent's motions to declare the Applicant's cases vexatious and to impose restrictions on the Applicant's ability to file future cases. The Tribunal found that the Applicant's cases were related and had not been determined, so there was no basis to dismiss them as vexatious. The parties were encouraged to focus on resolving their specific disputes within the Tribunal and cautioned against complicating the process.

Takeaways:

The case involved a motion to determine whether the Applicant's actions were vexatious, leading to the potential dismissal of their active cases and restrictions on filing future cases.

The Applicant had filed multiple cases related to disputes with the Respondent, mainly concerning issues related to pet and parking regulations, as well as requests for records.

The Tribunal examined the criteria for vexatious conduct, including bringing actions for improper purposes, lack of merit, or causing undue harm to the other party.

The Respondent sought to dismiss the cases, arguing that they were vexatious. However, the Tribunal found that the cases were related, focused on legitimate issues, and had not been determined yet, leading to the dismissal of the motion.

The Tribunal encouraged both parties to focus on resolving the specific issues within the CAT, rather than broader disputes about condominium management, and cautioned against delaying proceedings and complicating the process.

Recommendations: 

Mediation and Collaboration: Encourage the parties, the Applicant and the Respondent (York Condominium Corporation No. 274), to engage in mediation and collaboration to resolve their disputes. Given that several of the Active Cases are in the negotiation and mediation stages, they should make the best use of these opportunities to reach mutually acceptable solutions to their issues. Mediation can often lead to more efficient and less adversarial resolutions, saving time and resources for both parties.

Clear Communication and Adherence to Tribunal Instructions: Emphasize the importance of clear communication and adherence to instructions provided by the Condominium Authority Tribunal (CAT) members. Both parties should make an effort to follow the guidance and directions provided by the Tribunal members during the course of their cases. Adhering to the Tribunal's instructions can help streamline the proceedings and reduce unnecessary complications.

Focus on Specific Disputes Within CAT Jurisdiction: Remind the parties that the CAT is designed to address specific disputes related to condominium matters, and it may not be the appropriate forum for addressing broader questions about how the condominium is managed. Encourage the parties to keep their discussions and disputes within the scope of the CAT's jurisdiction. Larger discussions about the management of the community should be directed to the appropriate forums or venues where those matters can be addressed comprehensively.

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