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Chen v. Toronto Standard Condominium Corporation No. 1644 - 2022 ONCAT 68 - 2022-06-22


CTSCC 1644




In the case of Chen v. Toronto Standard Condominium Corporation No. 1644, the Condominium Authority Tribunal (CAT) issued a Dismissal Order on June 22, 2022. The Applicant had filed an application disputing a chargeback issued by the Respondent, Toronto Standard Condominium Corporation No. 1644, related to legal expenses. However, the CAT determined that the issues in dispute fell outside of its jurisdiction, as they were not related to condominium records and involved financial management and chargebacks. The CAT's jurisdiction is defined by Ontario Regulation 179/17 and is limited to specific matters such as pets, noise, parking, and other provisions found in a condominium's governing documents. As the dispute did not align with the CAT's jurisdiction, a Dismissal Order was issued.


CAT Decisions - Dismissal Order


The case of Chen v. Toronto Standard Condominium Corporation No. 1644 teaches us that the Condominium Authority Tribunal (CAT) has a specific jurisdiction as defined by Ontario Regulation 179/17, and it can only address disputes falling within this scope. Disputes related to financial matters, such as chargebacks for legal expenses, must be directly linked to issues specified in a condominium's governing documents to be within CAT's jurisdiction. When a dispute falls outside of CAT's defined jurisdiction, it will issue a Dismissal Order, emphasizing the importance of understanding the tribunal's role and scope.


Jurisdiction Clarity: The Condominium Authority Tribunal (CAT) operates within a specific jurisdiction defined by Ontario Regulation 179/17, and it can only address issues falling within this jurisdiction. This ensures clarity in the types of matters the CAT can adjudicate.

Jurisdictional Boundaries: It's essential for parties involved in condominium-related disputes to understand the CAT's jurisdictional boundaries, which include matters related to condominium records, indemnification, compensation, and specific issues like pets, noise, and more.

CAT's Role: The CAT plays a critical role in resolving condominium-related disputes, but it can only address issues that align with its defined jurisdiction. When disputes fall outside of this scope, they may not be accepted.

Notice of Intent: The CAT follows established procedures, including issuing a Notice of Intent to Dismiss when disputes do not align with its jurisdiction. This allows both parties to respond and confirm the nature of the dispute.

Dismissal Orders: When it becomes evident that a dispute is beyond the CAT's jurisdiction, it may issue a Dismissal Order, as seen in this case. This ensures that matters are addressed by the appropriate authority.


Ensure Alignment with CAT's Jurisdiction: Before filing a dispute with the Condominium Authority Tribunal (CAT), individuals should carefully consider whether their issue falls within CAT's jurisdiction, as defined by Ontario Regulation 179/17. CAT is only empowered to address specific matters related to condominiums, such as those listed in governing documents, and disputes should pertain to these areas.

Seek Legal Counsel When Necessary: In cases involving complex legal issues, it's advisable to seek legal counsel. Legal professionals can provide guidance on whether a dispute is within CAT's jurisdiction and can help present a case effectively.

Review Governing Documents: When facing disputes within a condominium setting, it's crucial to review the condominium's governing documents to determine whether the issue is covered. If the issue pertains to indemnification or compensation, it must be explicitly connected to provisions in these documents for CAT to have jurisdiction.

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