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Friedlander v. York Condominium Corporation No. 427 - 2022 ONCAT 27 - 2022-04-05


FYCC 427




In the case of Friedlander v. York Condominium Corporation No. 427, 2022 ONCAT 27, the applicant sought an order for the respondent, York Condominium Corporation No. 427, to enforce its noise rule against the owner of the condominium unit above hers and for compensation for damages incurred due to noise. The respondent requested that the owner of the unit above the applicant be added to the proceeding as a respondent or intervenor, citing his direct involvement in the matter. The tribunal granted the respondent's request and added the owner of the unit above the applicant as an intervenor, allowing him to participate in the proceedings, as his actions and interactions could be directly impacted by the tribunal's decision.


CAT Decisions - Motion Order


In the case of Friedlander v. York Condominium Corporation No. 427, 2022 ONCAT 27, the tribunal addressed the request to add the owner of the condominium unit above the applicant, as a party to the proceedings. The tribunal decided to add the owner as an intervenor, providing him with an opportunity to participate in the case, as his actions and interactions were directly relevant to the matter. This decision ensures that all relevant parties have the opportunity to be heard in a dispute involving noise complaints and the enforcement of condominium rules.


Expansion of Jurisdiction: The case highlights an expansion of the Condominium Authority Tribunal's jurisdiction to include disputes related to governing documents that address nuisances, annoyances, or disruptions to individuals in a condominium unit. This expansion allows for a broader range of issues to be addressed by the Tribunal.

Adding Parties: The Tribunal has the authority to add or remove parties from proceedings if it deems it appropriate. In this case, the Respondent requested the addition of the owner of the unit causing the noise issue as a Respondent or Intervenor, and the Tribunal granted this request.

Direct Impact: The decision emphasizes that individuals directly affected by a proceeding should have an adequate opportunity to be heard on matters within the proceeding, especially if the outcome could impact them directly, including potentially in a monetary way.

Enforcement Responsibility: While the Applicant did not take a position on adding the owner as a party, the underlying view is that it is the responsibility of the condominium corporation to enforce its own rules against owners/residents.

Consideration of All Sides: The Tribunal's decision shows a commitment to ensuring that all relevant parties have a say in proceedings that could affect them, promoting fairness and transparency in dispute resolution.


Clarify Jurisdiction: In cases where the Tribunal's jurisdiction has recently expanded or there is ambiguity regarding whether the condominium corporation or the unit owner is the appropriate party, providing clear guidelines or regulations can help ensure a smoother and more efficient resolution process. This could include defining the roles and responsibilities of different parties in specific types of disputes.

Proactive Enforcement: Encourage condominium corporations to proactively enforce their own rules against owners/residents. This can help prevent disputes from arising in the first place and contribute to a harmonious living environment within the condominium community.

Balance All Interests: When adding or considering the involvement of additional parties in a condominium dispute, it is essential to strike a balance between affording all persons directly affected by the proceeding an opportunity to participate and ensuring that the proceeding remains expeditious. The Tribunal should consider the potential impact of its decisions on all relevant parties, especially in cases where monetary consequences are possible.

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