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Glenn Emond v Toronto Standard Condominium Corporation No. 2020 - 2019 ONCAT 39 - 2019-10-01

Corporation:

GETSCC 2020

Date:

2019-10-01

Under:

CAT Decisions - Decision
Adequacy of Records
Fees, Costs, Penalties

Summary:

In the case of Glenn Emond v Toronto Standard Condominium Corporation No. 2020, the Applicant sought specific records from the Respondent related to financial statements and legal fee expenditures. The Respondent initially provided redacted legal account invoices, which the Applicant found unsatisfactory. However, during the proceedings and with further clarification, the Applicant confirmed his satisfaction with the records provided by the Respondent. As a result, the Tribunal closed the case and ordered the Respondent to pay $150 in costs to the Applicant, which both parties had agreed upon.

Verdict:

In the case of Glenn Emond v Toronto Standard Condominium Corporation No. 2020, the Applicant's dispute regarding the adequacy of records was ultimately resolved through clarification and review of the provided documents. The key lesson here is that clear communication and cooperation between parties can lead to satisfactory resolutions, and in this case, it led to an agreement for the Respondent to cover the Applicant's filing costs, reinforcing the importance of addressing costs in such disputes amicably.




Takeaways:

In the case of Glenn Emond v Toronto Standard Condominium Corporation No. 2020, the Applicant requested specific condominium records related to financial statements and legal fee expenditures.

The Applicant was initially dissatisfied with the redacted legal account invoices provided by the Respondent. However, as the case proceeded, the Respondent clarified the records, and the Applicant ultimately expressed satisfaction with them.

The Respondent agreed to pay the Applicant's costs of $150 related to filing the case with the Tribunal.

The Tribunal, based on the agreement between the Applicant and Respondent, closed the case as all issues were resolved to the Applicant's satisfaction.

If the Respondent fails to pay the cost award of $150 within 30 days, the Applicant is entitled to a credit of $150 on his share of monthly common expenses for his unit.

Recommendations: 

Clear Record Requests: Condominium corporations should ensure that record requests from unit owners are responded to promptly and clearly. If there are concerns regarding the requested documents, providing explanations or clarifications along with the records can help prevent unnecessary disputes.

Early Participation: Respondents, in this case, the condominium corporation, should actively participate in the dispute resolution process from an early stage. This can facilitate efficient communication, clarification of issues, and ultimately lead to resolutions without prolonged legal proceedings.

Cost Dispute Resolution: Parties should be open to discussing and resolving cost disputes as part of the overall resolution process. Agreeing on costs and ensuring timely payments can help maintain a cooperative atmosphere in condominium disputes.

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