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Peel Condominium Corporation No. 94 v. Cooper - 2023 ONCAT 193 - 2023-12-13


PCC 94


Wed Dec 13 2023 00:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)


In the case of Peel Condominium Corporation No. 94 v. Cooper, the Condominium Authority Tribunal (CAT) issued a decision on December 13, 2023, under section 1.44 of the Condominium Act, 1998. The Applicant, Peel Condominium Corporation No. 94, sought an order for the permanent removal of the respondent's dog due to violations of condominium rules. The respondent did not participate in the negotiation and mediation stages, leading to a default proceeding. The CAT found that the respondent had breached condominium rules related to pet behavior, ordering the permanent removal of the dog and awarding compensation and costs to the condominium corporation.


CAT Decisions - Decision
Compliance with Governing Documents
Indemnification or Compensation
Other Type of Nuisance, Annoyance or Disruption
Pets and Animals


In the case of Peel Condominium Corporation No. 94 v. Cooper, the Condominium Authority Tribunal (CAT) ordered the respondent to permanently remove her dog from the condominium unit and property within 14 days due to repeated violations of the condominium's rules, causing disturbances to neighbors. Additionally, Ms. Cooper was directed to pay compensation of $1,988.80 for pre-CAT costs, the Tribunal filing fee of $125, and legal costs of $3,741.43 to the condominium corporation within 30 days. The decision emphasizes the importance of compliance with governing documents in condominiums and outlines the financial consequences for non-compliance.


Non-Compliance with Rules: The respondent failed to comply with Peel Condominium Corporation No. 94’s (PCC 94) rules and declaration regarding pet ownership, leading to a violation of the Condominium Act, 1998.

Reasonable Decision by PCC 94: PCC 94's decision to deem Ms. Cooper's dog a nuisance and order its permanent removal due to repeated violations, as supported by evidence, was deemed reasonable by the Tribunal.

Financial Consequences: The respondent is directed to pay PCC 94 compensation, including the Tribunal filing fee of $125, pre-CAT costs of $1,988.80, and legal costs of $3,741.43, as a consequence of her non-compliance.

Proportional Cost Award: While successful, PCC 94 is awarded only a portion (approximately 40%) of its legal costs, totaling $3,741.43, considering factors like the straightforward nature of the case and lack of engagement from Ms. Cooper.

Clear Timelines: Specific timelines are set for the respondent to remove the dog and make the required payments, providing clarity on the actions to be taken.


Adherence to Condominium Rules Education:
Encourage condominium corporations to implement educational programs or materials that help unit owners understand and adhere to the rules and regulations outlined in governing documents. This proactive approach may prevent disputes and non-compliance issues, fostering a more harmonious living environment.

Mediation and Dispute Resolution Services:
Promote the utilization of mediation and dispute resolution services at earlier stages of conflicts. Offering mediation as a mandatory step before advancing to a formal tribunal hearing could facilitate communication between parties, potentially resolving disputes more amicably and cost-effectively.

Clear Communication Protocols for Unrepresented Parties:
Establish clear communication protocols for unrepresented parties involved in tribunal proceedings. Ensure that they receive timely and comprehensive information about the process, their rights, and the potential consequences of non-compliance. This can help in fostering greater participation and understanding, leading to more informed decisions and resolutions.

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