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Rangan v. Metropolitan Toronto Condominium Corporation No. 996 - 2021 ONCAT 107 - 2021-11-15

Corporation:

RMTCC 996

Date:

2021-11-15

Under:

CAT Decisions - Consent Order
Access to Records
Adequacy of Records
Entitlement to Records
Fees, Costs, Penalties

Summary:

In the case of Rangan v. Metropolitan Toronto Condominium Corporation No. 996, a Consent Order was issued by a Member of the Condominium Authority Tribunal. The dispute involved access to financial records under the Condominium Act, 1998. The Parties, including the Applicant and the Respondent Metropolitan Toronto Condominium Corporation No. 996, agreed to settle the case through mediation.

The Consent Order stipulated that the Corporation would provide the Applicant with specific financial records within 30 days. If any redactions were made, explanations were to be provided as required by the regulation. The Respondent would also reimburse the Applicant for Tribunal fees. The case was closed with the consent of both Parties, and compliance was enforceable through the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

Verdict:

In Rangan v. Metropolitan Toronto Condominium Corporation No. 996, a Consent Order was issued, signifying the resolution of a dispute through mediation. The case emphasized the importance of granting access to financial records within a specified timeframe, reimbursing Tribunal fees, and ensuring fair cost allocation for the Applicant. It also highlighted the finality of case closure once resolved in mediation and the legal enforceability of Consent Orders through the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, underlining the efficiency and efficacy of the Condominium Authority Tribunal's dispute resolution process.

Takeaways:

Mediation and Consent Orders: The Parties agreed to resolve the dispute through mediation and reached a consent order, highlighting the effectiveness of mediation in settling condominium-related issues.

Access to Financial Records: The Applicant secured access to specific financial records, including balance sheets, income statements, and bank reconciliation reports, promoting transparency in condominium management.

Reimbursement of Tribunal Fees: The Respondent agreed to reimburse the Applicant for Tribunal fees, underlining the importance of fair cost allocation in such disputes.

Case Closure: Both Parties consented to the closure of the case, signifying the finality of the resolution, with no further actions required.

Enforceability: The Consent Order highlighted that non-compliance could be enforced through the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, emphasizing the legal weight of such agreements.

Recommendations: 

Efficient Dispute Resolution: The case highlights the effectiveness of the Condominium Authority Tribunal's (CAT) online dispute resolution system. Parties in a dispute should consider engaging in mediation and consent orders, which can lead to a quicker and less costly resolution.

Timely Provision of Records: Condominium corporations should prioritize providing requested records within the specified timeframe, as indicated in this case (30 days from the date of the consent order). Delays in record provision can lead to disputes and additional costs.

Fair Reimbursement: When resolving disputes, particularly in cases where one party is owed reimbursement (as seen with CAT fees in this case), it's important to outline clear terms for payment and credit to ensure a fair and efficient resolution process. Parties should consider setting specific timelines and methods for reimbursement.

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