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Sanchez v. Toronto Standard Condominium Corporation No. 1531 - 2021 ONCAT 68 - 2021-07-16


STSCC 1531




In the case of Sanchez v. Toronto Standard Condominium Corporation No. 1531, the Condominium Authority Tribunal (CAT) issued a Dismissal Order on July 16, 2021, under section 1.41 of the Condominium Act, 1998. The Applicant sought CAT intervention concerning the use of hooks to secure his motorcycle in his parking spot and related repair costs. The CAT proposed to dismiss the application, citing jurisdictional issues. The Respondent was seeking to prohibit the use of hooks and recover repair costs, but the CAT determined that the issues related to parking and storage were beyond its jurisdiction. Additionally, portions of the dispute involved matters covered by section 98 of the Condominium Act, which the CAT cannot accept under its jurisdiction. Therefore, the CAT ordered the dismissal of the application.


CAT Decisions - Dismissal Order


Verdict: The Condominium Authority Tribunal (CAT) dismissed this case as it fell outside the CAT's jurisdiction due to issues related to parking, storage, and common element alterations.

Lesson: Understanding the specific jurisdictional boundaries of the CAT and ensuring that disputes fall within its purview is crucial when seeking resolution for condominium-related issues.


Jurisdictional Limits: The case underscores the importance of understanding the jurisdictional limits of the Condominium Authority Tribunal (CAT). The CAT can only address disputes that fall within its statutory jurisdiction, and issues outside its purview must be addressed through other means.

Compliance Disputes: The Applicant initially filed the application as a compliance dispute, but the CAT found that the provisions cited in the Respondent's declaration did not govern parking and storage matters, thus falling outside the CAT's jurisdiction.

Jurisdictional Clarity: Parties involved in condominium-related disputes should be clear about the specific provisions, regulations, and sections of the Condominium Act, 1998 that apply to their case. This clarity can help determine whether the CAT has the authority to address the dispute.

Dismissal for Jurisdiction: When the CAT lacks jurisdiction over the issues in dispute, it may propose to dismiss the application. Understanding the CAT's jurisdictional boundaries is crucial to save time and resources for both parties involved.

Legal Expertise: Seeking legal advice or consulting with experts in condominium law can help parties understand their rights, responsibilities, and the appropriate avenues for resolving disputes related to condominium living.


Applicants should thoroughly research and understand the jurisdiction of the Condominium Authority Tribunal (CAT) before filing an application to ensure that their dispute falls within the CAT's scope. This will help avoid unnecessary dismissals and potential delays in resolving the issue.

When facing condominium-related disputes, carefully review the relevant sections of the Condominium Act, 1998, and Ontario Regulation 179/17 to determine whether the matter is within the CAT's purview. Understanding the specific regulations and rules applicable to your situation is crucial in ensuring the CAT's jurisdiction.

If your dispute involves multiple facets or aspects, consider pursuing separate and appropriate avenues or forums for addressing each element of the conflict to ensure that each issue is dealt with effectively and in the right context. This will help prevent conflicts from being dismissed due to jurisdictional issues.

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