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Smith v. Peterborough Condominium Corporation No. 38 - 2024 ONCAT 45 - 2024-03-20




Wed Mar 20 2024 04:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)


In the case of Smith v. Peterborough Condominium Corporation No. 38, The applicant sought reimbursement of his Tribunal filing fees after receiving the requested records from the respondent. The Tribunal, led by Michael Clifton, Vice-Chair, dismissed the case, emphasizing the minor nature of the issue and the lack of reasonable grounds for the claim. The Tribunal found that the respondent's reasons for initially not providing the records were reasonable, and the applicant had ample time to resolve the dispute without resorting to Tribunal proceedings.


CAT Decisions - Decision
Fees, Costs, Penalties


The Tribunal's decision underscores the importance of assessing the nature and grounds of a claim before initiating Tribunal proceedings. Parties should prioritize resolving disputes through direct communication and consider the practicality and necessity of Tribunal involvement for minor issues.


Tribunals may dismiss cases deemed to be of a minor nature or lacking reasonable grounds.
Parties should attempt to resolve disputes directly before resorting to Tribunal proceedings, especially for minor issues.
Requesting reimbursement of Tribunal filing fees may not be justified if the issue is resolved without the Tribunal's intervention.
Compliance with Tribunal orders and legislative requirements is essential for both parties involved in condominium disputes.


Parties involved in condominium disputes should carefully evaluate the significance of their claims and attempt to resolve them directly with the other party. They should also ensure compliance with Tribunal orders and legislative requirements to avoid unnecessary Tribunal proceedings and costs.

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