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Steingart v. Toronto Standard Condominium Corporation No. 2517 - 2020 ONCAT 29 - 2020-08-17

Corporation:

STSCC 2517

Date:

2020-08-17

Under:

CAT Decisions - Consent Order
Fees, Costs, Penalties

Summary:

In the case of Steingart v. Toronto Standard Condominium Corporation No. 2517 (2020 ONCAT 29), a Consent Order was issued by a member of the Condominium Authority Tribunal (CAT), on August 17, 2020. The dispute involved fees, costs, and penalties related to condominium matters. The Applicant and the Respondent, Toronto Standard Condominium Corporation No. 2517, reached an agreement to settle the case without a hearing, and the terms of their agreement were incorporated into the Consent Order. As per the order, the Respondent agreed to reimburse the Applicant's filing fees of $75 within 30 days, and both parties resolved the issues involved in the case. The order also stipulated that non-compliance with its terms could result in enforcement through the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

Verdict:

In Steingart v. Toronto Standard Condominium Corporation No. 2517 (2020 ONCAT 29), a Consent Order was issued, demonstrating the effectiveness of alternative dispute resolution methods. The parties, the Applicant and the Respondent, settled their dispute without the need for a formal hearing, highlighting the importance of open communication and negotiation in resolving condominium-related issues efficiently and reducing the burden on the legal system. This case underscores the value of finding mutually agreeable solutions and the authority of the Condominium Authority Tribunal (CAT) to facilitate such resolutions.

Takeaways:

Consent Agreement: The case was resolved through a mutual agreement between the Applicant and the Respondent, Toronto Standard Condominium Corporation No. 2517. Their terms of settlement were incorporated into a Consent Order.

Fees Reimbursement: The Respondent agreed to reimburse the Applicant's filing fees, amounting to $75, within 30 days as part of the settlement.

Dispute Resolution: The parties reached an agreement that resolved the issues in the case, avoiding the need for a formal hearing.

Enforcement: The Consent Order stated that non-compliance with its terms could lead to enforcement through the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, emphasizing the importance of adhering to the agreed-upon terms.

CAT Authority: This case underscores the role of the Condominium Authority Tribunal in facilitating the resolution of condominium-related disputes through consent agreements, reducing the need for formal hearings and litigation.

Recommendations: 

Encourage Mediation and Settlement: Promote the use of mediation and negotiation in resolving condominium-related disputes. Encourage parties to engage in open communication and find mutually agreeable solutions before proceeding to formal hearings, reducing the burden on the legal system.

Transparency and Documentation: Ensure that agreements reached through consent orders are well-documented and transparent. This includes clearly outlining the terms and conditions of the agreement, such as reimbursement of fees, to prevent potential future disputes.

Adherence to Consent Order: Emphasize the importance of adhering to the terms of consent orders. Parties involved in the dispute should understand that failure to comply with the agreed-upon terms may result in legal enforcement through appropriate channels, such as the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

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