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Toronto Standard Condominium Corporation No. 1984 v. Blais et al. - 2023 ONCAT 194 - 2023-12-08


TSCC 1984


Fri Dec 08 2023 05:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)


Toronto Standard Condominium Corporation No. 1984 sought an order against the respondents for breaching governing documents by placing a bamboo fence on a common elements' balcony. The dispute arose when the fence deteriorated, prompting complaints about its appearance. Despite demands from TSCC 1984, the fence remained. The owner, did not participate, and the tenant raised a jurisdictional issue, arguing the Tribunal lacked authority over Section 98-related disputes. The Tribunal found the bamboo fence was not stored but actively used for privacy daily, rendering the issues beyond its jurisdiction. Consequently, the application was dismissed.


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The Condominium Authority Tribunal dismissed the application brought by Toronto Standard Condominium Corporation No. 1984 (TSCC 1984) against the unit owner and the tenant. The tribunal ruled that the dispute over a bamboo fence on the common elements' balcony did not fall within its jurisdiction, as the tenant was not deemed to be "storing" the fence according to the defined terms, and thus, the issues were beyond the tribunal's scope. The decision underscores the importance of accurately defining the nature of disputes within the tribunal's jurisdiction from the outset.


Dispute Origin: The case involves a dispute between Toronto Standard Condominium Corporation No. 1984 (TSCC 1984) and unit occupants over the installation of a bamboo fence on the common elements' balcony.

Jurisdictional Challenge: A preliminary issue was raised regarding the Tribunal's jurisdiction. The Tenant argued that the dispute related to Section 98 of the Condominium Act, 1998, while TSCC 1984 contended it fell within the Tribunal's authority concerning storage disputes.

Definition of Storage: The Tribunal's decision hinged on whether the bamboo fence constituted "storage." The ruling considered the common understanding of storage as putting something away for future use, ultimately determining that the Tenant was not storing the fence.

Jurisdictional Limit: The Tribunal concluded that the issues in question were beyond its jurisdiction, leading to the dismissal of the application.

Order: The Tribunal ordered the dismissal of TSCC 1984's application, highlighting the importance of clearly defining the nature of disputes within the Tribunal's jurisdiction.


Clarification of Governing Documents: To avoid jurisdictional disputes, condominium corporations should ensure that their governing documents clearly outline the scope of the Tribunal's jurisdiction concerning various issues. This includes explicit language regarding disputes related to storage, alterations, or any other matters covered by the Condominium Authority Tribunal.

Enhanced Communication and Education: Improve communication and education for unit owners and tenants regarding the scope of the Tribunal's jurisdiction. This can include providing accessible information about the types of disputes the Tribunal can address and the proper channels for dispute resolution within the condominium setting.

Early Mediation or Dispute Resolution: Encourage early mediation or alternative dispute resolution mechanisms before escalating matters to the Tribunal. This can help parties understand the nature of their dispute, potentially reach an amicable resolution, and avoid unnecessary legal proceedings. Establishing a clear process for early mediation within condominium corporations can contribute to more efficient conflict resolution.

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