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Compliance and Mental Health Disability in Condominiums

Deborah Howden
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Addresses the challenges of dealing with mental health disabilities in condominium settings. It emphasizes the diversity within this group, including various conditions like anxiety, depression, hoarding, paranoia, schizophrenia, and dementia. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated mental health issues, creating a need for appropriate compliance enforcement. Misconceptions about mental illness should be avoided, and solutions need to be sought for compliance challenges caused by mental health disabilities. The Ontario Human Rights Code requires accommodation up to the point of undue hardship. Property management may need to arrange inspections and cleaning for hoarding disorders or provide cues for residents with anxiety disorders. There are limits to accommodation, and property management is not expected to provide mental health services. The article also highlights a case where a person denying a disability may affect the duty to accommodate. In situations involving health and safety concerns, legal action may be necessary under the Condominium Act, 1998. The importance of individualized accommodation is emphasized, while ensuring the health and safety of all residents.


Mental health disabilities, diversity, compliance, COVID-19 pandemic, stereotypes, solutions, accommodation, Ontario Human Rights Code, undue hardship, property management, hoarding disorder, anxiety disorders, limits, health and safety, legal action, Condominium Act, individualized accommodation.

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Deborah Howden
Compliance and Mental Health Disability in Condominiums
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