"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." - Winston Churchhill
Our Practice Areas
Our condominium law lawyers are a legal team with a breadth of experience in litigation, corporate law and condominium law, and all work together to facilitate providing you the best legal solutions for a condominium corporation. Condominiums are not unlike a fourth level of government requiring democratic fairness, and reasonableness while operating within a balanced budget and a statutory framework. Condominiums are also delicate as they require the management of material assets by a team created by the elected board (and other property management). It is critical that boards and property managers understand the legal parameters surrounding their actions in order for them to operate effectively. We recognize that board of directors are comprised of individuals who care deeply about facilitating the well-being of their community, but who may still need the tools to carry out this mandate. We provide the tools.
Who We Are
Elia Associates, Professional Corporation, Barristers and Solicitors, is a unique law firm that focuses primarily on providing a full range of legal services to condominium corporations throughout Ontario, including common expense collection, Condominium Act (Ontario) interpretation, appropriate dispute resolution, civil litigation, Tarion warranty claims and day-to-day operation issues, such as rules, policy and procedure development and implementation.
From our condominium law focus, our team of lawyers is able to address corporate and commercial law, civil litigation, employment law, human rights law and real estate law matters both within and outside the condominium context. In addition to litigated dispute resolution, our lawyers are committed to finding the most appropriate dispute resolution method available, and to work with condominium corporations to address conflicts with a view to avoiding costly disputes.
Services We Provide
|CONDOMINIUM ACT REVIEW - Is There A Role For Ego?|
There is no doubt that condominium legislation will impact all those who have interests within the greater condominium community. All of us should feel the need to be involved in some part of the legislative review process. However, all of us should also recognize that to make this happen would frustrate the process.
In practice, I have little time for Twitter, Facebook, etc.; however, a series of Twitter exchanges were recently brought to my attention. In one, a representative from the Condominium Owners’ Association sent the following:
"Ministry prevents #CondoOwners from having representation from #CondoOwnersAssociation in Condo Act Review Expert Panel.”
This type of comment is frustrating to a process that, without exception to my knowledge, goes over and beyond the efforts of any other Ontario government initiative in involving unit owners and stakeholders to achieve what should ultimately be a superior legislation.
|What is Mediation?|
The Condominium Act may make it mandatory; your condominium may have a by-law that speaks to it; and the courts may encourage parties to try it - but what exactly is mediation, anyway?
Just as many condominium residents lack understanding of what a condominium community is or how it works, the same can be said for mediation. Many parties engaged in conflict do not understand what mediation is, how it works or what it can do for them.