Pets, Parking, Parties, People—How to Avoid Condo Disputes

There’s nothing worse than disputes that occur where you live. When you have problems with a co-worker, acquaintance, or friend, at least you can go home and be away from the trouble. But when the conflict is with a neighbor, condo board, or tenant, it can feel like a never ending struggle that you’re immersed in 24 hours a day.

Here are four major types of conflicts that arise in condominiums. Be prepared to avoid them and handle them best when they do come up. Remember that a qualified condominium lawyer is a phone call away if you are ever unsure about your rights.

Pets

We love our pets, but what about the neighbor’s dog who relieves himself in front of your patio every morning? Not so much. Nor are we particularly fond of the puppy with separation anxiety that howls constantly while you’re trying to work from home. Most people view their pets as part of their family and it’s always best to begin with a face-to-face talk and open the discussion with understanding. Showing concern means your neighbour or tenant will be more likely to invest the energy into finding the right solution.

But first read your condo bylaws on pets: usually the type, size, and number of pets allowed are specified. If you’re a landlord, make sure this document is clear, up-to-date, and has been provided to all tenants. Should a pet problem prove intractable then consult condo lawyers Toronto residents trust.

Parking

On the one hand, there are generally clear rules about what sort of parking comes with property ownership. On the other hand, in the real world, people often don’t follow the rules. Even if all parties know the rules are being broken, the question sometimes comes down to enforcement mechanisms and what penalties are incurred for the rule breaker. Before launching a complaint, document the infraction and read the fine print of your parking agreement. If a condo board is not defending a rogue parker who is taking up your space it might be time to look into a condo lawyer. The value of parking spaces can run into the thousands of dollars and Toronto’s real estate lawyers have a lot of experience with related disputes.

Parties

Sure, we all like to party when we’re at a party. But terrible disco music at 3 in the morning when you’re trying to sleep? No thank you. While big nights like New Year’s Eve or an annual birthday bash are part of the price you pay for the convenience of living in a condo, there are also those serial offenders who think nothing of having a line dancing party until the sun comes up on a Tuesday morning. While you can call the police with a noise complaint, that’s not a permanent solution for someone who does not have appropriate noise boundaries. Landlords take note: make noise rules clear and enforceable and take your tenants seriously if they come to you with a complaint—party and noise problems are one condo issue that occasionally gets out of control.

Previous owner

A major dispute for condo owners can sometimes arise from that previous owner. This is particularly so if information was not disclosed, such as condominium liens. A related is issue is appliances, electronics, that are defective or worn out but were presented as new. If as the new owner of a condo you suddenly find yourself holding the bag for the debts of a previous owner or have discovered none of your washing machines work then it’s time to give us a call. At HLD Lawyers, we’re familiar with all of these trouble areas and know how to resolve the problems as quickly and painlessly as possible.