Not all neighbours love each other. However, not all neighbours end up airing their dirty laundry in the courts. But that number is increasing, according to real estate lawyers across the country, with more owners taking drastic legal action to evict unruly residents.
A woman in B.C. was recently ordered to sell her Surry condo following a number of complaints regarding her son’s behaviour, while such cases are increasingly common across Ontario. Mark Weisleder, a Toronto-based barrister, says the current process of mediation and arbitration "takes a long time and can get expensive." However, he says the proposed new changes to the Condominium Act will have "more expedited process to deal with some of the issues between owners."
Condo boards, owners and renters say, should do a lot more to ensure that such disputes do not escalate beyond the doors of the building.
“We feel that Condo boards pick and choose their battles. It's hard for them to get involved with personal issues between residents as it can become very time consuming and frequent - especially with larger buildings,” says Joy Patterson from condochicks.com.
“Issues such as noise pollution and aggressive dogs can be addressed however when it comes to personal relationships between residents- it can get complicated. Boards typically do their best to protect their residents, some better than others from what we have seen.”
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