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Name and Title
Audrey Loeb
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Year of Call

1974 (Ontario)

Memberships
  • Member, Canadian Condominium Institute
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association and Co-Chair of the Condominium Committee of the Real Property Subsection (Ontario)
  • Former member of the Board of Directors, Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation and its Audit & Accountability, Governance, and Leadership Committees as well as the founder and Chair of the “Weekend to End Breast Cancer” benefiting the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation
  • Former member of the Board of Directors, Bridgepoint Hospital
  • Member of the Real Property Committee, Ministry of Government & Business Services
Publications
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Audrey Loeb Head ShotThe increasing number of units being used as short-term rentals is causing headaches for condominium boards, says Toronto condominium lawyer Audrey Loeb.

And she predicts those headaches will continue until the Ontario government steps in.

"I just think the government should take a more active role in helping the condominium corporations in terms of legislative modifications," says Loeb, a partner with Shibley Righton LLP.

"I think this mess of short-term rentals and allowing units to be used as hotels is really not the original intent and purpose of condominiums," she tells AdvocateDaily.com.

Loeb says the City of Toronto enacted a bylaw earlier this year that would, among other things, only allow licensed short-term rentals on an owner's principal residence, but it is being challenged this month before the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). "Whether that will result in anything changing I don't know," she says.

The bylaw states a portion of a unit can be rented if the owner lives in it.

Loeb says these short-term rentals are becoming more popular as an alternative to hotels. With "tons" of condominiums owned by investors, "it's a good way to make a lot of money."

This is an excerpt from an article that appeared on AdvocateDaily.com.

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2018-08-15
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Audrey Loeb Head ShotIn 1999, Justice Gloria Epstein in Peel Condominium Corporation No. 505 v. Cam Valley Homes Ltd., [1999] O.J. No. 4068 found, in a dispute between a townhouse condominium corporation and its developer that the adequacy of disclosure concerning the potential use of a parcel of adjoining park land, was not adequate and not made in good faith. The developer had disclosed only that the park land might be repurposed; the statement was buried deep in the documents. This decision was heralded as a breakthrough for condominium..

This is an excerpt from an article that appeared in The Lawyers Daily.

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2018-08-02
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Audrey Loeb Head ShotWhile the recent amendments to Ontario’s Condominium Act may have been initiated to make life easier for unit owners and condo corporations, they have ended up creating more challenges for all involved, says Toronto condominium lawyer Audrey Loeb.

“We now have an Act that is just enormous. On the issue of regulation-making power alone, there are 666 references. I would like life to be easier for people, not more complex,” she tells AdvocateDaily.com.

When it comes to condo managers, the province has increased their burden exponentially, says Loeb, a partner with Shibley Righton LLP.

“I don’t know how managers are going to be able to work through all of the amendments,” she says.

Loeb says boards often end up micromanaging because property managers are dealing with so many issues. Any time there is new legislation, growing pains are to be expected, but for some condominium dwellers it will be difficult to navigate, she adds.

This is an excerpt from an article that appeared on AdvocateDaily.com.

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Date_Published
2018-07-24
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Audrey Loeb Head ShotToronto condominium lawyer Audrey Loeb became the public face of Ontario’s Condominium Act almost as soon as she began practising law.

The 1967 Act underwent its first wave of revisions in 1974, shortly after Loeb joined the province’s Ministry of Consumer Services, which was responsible for its administration. A major revamp would follow in 1978, but Loeb’s boss in the legal department disliked public speaking.

“Every time someone was supposed to speak about the Act, I was sent out, and eventually, I became affiliated with the law from a government perspective,” she tells AdvocateDaily.com.

More than four decades later, Loeb, a partner with Shibley Righton LLP, has long since switched to private practice, but remains synonymous with the law, having written several leading texts on the subject, including The Condominium Act: A User’s Manual and Condominium Law and Administration.

She also played a role in the development of the law via her membership in panels created by the provincial government to review and advise on amendments to the Act.

It could all have turned out differently for Loeb, who says she felt pushed into law school by her mother but took to the subject “like a fish to water.”

But when she graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School, one of just 15 women in the class, Loeb found Toronto’s legal scene an unwelcoming place.

“The only jobs women could get were in family or estates law,” she says. “I was married, I was a woman and I was Jewish. The truth is, nobody wanted me.” 

This is an excerpt from an article that appeared on AdvocateDaily.com.

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Date_Published
2018-06-26
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Shibley Righton's Audrey Loeb was recently interviewed by The Lawyer's Daily to discuss Realtors being charged after allegedly taking money for preferential access to condos

The Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO) has charged three Toronto-area real estate agents with violations of the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act (REBBA) after allegedly taking money from clients improperly.

Charged are Sean Brackin of Bowmanville, as well as Jin Wang and Fang Ruan of Toronto, for accepting a “quantity of money” directly from customers in contravention of s. 31(2) of REBBA, which states “no broker or salesperson is entitled to or shall accept any commission or other remuneration for trading...

This is an excerpt from the interview, Please click here to read the complete article.

Date_Published
2017-09-28
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BIO

Audrey M. Loeb

Audrey Loeb, LSM, B.A., LL.B., LL.M has a focused practice in conveyancing and condominium law. She provides advice to buyers and sellers on conveyancing matters, to developers on condominium development, and to condominium corporations on issues of corporate governance and operations. She has received several professional awards including the Law Society Medal for her significant contributions to the profession and to the community, the Ontario Bar Association’s Real Property Section Award of Excellence, and the Osgoode Hall Law School Alumni Gold Key award. Audrey has been recognized as a leading practitioner in her field by Martindale and Hubble, Lexpert, and Best Lawyers in Canada for several years. She is a member of the Canadian Condominium Institute and has served as a member of a condominium board of directors.

Audrey is the author of the two leading texts on condominium law: The Condominium Act: A User’s Manual, 3rd Edition, Carswell, and Condominium Law and Administration, 2nd Edition, Carswell. She is also the author of the booklet Condominium Ownership: What you need to know.

Audrey is a frequent lecturer for the Toronto Real Estate Board, the Law Society of Upper Canada, and the Ontario Bar Association. She has served as Co-chair of the Ontario Bar Association, Real Property Section Condominium Committee, and has been a member of the Ministry of Consumer and Business Services Real Property Registration Committee, the Ontario New Home Warranty Program Consumer Advisory Committee, the Board of Directors of the Real Estate Council of Ontario and National Board of Directors of the Canadian Condominium Institute. She is a member of the Expert Panel created by the Government of Ontario to review and advise on proposed amendments to the Condominium Act, 1998 and has been an active participant with the government in creating condominium law in Ontario.

In 2016, Audrey travelled to New Zealand to lecture at Auckland University Law School and at a legal Symposium in Christchurch. She was a co-founder of the Condominium Dispute Resolution Centre. She is a Professor Emeritus of Law at Ryerson University, School of Business Management. She has completed the Institute of Corporate Directors and the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management’s Financial Literacy Program for Directors and Executives and the Governance Essentials Program for Directors of Not-For-Profit Organizations.

Audrey is also a former member of the Board of Directors of Bridgepoint Health and of the Princess Margaret Hospital (now known as the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation), as well as the founder of the “Weekend to End Women’s Cancers” benefitting the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation.

Contact Information

T: 416.214.5267
F: 416.214.5467
aloeb@shibleyrighton.com

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Education

LL.M., London School of Economics and Political Science

LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School, York University

B.A., McGill University

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