Dealing with nightmare neighbours in condos


Two recent decisions demonstrate how far the courts are willing to go to deal with disruptive condominium owners and tenants, says Toronto labour and employment lawyer John De Vellis.

“These court decisions are welcome news for condo corporations because they show that abusive and harassing behaviour will not be tolerated,” says De Vellis, a partner with Shibley Righton LLP.

In the first case, a condo owner’s behaviour grew increasingly bizarre and eventually became threatening and dangerous, De Vellis tells

The condo corporation ultimately took the case to court, claiming the woman’s behaviour constituted workplace harassment as defined in the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), and that she breached s.117 of the Condominium Act by harassing, threatening, intimidating, verbally abusing and physically assaulting a staff member.

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