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CONDOMINIUM MEETINGS — BILL 190 AND AMENDMENTS TO CONDOMINIUM ACT, 1998 — MAY 13, 2020 UPDATE

On May 12, 2020, the provincial legislature approved (temporary) amendments to the Condominium Act, 1998 (the “Act“) as part of Bill 190, the “COVID-19 Response and Reforms to Modernize Ontario Act, 2020“. Read the full article.

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Massachusetts Debt Collection Ban Stricken Down

In a decision with implications for condominium collections in Massachusetts, the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts on May 6, 2020 issued an order prohibiting the State Attorney General from enforcing parts of the March 27 emergency regulations restricting consumer debt collections during the COVID-19 state of emergency. As discussed in our April 7, 2020 client alert, those regulations banned debt collectors from calling debtors and initiating “collection lawsuits.”

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Government suspends evictions and launches, and freezes rental fees in face of the current state of emergency.

Executive Order No. 145 of 1st May, 2020 suspends evictions and launches, and freezes rental fees during the state of emergency.

You may access the decree here

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Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Massachusetts Halts Evictions & Forelosures, While Allowing Remote Notarizations

Within the last ten days, Governor Charlie Baker has signed into law two new acts intended to address the significant economic and legal disruptions caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic and the Commonwealth’s state of emergency response.

The first, An Act Providing for a Moratorium on Evictions and Foreclosures During the COVID-19 Emergency, does just what its title states.

The second, An Act Providing for Virtual Notarization to Address Challenges Related to COVID-19, is more limited and is intended to promote, rather than restrict, legal action.

This alert outlines key provisions of and guidance for complying with these new laws. Read more…

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Approaching the First of the Month During a Pandemic for Commercial Landlords and Tenants

By Sydney Warshaw, Sara Laraichi and Herbert Z. Pinchuk, from our Business Law Practice Group

April 28, 2020 — On April 16th, Prime Minister Trudeau announced a new measure to support small businesses struggling to pay their monthly rent. The Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program will be a partnership between the Federal and Provincial Governments to offer forgivable loans to commercial property owners, who can then pass these resources onto their small business tenants for the months of April (retroactively), May, and June.

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CONDOMINIUM MEETINGS — EMERGENCY ORDER — APRIL 27, 2020 UPDATE

On the evening of Friday April 24, 2020, the Ontario government expanded the scope of its emergency orders to now address various issues relating to condominium owner and board meetings. The orders are retroactive to March 17, 2020 and will apply, unless amended further, for the duration of the emergency order. Read the full article.

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CANADA EMERGENCY COMMERCIAL RENT ASSISTANCE: RELIEF IS ON THE WAY, BUT THE DEVIL MAY BE IN THE DETAILS

Canadian individuals and businesses in all industries are experiencing financial hardships as a result of the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (“COVID-19“). Those in the commercial real estate business are no exception, as landlords, tenants, real estate developers, and property managers are all attempting to navigate the pandemic’s effects. While tenants attempt to negotiate relief from their lease obligations, landlords are concerned with the absence of relief from mortgage or realty tax payments, creating a clear tug-of-war between these parties during an increasingly difficult time. Read the full article.

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CONSTRUCTION LAW UPDATE — SUSPENSION PERIOD LIFTED FOR CONSTRUCTION LIENS AND THE RELEASE OF HOLDBACK

On March 20, 2020, the Province of Ontario filed an order in council under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act effectively suspending until further notice all statutory limitation periods, including the limitation periods to preserve and perfect construction liens retroactive to March 16, 2020. However, the inclusion of construction liens in the suspension order proved highly problematic. Read the full article.

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“RESIDENTS ARE IN ISOLATION, HOW CAN WE HELP?”

Unfortunately, due to the contagious nature of COVID-19, it is likely a matter of when, and not if, a resident will test positive, or be placed into isolation for being in contact with someone who has tested positive. As such, corporations need to be prepared. Read the full article.

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OSHA issues COVID-19 case reporting relief for contractors

On April 10, 2020, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued temporary guidance for recording cases of COVID-19 that provides relief to the construction industry. OSHA’s announcement provides certainty to the construction industry and helps contractors focus their response efforts on implementing good hygiene practices in their workplaces and otherwise mitigating COVID-19’s effects.

Click here to learn more.

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