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Mandatory Provincial Residential Tenancy Agreement

Landlords, Tenants and  Realtors remember to read important information on the new mandatory Standard Lease Form which has come into effect May 1, 2018.

Ontario's Fair Housing Plan and Rental Fairness Act changes include an initiative by the Provincial Government to introduce a new standard lease for private residential leases signed on or after April 30, 2018 including tenancies in:
  1. Single Detached Homes
  2. Semi-Detached Homes
  3. Apartment  Buildings
  4. Condominiums
  5. Secondary Suite - ie basement apartments

Click here to download the new form

For more information and an FAQ, visit the Ministry of Housing


Revisions to the OREA Form 400: Residential Tenancy Agreement (Standard Form of Lease)

OREA revisions to Form 400 in response to the new requirements per the Residential Tenancies Act. The Form #400 revisions are as follows:
  1. Clause 12; first line was revised to identify the lease will be drawn by Landlord on the standard form of lease as per Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) & 
  2. Clause 13; is a new clause for party (landlord and tenant) acknowledgement that there will be a standard form of lease as prescribed by RTA.  All form Clauses were re-numbered thereafter.
  3. Note: The purpose of OREA Form #400 Agreement to Lease - Residential is as a negotiating tool only and the mandatory government standard lease form for landlords is the actual formal lease document.  
  4. Further, three OREA Standard Clauses were deleted due to effects of RTA amendments; OREA Standard Clauses in LEASE/RES Clause 2, 8 & 14

Other Important Information

Please Note:  Standard lease form does not apply to most social and supportive housing, retirement and nursing homes, mobile home parks and land lease communities, or commercial properties. The government will develop separate standard leases to address these other types of residential tenancies.


Ambassador for your Condo Building?

If  you would like to make changes in your building, please consider becoming a COA  "Ambassador" of your building.  We have identified that every Condominium needs an Ambassador to work together with the COA.  There is too much going on behind the scenes in the Condo Buildings with Board of Directors and Property Management.  Owners are still being misrepresented and/or ignored.  Condo Annual General Meetings are still a horror movie, but who are the Villains? Sadly, too often it is the Villains winning the Game and the losers are the Condo Owners.

Condo Owners are easily mislead as they try to surf through these takeovers.  Who can they trust? 

One of the key problems are Proxies!   Proxies should not be controlled by Property Manager or the Board of Directors.   The COA has recommended "Electronic Voting"  of Board Members to the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services.  Proxies are the #1 problem in Condominiums because proxies are being forged and manipulated!   The Power lies behind the closed doors of Property Management Office so how can a Condo Owner or even a legitimate Board Member compete?  They can't it is that simple, it cannot be done.   If your building has signs of distress you must realize you have to step out of the building for an opinion unless there is hard core evidence of wrong doing.  Even then take the evidence and step out of the building. 

The only solution to this problem is to have a COA Ambassador in each Condo Building!    Contact COA


Associations are Important

Support your Condo Owners Association representing Condo Owners and Buyers. 

There are various Association representation different sectors.  Each and every one are extremely important.  Below is a list of some of the Associations and whom they represent.  

Condo Owners Association (COA)

......represents Condo Owners and Condo Buyers

Ontario Medical Association (OMA)

......represents our Medical Profession

Ontario Teachers Federation (OTF)

......represents our Teachers

Police Association of Ontario (PAO)

......represents our Police Officers  

Condo Owners Guard your AGM Proxy

How Proxies Effect a  Condo Election

Condo Owners please be extremely careful when you turn over your proxy to another person/s, a Condo Manager or Management Company or another 3rd party.   The new licensing standards for Condo Management companies and Condo Managers prevents a Condo Manager in particular from soliciting for proxies either for voting and/or for quorum.   Unfortunately, there is no exclusion at this time to prevent Condo Managers from receiving proxies and/or accepting the position as a proxy holder on behalf of an on-site or off-site Condo Owners who owns within the same Corporation where that Condo Manager represents. 

The New Condominium Act and during the whole review process identified the need for licensing as a result of a thorough research into the industry.   It appears as though more considerations and/or alerts need to be identified and regulated when it comes to Proxy Holders who have a conflict of interest in the voting process if there is a direct involvement with the same Condo Corporation.  

It is imperative for Condo Owners to have fair and honest representation when electing candidates as a Board Members.  Any manipulation relating to proxies and/or conflicts of those holding proxies can influence and control the final results of the elections.  Remember candidates could be elected for up to 3 year terms and it is very difficult to remove Board Members in accordance with the Condo Act.   It is best to ensure that Candidates win on their own merits and legitimate voting process.

Do you know or suspect if your condo building has this problem?  

We would like to hear more from Condo Owners on this subject

Please blog your comments on

Smoking Marijuana in Condos

Marijuana in Condos

Only a few months away, mid 2018 and marijuana is legal but how does that effect condominiums and community living.   Can marijuana be banned from smoking in a Condominium Corporation if Federal Legislation allows people to consumer marijuana recreationally. Condo Boards are within their rights to bank smoking in units if they create a rule for Unit Owners to vote against it.  They can quote concerns on the security and safety of the Owners and/or residents in the building and they can also take this initiative towards the Corporation / Building itself.  For many years since new regulation regarding smoking came into place, there was always health concerns on 2nd hand cigarette smoke along and its negative impact on Real Estate values.  Regulation hit the housing sector and also commercial entities and workplace.  Grandfather rulings when creating a smoke-free policy can create a platform for present owners and/or tenants however if this policy is in place when new Owners or Tenants take possession and/or occupancy they would have to abide by the policy. 

Please bare in mind there are two concerns: 

1) Smoking within the unit 
2) Smoking in common elements around the building.  

* Common elements includes lobby, hallways, stairwell, underground, any of the amenities etc. 

It would be recommended for all Landlords to ensure that they include special clauses in their Lease Agreements to cover a smoke-free environment.  In todays real estate world it is common practice pertaining to cigarettes, it now has to be adjusted to include marijuana or maybe just include a clause to cover any form of smoking substance.  The present Tenant Laws have seen significant changes in the last few months with the introduction of a standardized Lease Agreement in effect as of May 1, 2018.  No doubt the Country is going to see significant changes and possibly legal challenges.   It is important for all to understand that medical marijuana use will be permitted anywhere that cigarette smoking is allowed. 

Ontario asked for your public opinion until March 2018 and the Condo Owners Association (COA) is following up now to hear your thoughts as the whole marijuana issues unfolds.    There will be up to 150 stores run by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario for people 19 years and older.  Private lounges are already underway and set-backs are on radar for school zone areas. 


Let's hear from Condo Owners

How do you feel about recreational pot consumption in the public spaces of your condo and/or in your own condo unit?

If you are a Condo Owner Investor, what precautions would you consider and do you agree with a ban on smoking marijuana in rental units?

Air Bnb on That Channel

Yes or No to Air Bnb ? Condo Owners let's hear from you ;

LIVE ON THAT CHANNEL *  Announcement Media Event by D'Anise Marie

Guest:  Linda Pinizzotto, COA Founder and President 
             Condo Owners Association COA Ontario 

#COAontario and #COAtoronto urges #AirBnB to respect June 1 deadline

“We are deeply concerned that AirBnB and transient rentals in general are not regulated or legislated and believe that without any degree of this form of protection, the safety and security within condominiums may be compromised. Condominiums are personal residences and not hotels, the turnover rate involved with transient rentals affects the operations, operational expenses and value of condominium corporations. The added wear and tear on common elements is a deep concern, contribution levels on reserve funds may not be adequate. We stand behind strong, healthy condominium communities and look forward to proper implementation of regulation and legislation on all aspect to protect Condo Owners.”


As a Condo Owner if you are concerned about ghost hotels, disruptive short-term rentals or the loss of affordable housing stock in your neighbourhood?   Please become a supporter of our campaign.
If you have a story to share, we would sincerely like to hear from you

Air Bnb on That Channel

That Channel is a wonderful forum supporting free speech.  A way to reinvent media since 2004 and featuring Internet Television & Video Productions

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER    @COAontario   @COAtoronto


Volunteers Needed


Volunteers Needed

Volunteer  Opportunities
Communications and Marketing
Graphics and Design
Human Resources
IT - Information Technology
Marketing and Advertising
Politics and Government Relations
Project Management


How to register to Volunteer?

  • Email completed signed form :   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • COA will contact you within 72 hours once they have reviewed your application. 
  • Note: Some rules apply relating to volunteers qualifications and acceptance.
  • Thank you for volunteering to help COA. 



Volunteer as an Intern with COA 

Excellent opportunity for our Youth and Young Adults to connect with each other and learn about Home Ownership.  The Condo Market is exciting and interesting.

Our founder, Linda Pinizzotto created the Association with a vision for an Internship program to give our young adults and students a hands-on approach to gain life experiences towards an invaluable and rewarding future of understanding value and home ownership.

Why apply to the COA Internship Program

  1. Jump start your future career as a Young Adult in you City
  2. Network and connect with valuable professional business contacts
  3. Receive coaching, leadership and mentorship from experts
  4. Helps to develop your Career in various  areas of business
  5. Interact with our 3 Levels of Government
  6. This is a volunteer Internship Program

How to Volunteer

  1. Complete:  Student Volunteer Form  
  2. Print and Sign Volunteer Form
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Internship Opportunities
Communications and Marketing
Graphics and Design
Human Resources
IT - Information Technology
Marketing and Advertising
Politics and Government Relations
Project Management




General Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC)
Practice and Disinfection Guidance for Commercial or Residential Buildings



Landlords, Condo Boards urged to adopt new health and safety measures to protect residents from COVID-19

27-Mar-2020The City of Toronto is urging Landlords and Condo Boards to adopt new health and safety measures to protect residents from COVID-19. Large residential buildings with a high number of units require new practices and a rigorous cleaning routine to prevent viral spread.

Building operators and staff should follow these guidelines to protect residents in vertical communities:

• Alcohol-based hand sanitizer or a hand washing station with soap and water should be placed at all building entrances.
• Alcohol-based hand sanitizer should be available in all common areas that remain open, such as laundry rooms.
• Close non-essential common areas such as bathrooms, gyms, playrooms, playgrounds and other high traffic areas.
• Routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces in common areas, including doorknobs, elevator buttons, light switches, toilet handles, counters, hand rails, touch screen surfaces and keypads, with common household cleaners and disinfectants.
• Organize the building to accept deliveries of essential goods, like medications, for residents to avoid non-essential trips outside.
• Post signage limiting the number of residents allowed in common areas, including laundry rooms and elevators, to ensure that individuals are able to maintain a two-metre distance. Consider allowing a maximum of three residents at a time in elevators.
• When showing units or suites for sale or lease, practice physical distancing - keep a safe distance of two metres from the resident and wash hands with soap
and water, and or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, before and after the visit.

Additional information regarding General Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Guidance for Commercial or Residential Buildings can be found here:

The City’s website is updated daily with the latest health advice and information about City services, social supports, and economic recovery measures. Check for answers to common questions before contacting the Toronto Public Health COVID-19 Hotline or 311.


"Making sure people are practicing physical distancing within vertical communities presents a unique challenge. That's why it's imperative that Landlords and Condo Boards move forward with rigorous health and safety measures now to protect residents from COVID-19. Thank you to those who have already taken action. We are sending out these guidelines today to make sure everyone in these communities knows what they need to do to stop the spread of COVID-19."
- Mayor John Tory 

“It is impossible for renters to adopt life-saving hygiene and social distancing practices if hand sanitizer isn’t accessible and elevators and common areas are crowded. That’s why the City of Toronto is asking landlords to protect their tenants’ health by immediately implementing a COVID-19 action plan in their building.”
- Councillor Josh Matlow, Toronto-St. Paul’s (Ward 12)

"The City is requesting that large residential buildings practice rigorous sanitization and physical distancing practices. It’s essential that landlords implement these common-sense measures to protect their tenants during this difficult time.”
- Councillor Paula Fletcher, Toronto-Danforth (Ward 14)

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Discounts and Savings

  1. COA offers special savings and benefits

See these links for our Guide

  1. Condo Owners Guide 
  2. Condo Services Guide
  3. Email COA  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

New Discount on Vitamix Products

The COA is pleased to announce a "New 15% Savings plus free delivery for Condo Owners"
  1. Simply Email the COA This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  2. COA will provide the discount Code to you with our Compliments

Condo Owners Association COA partners with Skyrise Living


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