If your upstairs neighbour wears concrete shoes or smokes constantly, changes to the Ontario Condominium Act now make these issues easier to resolve.
The act will prohibit condo residents from creating a "nuisance, annoyance, or disruption" or making "unreasonable" noise. Just what is deemed a nuisance or unreasonable is subjective. People living in condo buildings should typically expect that living in close proximity to neighbours means dealing with sounds and smells.
But the issues listed in the act include:
· Smoke and vapour (including cannabis or smoke that seep into units from doorways or balconies);
· Odours (cooking, perfume, candles or incense);
· Light (such as light entering a unit);
· Noise and vibrations (heavy footsteps, loud pets, loud music, shouting or operating tools)
"The hope is that this change will allow all parties involved, including owners, tenants, and condominium corporations to have disputes resolved more quickly, and in a less costly manner than going to court," writes .
Just how much the new rule change will impact tenants remains to be seen, but it could mean less noise for condo buildings in 2022.