Recently, our firm’s litigation lawyer, Adaline Huang, assisted a client who experienced an incident of anti-Asian harassment.
Our client experienced harassment from a guest of a neighbouring condo unit, receiving death threats and acts of physical violence.
Condominium corporations have a positive statutory duty to ensure that the condominium is free from any type of violence and harassment, whether physical or verbal. Specifically, section 117 of the Condominium Act, 1998 (the “Act”) requires that no person shall permit any activity on the common elements of a condominium corporation that may cause an injury to an individual.
As a result of a complaint issued on behalf our client to the condominium board, the owner of the neighbouring unit was issued a letter of warning by the condominium for breaching stay at home orders from the Government of Ontario and inappropriate behaviour. Additionally, the tenant of the neighbouring unit has vacated the condominium.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we should be concerned for our health and safety as well as garnering an awareness in the dramatic rise of racially-motivated attacks against the Asian community.
Regardless of race, creed or class, no one should feel unsafe, especially at your place of residence.