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Dec 18, 2009|News

Condo must pay for resident's ramp - Advocates for disabled celebrate ruling, critics say it sets bad precedent

In a ruling that could have costly implications for condominium boards across the province, Ontario's human rights tribunal has sided with a disabled man who wanted his neighbours to pay for a ramp up to his front door.

In this one, the city would find itself in the hot seat, defending its actions against a complaint brought by local residential and commercial developers.

Advocates for the disabled are celebrating the decision as a groundbreaking case. But legal experts in the condominium industry say it's a stunning reversal of previous rulings, setting a costly precedence that will make volunteer condo boards wary of similar requests.