Offices in Ottawa and Perth
(613) 722-1500

CONTACT US (613) 722-1500

Property Management Services Deemed Essential

Property Management Services Deemed Essential

By:

Posted April 2, 2020

On March 23, 2020, the Province of Ontario issued a list of essential workplaces that may stay open as of Wednesday, March 25, 2020. The list of essential workplaces can be found here. All non-essential workplaces were ordered to be closed as of March 24, 2020, at 11:59 pm, although they are not being precluded from providing work or services online, by telephone, or by mail or delivery.

Item 13 on the essential workplaces list deems property management services an essential service. This means that landlords and property managers may keep their property management offices open and are not required to have their staff work off-site, although measures should be put in place to safeguard the well being of their employees (the World Health Organization’s recommendations can be found here).  It is noteworthy, however, that being deemed an essential service does not mean that commercial landlords cannot choose to voluntarily close their offices or work remotely.

In addition, other businesses that provide support and maintenance services to commercial properties, such as plumbers; electricians; janitorial workers; cleaning services; security services; fire safety and sprinkler systems as well as building systems maintenance and repair technicians and engineers; and mechanics (such as elevator technicians, and heating, air-conditioning, and ventilation mechanics) are also deemed to provide an essential service and may continue to operate.

**UPDATE**

On April 3, 2020, the Province of Ontario issued an updated list of essential workplaces that can remain open. The list of essential workplaces can be found here. By 11:59 p.m. on April 4, 2020, all businesses that were not identified on the updated list were required to close their physical locations.

Property management services continue to be deemed an essential service. Specifically, item 20 on the updated list of essential workplaces includes: “Maintenance, repair and property management services strictly necessary to manage and maintain the safety, security, sanitation and essential operation of institutional, commercial, industrial and residential properties and buildings.”

As before, businesses that supply services to property managers, including maintenance, are also deemed essential.

This blog post was written by Marina Abrosimov, a member of the Business Law team.  Marina can be reached at 613-369-0363 or at marina.abrosimov@mannlawyers.com.

More Resources

Blog |
Family Law

By: 

Posted January 26, 2023

You have made the decision to separate from your partner. Now what? You have a house, a pension, maybe you have children, debts, and an[...]
Blog |
Environmental Law

By: 

Posted January 24, 2023

The Ontario government has moved ahead with changes to the Ontario Wetland Evaluation System in support of Bill 23, More Homes Built Faster Act, 2022. [...]
Blog |
Employment, Labour, and Human Rights

By: 

Posted January 17, 2023

While each of these cases could have its own blog post, we have decided to create a list of important cases for employers to be[...]
Blog |
Employment, Labour, and Human Rights

By: 

Posted January 10, 2023

Constructive Dismissal is an incredibly important protection for Ontario employees – one that is often used successfully to enforce employment rights. If you ask members[...]
Blog |
Estate Litigation, Wills, Trusts and Estates

By: 

Posted January 4, 2023

Executing powers of attorney is an important component of estate planning and allows individuals to decide who will manage their affairs should they become incapable[...]
Blog |
Estate Litigation, Wills, Trusts and Estates

By: 

Posted December 20, 2022

Acting as an estate trustee can be a burdensome task, and it can become particularly difficult in circumstances where beneficiaries cannot be so easily found[...]

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

"*" indicates required fields

Name*
Consent*
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.