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Property Management Services Deemed Essential

Property Management Services Deemed Essential

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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.

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Marina Abrosimov

Marina Abrosimov

As a corporate and commercial lawyer, I provide clients with a wide range of services, including assisting in acquisition and sale of businesses, commercial leasing, business formation and governance, as well as drafting and reviewing a variety of commercial contracts. In addition, I advise both franchisees and franchisors on franchise agreements and disclosure requirements. I graduated from the University of Toronto in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science (with high distinction), completing a research specialist program in psychology. I obtained my Juris Doctor degree from the University of Toronto in 2009 and was called to the Bar the following year. Prior to joining Mann Lawyers in 2019, I practiced as a corporate and commercial lawyer in a mid-size Ottawa law firm. I am a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association, and the County of Carleton Law Association. Born in Russia and raised in Israel and Canada,... Read More

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