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Robert G. Doumani

Partner Admitted to the Ontario Bar: 1976

With over four decades of experience as a municipal lawyer, Bob has seen the full gamut of administrative law, municipal, residential rental housing and infrastructure matters. He possesses a tremendous ability to command a courtroom and is widely respected for his depth of experience and ability to achieve positive results for his clients. Bob thoroughly understands their needs and is responsive in meeting them.

Bob is a member of the firm's Municipal and Land Use Planning Group and the Infrastructure, Energy and Environmental teams. He practises administrative law, with an emphasis on municipal, planning, servicing and finance matters. He has acted for the public and private sectors in connection with source protection issues; municipal servicing and finance issues, including service provider liability, public/public and public/private sector ventures; development charge and property assessment matters; privatizations and residential housing issues, including new development, demolition and conversion of existing rental housing stock, infill and intensification; and the regulation of rental housing. His clients include a wide range of public and private sector entities, including municipalities, developers and apartment building owners.

Bob served as a member of the Executive Committee from 2002 to 2011. 

Awards & Recognition

  • Appears in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading lawyer in the area of Property Development
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada in the fields of Municipal Law and Real Estate Law

Professional Involvement

Professional Activities

  • Former Director, San Romanoway Revitalization Association
  • Former Vice-President, Landlord's Self-Help Centre
  • Past Chair, Municipal Law Section, Ontario Bar Association

Memberships

  • The Advocates' Society
  • Federation of Rental-Housing Providers of Ontario
  • Greater Toronto Apartment Association

Teaching Engagements

  • Former Sessional Instructor at Windsor University, Faculty of Law respecting Land Use Planning.
  • Former Part-time Instructor at Ryerson University in the School of Urban and Regional Planning respecting Planning Law.
  • Former Occasional Lecturer at McGill University in Landlord and Tenant Law, and in the Joint Common Law and Urban Planning Faculties Land-Use course.

Selected Speaking Engagements

Speaker, “Residential Tenancy Law Basics,” Ontario Bar Association Speakers Bureau Session - Landlord & Tenant Rights, May 16, 2017.

Co-speaker with Tom Halinski, Patrick Harrington and Vedran Simkic, “Caselaw Update 2017,” Federation of Rental-housing Providers of Ontario “A Diverse Review in Landlord Tenant Law” seminar, April 2017. Seminars held in Toronto (Robert Doumani – April 4 and 25, 2017), Kingston, Ottawa, London and Sudbury. 

Co-speaker with Tom Halinski and Patrick Harrington, “Caselaw Update 2016,” Federation of Rental-housing Providers of Ontario “A Diverse Review in Landlord Tenant Law” seminar, April 2016. Seminars held in Toronto (Robert Doumani – April 6 and 28, 2016), Cambridge, Ottawa, Thunder Bay and Chatham.

Co-speaker with Tom Halinski and Patrick Harrington, “Caselaw Update 2015,” Federation of Rental-housing Providers of Ontario "Unprecedented Awareness, A Closer Look at Landlord Tenant Law" seminar, April 2015. Seminars held in Ottawa (Robert Doumani – April 15, 2015), Kingston, Hamilton and Toronto (April 29, 2015).

Co-speaker with Tom Halinski and Patrick Harrington, “Caselaw Update 2014,” Federation of Rental-housing Providers of Ontario “A Closer Look at Landlord Tenant Law” seminar, April 2014.  Seminars held in Kingston (Robert Doumani – April 16, 2014), Ottawa, Toronto (Robert Doumani – April 24, 2014) and London.

Speaker, “Evidence at the Tribunal and Considerations of an Appeal to the Divisional Court,” Humber Paralegal Degree Program, March 14, 2013, March 13, 2014, March 9 and 12, 2015, March 4, 2016 and March 9, 2017.

Co-speaker with Tom Halinski and Patrick Harrington, “Caselaw Update 2013,” Federation of Rental-housing Providers of Ontario “Navigating Landlord Tenant Law in 2013” seminar, April and May 2013. Seminars held in Toronto (Robert Doumani – April 4 and 16, 2013), Kingston and Woodstock.

Speaker, “Land Development Barriers to New Rental Using,” Canadian Federation of Apartment Associations Rental Housing Conference 2013, June 13, 2013. Paper co-authored by Robert Doumani and Laura Dean.

Speaker, “Insight Land Development and Planning Law” (June 18, 2013) and “Financing Growth – How Far Can Development Charges Take Us?” (June 19, 2013), Insight seminar.

Moderator, "Land Availability and Pricing: How Can Rental Developers Compete with Condo Builders?" Canadian Apartment Investment Conference, September 15, 2010.

Speaker, "Contesting Development Charges: Appeals and Complaints." Paper prepared by John Mascarin. Also spoke on "Negotiating." Paper prepared by Robert Doumani. Municipal Finance Officers' Association Development Charges 101 Spring Seminar Series, May 6, 2010.

Co-speaker with Tom Halinski and Patrick Harrington, "Residential Tenancies Act, 2010 Introductory/Refresher Course," Federation of Rental-housing Providers of Ontario seminar, April and May 2010. Seminars held in Cambridge (Tom Halinski – April 22), Toronto (Robert Doumani – April 29) and Ottawa (Patrick Harrington – May 6).

Co-panellist, "The Economic & Practical Challenges of Infrastructure Development," University of Western Ontario Local Government Alumni Society Conference, November 6, 2009.

Speaker, "Economic Incentives to Attract Development - Knowledge is Power - Essential Information for Municipalities," Aird & Berlis LLP, Municipal Client Conference, September 18, 2009. Paper co-authored by Robert Doumani and Jody Johnson.

Speaker, "Pandemic Planning for Landlords," Federation of Rental-housing Providers of Ontario Webinar, September 17, 2009. Paper co-authored by Robert Doumani and Patrick Harrington.

Co-panellist, "The Regulatory Maelstrom: How to Navigate the Increasingly Difficult Municipal Landscape," Canadian Apartment Investment Conference, September 16, 2009.

Gave opening remarks at Aird & Berlis LLP/AMCTO Infrastructure Conference on June 3, 2009.

Speaker, "Economic Incentives for Downtown Revitalization," Strategy Institute Conference, June 3, 2009.

Co-speaker with Jody Johnson, "Economic Incentives in Tough Times," Ontario Small Urban Municipalities Conference and Trade Show, May 8, 2009.

Speaker, "Moving Forward - a Hub of Opportunity in Windsor-Essex," Windsor-Essex Hub'09 International Multimodal Conference, Windsor-Essex Development Commission, May 6, 2009.

Speaker, "Municipal Service Delivery Options," Ontario Water Works Association/Ontario Municipal Water Association Joint Annual Conference & Trade Show, May 4, 2009.

Co-speaker with Tom Halinski, "Caselaw Update 2009," Federation of Rental-housing Providers of Ontario seminar, "The New Residential Tenancies Act, A refresher course of the Implications for Rental Housing Providers," March and April 2009. Seminars held in Toronto (March 24), Barrie (April 7) and Hamilton (April 29).

Co-speaker with Lynda J. Townsend of Townsend, Rogers LLP, "Development Charges," 2009 OBA Institute Municipal Law Program, February 3, 2009.

Co-speaker with Tom Halinski, "Rent Discounts and Rent Abatement Applications," Landlord and Tenant Law in Ontario Seminar, February 26, 2008.

Speaker, "Rent Discounts" and "Caselaw Update 2007," Federation of Rental-housing Providers of Ontario seminar, "The New Residential Tenancies Act Refresher Course," Hamilton (October 25, 2007) and Toronto (October 30, 2007).

Moderator, "Mock Trial: Non-payment of Rent," Landlord's Self-Help Centre 2007 Annual General Meeting, October 22, 2007.

Co-panellist, "A Diamond In The Rough: Conversion to Co-ownership and Condos Maximizes the Attributes of Older Building Stock," Canadian Apartment Investment Conference, September 19, 2007.

Speaker, "Source Protection and Land Use Planning Under the Clean Water Act, 2006, Developers' Perspective," OBA/LSUC seminar, "Water, Water Everywhere: Ontario's Water Law and Policy Regime and the new Clean Water Act," June 12, 2007.

Speaker, "Tax Increment Financing," Aird & Berlis LLP, Municipal & Land Use Planning Group Client Conference on "Things You Need to Know," June 8, 2007.

Panellist, The Smart Sub-Metering Symposium, Stratacon Inc. on April 17, 2007.

Speaker, "Ontario Perspectives on Drifting Second-hand Smoke in Residential Buildings: Where We Are and Where We Could Go," Non-Smokers, Rights Association, National Forum on Drifting Second-hand Smoke in Multi-unit Dwellings seminar, on March 20, 2007. Paper co-authored by Robert Doumani and Patrick Harrington.

Co-speaker with Heather Waese of Spar Property Consultants Ltd., "The New Residential Tenancies Act Options for Rent Discounts," Federation of Rental-housing Providers of Ontario seminar on February 28, 2007.

Speaker, "Update on Proposed Bill 109 – The Residential Tenancies Act, 2006," Law Clerk Forum, 26 January 2007.

Chair and Co-Speaker with Tom Halinski, "Maintaining Rents: Defending Tenant Applications, Eligible Discounts and Utility Charges," Lorman Education Services, Landlord and Tenant, 25 January 2007. Paper co-authored by Robert Doumani, Tom Halinski and Patrick Harrington.

Speaker, "Innovative Design of Public and Private Sector Models for Water and Wastewater Projects – the Legislative Background in Ontario," The Canadian Institute, Infrastructure Development, Renewal & Financing: Meeting Canada's Infrastructure Challenge, February 13, 2007. Paper co-authored by Robert Doumani and Melissa Ghislanzoni.

Speaker, "What You Need to Know to Protect Your Business," Canadian Apartment Investment Conference, September 27, 2006. Paper co-written by Robert Doumani and Patrick Harrington and presented by Robert Doumani.

Co-speaker, "Residential Tenancies Redux - Bill 109, the Residential Tenancies Act 2006," Ontario Bar Association, October 16, 2006.

Co-speaker with Tom Halinski, "How to Preserve Your Rents," Federation of Rental-Housing Providers of Ontario 2006 Residential Tenancies Act Seminar Management Series. Seminars held in Ottawa (November 3), Kitchener (November 6) and Toronto (November 9). Paper co-authored by Robert Doumani and Tom Halinski in collaboration with Emma Sims of Cohen Highley LLP.

Speaker, "The Ontario Municipal Board: Its History & Jurisdiction," The Planning Act Conference, June 2006.

Speaker, "Alternative Financing Techniques for Water and Wastewater Treatment," The Canadian Institute Infrastructure Financing Development & Renewal in Canada seminar, February 24, 2006. Paper co-authored by Robert Doumani, John Mascarin and Matt Novak.

Co-author, "'Where's the Money?' 10-Minute Municipal Collections," Ontario Bar Association seminar, "Revenue Raising Under User, Licensing and Other Fees, Fees Under the Planning Act and Building Permit Fees," October 12, 2005. Paper co-written by Robert Doumani and Leo Longo, presented by Leo Longo.

Speaker, "New and Emerging Legislation and Issues, Innovative Financial Approaches: Property Tax Incentive Programs," Aird & Berlis LLP Municipal Client seminar, June 10, 2005.

AMCTO: Water and Wastewater Cost Recovery Training Sessions on April 13, 2005.

Speaker, "Property Tax Incentive Programs," Show Me The Money: Financing Urban Development, Ontario Bar Association seminar, October 20, 2004.

Speaker, "Best Practices in Preventing Liability & Minimizing Risk in the Public Sector," Federated Press seminar The Municipal Act, 2001 and Beyond: Enhancing Municipal Powers with Minimum Risk, October 12, 2004.

Speaker, "Top Ten Changes to the Development Charges Act, 1997 That Municipalities Should Consider Seeking," Development Charges Act workshop AMCTO 2004 Conference, June 15, 2004.

Co-speaker, "Municipalities and the Strong Communities (Planning Amendment) Act, 2003," LexisNexis seminar on the Greenbelt Protection Act, 2003, March 26, 2004.

Speaker, "Conversion in Demolition of Rental Housing - Recent Developments," The 2nd Annual Six-Minute Municipal Lawyer seminar, Law Society of Upper Canada, February 11, 2004.

Chair and speaker, "Landlord And Tenant Law In Ontario," Lorman Education Services Seminar, January 20, 2004.

Co-speaker with T. A. Fenton and M. McClean, "An Overview of Bill 195 (The Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002)," AMCTO: Water and Waste Water Seminar Series,  April and May 2003. Seminars held in Lindsay (April 15), Listowel (May 7) and Nepean (May 13).

Co-speaker, "How to Get the Most from Benefiting Property Owners: Priority Lien Status of Local Improvement Charges," Butterworths seminar, Municipal Enforcement Strategies, May 20, 2003.

Co-speaker with N. Kalogiannis and T. Halinski, "Surviving a Construction Project Under the Tenant Protection Act, 1997," Fair Rental Policy Organization of Ontario Renovation Seminar, April 22, 2003.

Speaker, "Condominium Conversions and Demolition of Rental Buildings: Toronto (City) v. Goldlist Properties Inc.," (58 O.R. (3d) 232), The Six Minute Municipal Lawyer, LSUC, February 5, 2003.

Co-speaker, "Current Jurisdictional Issues at the Ontario Municipal Board," OBA Administrative Law and Municipal Law seminar, November 13, 2002.

Speaker, "Municipal Act, 2001," AMCTO conference, June 17, 2002.

Co-speaker with Christopher J. Williams, "Municipal Act 2001 Fees and Charges," AMCTO/MFOA, Municipal Act, 2002 - Understanding the Specifics. Seminars held in May and June 2002, Thunder Bay, Sudbury, Toronto, Kingston and London.

Speaker, "Some Modest Suggestions on Eliminating Disincentives to the Private Sector Construction of New Rental Housing," Pragma Conference program, School of Planning, University of Waterloo, November 2000.

Speaker, "Development Charge Issues," AMCTO 2000 Conference, June 2000.

Co-speaker with T. Halinski, "Where does the Tribunal's jurisdiction end and the Court's jurisdiction begin?" LSUC program Residential Tenancies and the Tenant Protection Act: The first two years in review, June 2000.

Speaker, "The New Development Charges Act, 1997 - Has It Made Any Difference?" OBA Municipal Law Section program - It's All About Money: Land Development and the Dollar, January 2000.

Speaker, "Hydro De-Regulation: The Landlord's Perspective," FRPO Seminar, November 1999.

Co-speaker with T. Halinski, "Industrial Development in Rural Areas," OBA program Not Just Another Pretty Lake: Cottage and Rural Issues in Real Estate Conveyancing, October 1999.

Speaker, "The Opportunities for Infill Development in New Apartment Construction," Metropolitan Toronto Apartment Builders Association, New Apartment Construction seminar, September 1999.

Speaker, "Implementation of Bill 35 for Municipalities," AMCTO Workshop, June 1998.

Speaker, Development Charges Act, 1997, AMCTO Workshop, June 1998.

Speaker, "Rent Control Changes: How to Negotiate Rents and Avoid Rent Reductions," FRPO, Tenant Protection Act, Executive Seminar, February 1998.

Co-speaker with J. A. Matera, "An Overview of the New Development Charges Act, 1997," Conference of Ontario Small Urban Municipalities, May 1998.

Co-speaker with J. A. Matera, "The Changing Face of Development Charges in Ontario, April 1998," AMCTO Workshop.

Speaker, "Bill 163: Restrictions on Access to the Planning Process, the OMB and Substantive Relief," Canadian Institute, June 1995.

Speaker, "The Rent Control Act: A Lender's or Purchaser's Perspective," OBA Real Property Section seminar, November 1993.

Co-speaker, "Rent Control Act from a Lender's Perspective," Canadian Institute seminar, The Rent Control Act: One Year Later, September 1993.

Co-speaker, "Property-like Rights, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and Other Potential Constitutional Instruments and Conventions in New Frontiers in Housing," OBA, May 1991.

Co-speaker, "Appeal Procedures Under the Residential Rent Regulation Act, 1986," LSUC, 1988.

Co-speaker, "The Conversion of Unfurnished Apartment Suites to Furnished Suites," LSUC, 1988.

Speaker, "Landlord Appeals in Rent Review," LSUC, 1988.

Speaker, "Some Suggestions to Landlords About Avoiding Being Caught in the Vice of Ongoing Deliberate Neglect of Maintenance or Deterioration of Maintenance in Rent Review," LSUC, 1988.

Speaker, "Taking an Application Through the Process," Tenant Protection: One Stop Justice for Residential Tenancies? April 1988.

Speaker on appraisal issues under the Rent Regulation Act, 1986, Appraisal Institute, February 1988.

Speaker, "Maintenance Standards and the Maintenance Standards Board in Rent Control Legislation and the new Rental Housing Protection Act," Insight, November 1987.

Speaker, "A Legal Interpretation of the Residential Rent Regulation Act, 1986 in Ontario's New Rent Control Legislation," Insight, February 1987.

Speaker, "A Landlord's Rights and Obligations Under the Rental Housing Protection Act, 1986, in Residential Tenancies," CBAO (Young Lawyers' Division), January 1987.

Speaker, "Termination Without Fault, in Residential Tenancies," LSUC, September 1985.

Selected Publications

Co-author with Patricia A. Foran, Ontario Planning Legislation and Commentary, 2017 Edition, published by LexisNexis Canada. 

Co-author with Patricia A. Foran, Ontario Planning Legislation & Commentary, 2016 Edition, published by LexisNexis Canada.

Co-author with Patricia A. Foran, Ontario Planning Legislation & Commentary, 2013 Edition, published by LexisNexis Canada.

Author, “The Regulation of Private Sector Student Accommodation:  A Multi-Jurisdictional Survey of Issues and Responses” (2011) 5 D.M.P.L. (2d), September 2011, Issue 9.

Co-author with Tom Halinski, "Rent Deposits Revisited," Fair Exchange (a Federation of Rental-Housing Providers of Ontario publication), November/December 2010.

Co-author with Tom Halinski, "Rent Deposits Finally Clarified," Building Blocks (a GTAA publication), December 2010.

Co-author with Patricia A. Foran, Ontario Planning Legislation & Commentary, 2011 Edition, July 2010, published by LexisNexis Canada.

Co-author with Patricia A. Foran, Ontario Planning Legislation & Commentary, 2009/2010 Edition, published by LexisNexis Canada.

Co-author with Tom Halinski, "Unhappy Legal Results for Landlords," Canadian Apartment Magazine, January/February 2008.

Co-author with Tom Halinski, "Unhappy Results for Landlords on the Legal Front in 2007," Building Blocks (a GTAA publication), December 2007.

Quoted in Toronto Star article by Daryl-Lynn Carlson, "Beware legal renting pitfalls," December 15, 2007.

Quoted in Sault This Week article by Bob Mihell, "Timberlakes/Spruce Lakes closing arguments complete," November 7, 2007.

"Smoke in the Air," CondoBusiness, August 2007

"Conflict in the Air," Canadian Property Management, May/June 2007

Co-author with Michael Yakubowicz, "'Indirect tax' rules limit Toronto's new powers," The Land Economist, Summer 2007, Vol. 37, No. 2.

Co-author with Patricia A. Foran, Ontario Planning Act and Commentary, 2006/2007 Edition, published by LexisNexis Butterworths.

Co-author with Patrick Harrington, "Smart Meters – An Overview," Building Blocks, August 2006.

Co-author with Tom Halinski and Patrick Harrington, "Bill 109 – Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 Received Royal Assent," Building Blocks, August 2006.

Co-author with Tom Halinski, "Bill 109 – Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 – Analysis," Aird & Berlis LLP Municipal & Planning Law Newsletter, May 12, 2006.

Co-author with Michael Acedo, "Ontario's Tenant Protection Act applicability to illegal residential units: Broad intentions, broader interpretation …," GTAA News.

Co-author with John Mascarin and Matt Novak, "Alternative Financing Techniques for Water and Wastewater Treatment," Canadian Institute Infrastructure Financing Development & Renewal in Canada, February 24, 2006.

Co-author with Tom Halinski, "Ontario Rental Housing: 2004 in Review and a Look at the Future," Canadian Apartment Magazine, December/January 2005.

Co-author, Ontario Residential Tenancies' Law, a comprehensive annotation of Ontario's Tenant Protection Act, 1997, published by Carswell.

Author, "The Impact of the Vacancy Rate: Condominium Conversion at The Maples," Greater Toronto Apartment Association, April 1, 2004.

Author, Condominium Conversions and Demolition of Rental Buildings: Toronto (City) v. Goldlist Properties Inc. 58.

O.R. (3d) 232, February 5, 2003, LSUC, The Six Minute Municipal Lawyer, Osgoode Hall, Toronto.

Co-author with Robert W. Macaulay, Q.C., Ontario Land Development, Legislation and Practice, published by Carswell.

Author, Canadian Encyclopedic Digest (current), Title and Land Use Planning (Ontario).

Co-author with Robert W. Macaulay, Q.C., Ontario Lot Levies.

Co-author with N. Kalogiannis, "How Wrong Does the Board Have to Be? An Update," Current Jurisdictional Issues at the Ontario Municipal Board, November 13, 2002, OBA Administrative Law and Municipal Law, Judicial Review of OMB Decisions.

Co-author with Christopher J. Williams, Municipal Act, 2001 Fees and Charges, May and June 2002, AMCTO/MFOA.

Co-author with R. W. Macaulay, Ontario Lot Levies (Toronto: Carswell, 1995).

"The Rent Control Act: A Lender's or Purchaser's Perspective," address to the Real Property Section of the Ontario Bar Association - Ontario, November 1993.

Co-author with R. W. Macaulay, Ontario Land Development: Legislation and Practice, Toronto: Carswell, 1991 (looseleaf to update).

Co-author with J. M. Glenn, Property, "Planning and the Charter (1989)," 34 McGill L.J. 1036-1062.

Co-author with Prof. J. Mathews Glenn, "Property, Planning and the Charter (1989)," 34 McGill L.J. 1036.

Co-author with D. N. Thompson, "The Ontario Condominium Conversion Freeze: Preventing Tenants from Evicting Landlords (1988)," 14 Can. Bus., L.J. 442-476.

Author, "Tenant Protection: One Stop Justice for Residential Tenancies?" Taking an Application Through the Process, April 1988.

Education

  • LLM, Osgoode Hall Law School, 1988
  • LLB, McGill University, 1974
  • B.Com., McGill University, 1971