Management

waste management

Prevent pests with proper waste management

When evaluating the best waste management practices for your property, it’s important to keep pest control in mind. Apartment complexes offer everything pests need to survive: food, water, warmth and shelter.
Investment property

Investment property imperils preferred tax rate

The new rules capture the demographic of investors who own small low-rise residential or mixed-use commercial-residential buildings as a sideline to their main business ventures.
2017 investment returns

Capital growth nudges 2017 investment returns

Robust economies in Toronto and Vancouver, a continuing slump in Calgary, retailing challenges and sustained high demand for rental housing all play into an index-wide total return of 6.7 per cent.
marijuana

Landlords seek cannabis veto

With the Cannabis Act set to make recreational pot use legal throughout Canada, landlords are demanding the right to ban the divisive substance within their rental units before the law officially takes effect July 1.
Winnipeg

Apartment market trends and transactions

According to a recent market report from Avison Young, Canada's commercial real estate sector continues to possess varying, but largely healthy, property market fundamentals across the country's regions and asset classes.
Accessibility certification

Accessibility certification fills industry void

Much of the existing building stock falls short of the universal design ideal, but RHFAC can help owners/managers identify impediments to access and set priorities to address them.
digital technology

Renting in a fast-paced, digital world

The real estate industry has undergone significant changes in recent years. Not only have several new laws been introduced, but thanks to digital technology, the fundamental way in which real estate deals are done has also shifted dramatically.
apartment market

Rental supply shortages fuel demand

According to CMHC's 2017 Rental Market Survey, the average vacancy rate for purpose-built rental apartment units across Canada decreased from 3.7 per cent in October 2016 to 3.0 per cent in October 2017.
accessibility

Simple design choices support accessibility

Condominium boards and managers have been increasingly seeking advice on how to make accessibility improvements in older buildings.
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Q3 2017 apartment market highlights

Overall, the Canadian real estate industry continues to be performing well with the apartment sector holding strong, according to the 2018 Emerging Trends in Real Estate report, published by PwC Canada and the Urban Land Institute
divergent property tax regimes

Cities exhibit divergent property tax regimes

This annual look at the apportionment of the tax burden gives a more complete picture of the pressures on the commercial and multi-residential sectors than simply referencing property tax rates.
lighting design

Lighting design that illuminates condo security

Lighting design can make a big difference in the safety and security of a condominium.
Two_St_Thomas

Behind the scenes at Two St. Thomas

Rising in Toronto’s opulent Yorkville neighbourhood is Two St. Thomas, a joint venture between Bentall Kennedy and KingSett Capital. The $130-million 26-storey tower made of glass, stone, wood and copper is the picture of modern sophistication, as imagined by Hariri Pontarini Architects.
apartment

HVAC switch over snared by hot spell

Tensions boiled over last week at Toronto apartment buildings without air conditioning as temperatures soared into heat wave territory in late September.
building performance

Diagnosing building performance problems

Three case studies show how long-term data collected from a sensor can help find cost-effective solutions to building performance problems.
stranded asset potential

Climate risk raises stranded asset potential

Worldwide escalating tallies of damage from storms and drought-related phenomena are indisputably capturing the commercial real estate industry's attention.
elevators

Required upgrades to single-speed elevators lifted

The TSSA recently lifted the requirement to undertake certain upgrades to the controls of single-speed elevators, but it doesn’t mean building owners should abandon modernization.