Condo Q&A

Section 98

Can developers enter section 98 agreements?

The Condominium Act does not prohibit a developer from entering into a section 98 agreement with the condo while it still owns the units.
parking

Can boards curb uses of exclusive parking spaces?

Can condo corporations enforce parking rules in spaces that are not owned by the unit owner, but of which they have exclusive use?
remediation

How to remediate previously hoarded units

What cleaning and repair work is required to remediate a previously hoarded unit? An extreme-cleaning expert answers.
leaks

Uncovering undetected leaks on condo properties

Water bills may not be getting the attention they deserve in condo corporations if the bills are simply paid without a look at where the charges come from.
winter mat

How to maintain purchased winter mats

Purchased mats tend to be ideally suited to the moist winter conditions, but they need to be properly cleaned and cared for. Here's how.
condo manager

Junior condo managers subject to supervision

What will supervision requirements under mandatory licensing mean for junior condo managers in Ontario?
board meetings

Time-saving tips for better board meetings

How can boards run more efficient meetings? In the condominium world, meetings take place several times a year — often monthly, but sometimes more frequently
landscaping contracts

How to negotiate landscaping contracts

What should condominium corporations look for in landscaping contracts? Experience suggests the most successful relationships between condominium corporations and landscape contractors always involve two things:
condo director

Five things new condo directors need to know now

What do new condo directors need to know right away? Congratulations on getting elected to the condo board! Now the fun begins. For first-time directors,
condominium management

A certification for condominium management firms

What does it mean to be an ACMO 2000-certified condominium management company?
roof inspections

An overview of pre-winter roof inspections

Just like other parts of the building, the roof requires ongoing maintenance and preventative repairs. Studies have shown that a roof that has not been
constrained Toronto market

Housing affordability driving GTA condo market

What does the rise of detached home prices mean for the condo market? An expert explains how this trend is heating up competition in the high-rise segment.
parking garage maintenance

A roadmap for parking garage maintenance

Why doesn't parking garage maintenance occur as often as it should? These types of painting projects can be daunting — but they don’t have to be.
Condo_Landscaping

Five condo landscaping tips for limited spaces

Properties landlocked in the downtown core may have limited green space to work with. An expert offers condo landscaping tips for making the most of it.
property_manager

A checklist for hiring a property manager

Hiring a property manager to run a community's day-to-day operations is a critical decision. Here's a checklist of considerations condo boards should make.
steam

Evaluating carpet-cleaning equipment

With scores of manufacturers, machines and models, selecting carpet-cleaning equipment can be confusing. Debby Davis decodes key factors to consider.
Indoor Swimming Pool

Electrical safety tips for swimming pools

What are electrical safety tips for swimming pools, and how can problems be detected and avoided? Mark Marmer of Signature Electric explains.