Condo Q&A

virtual meetings

How to run glitch-free virtual meetings?

Virtual meetings are one way condo corporations are balancing social distancing with the need to conduct ongoing business, but they aren't without technical glitches.
HVAC

HVAC systems and COVID-19: Q&A

There's prevailing uncertainty over potential exposure to the virus through building ventilation systems. How concerned should condo communities be?
smart tech

Smart tech energy upgrades to HVAC systems

Smart tech can help segment the exact needs and usage patterns of varying buildings and deem how best to provide comfort to residents.
Flood preparedness

Why are insurance costs rising?

Insurance costs for condo corporations have been rising. Some face sharp increases in premiums and deductibles; others are unable to renew their insurance.
standard unit bylaw

Why have a standard unit bylaw?

Those who have not passed a standard unit bylaw are placing a heavy burden on the corporation’s insurance to repair an insurable loss.
employer obligations

Employer obligations to staff during COVID-19 crisis

The obligations that condominium corporations have as employers are one of many concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
electric vehicles

Accommodating electric vehicles in your condo building

How electric vehicles are changing the built environment and why property managers should care.
luxury condo prices

Q&A: Budget-friendly condo renovations

Knowing where to focus condo restoration efforts (and how to save money in the process) can help balance the desire to stay modern with the need to stay on budget.
Condo repairs

Comment: The cost of experts

There is an adage that says, "The only thing more expensive than a professional is an amateur," and nowhere is this truer than in a condominium setting.
electronic voting

How electronic voting works in condos

Now that electronic voting is allowed in Ontario condos, how exactly does it work?
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?
antimicrobial

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.
women entrepreneurs

Junior condo managers subject to supervision

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

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