Those seeking more affordable housing options are finding a cure-all in the condo market, which offers affordability, availability, amenities, and neighbourhood liveability.
Building failures of this horrific scope are seldom seen in North America. But it is important to examine what happened so we can learn and prevent similar collapses in the future.
A few Toronto-based condos authorized a “safety and security” committee, made up of owners, to research security concerns and solutions and advise the board of directors.
An increasing number of condos within the last two months have implemented mandatory vaccination policies, which apply to indoor common element amenity users and on-site employees.
Maintaining residents’ privacy is nothing new in condos, but optional vaccine policies are bringing more relevance to the issue of anonymity. .
If one board director considers another director problematic, despite an excellent board orientation, it is time to act.
As appealing as old buildings are, they do present some unique challenges for residents. Often, these aging developments hang on to old processes.
Nova Scotia’s new provincial government is signalling looming surcharges for residential property purchasers and owners who pay their income tax in other jurisdictions.
We should be asking our reserve fund planners to look at the Paris accord target dates and compare the end-of-life replacement of our gas-burning appliances against the target dates.
As the country moves to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles, questions are brewing among people living in multi-unit dwellings.
Bonflict of interest on the board of directors is a topic that often raises ire of many owners and prospective buyers.
Some Canadians who are dreaming of buying a home are considering their options as housing prices remain out of reach in many markets over the past year.
How would this scenario unfold in Ontario? Leaving aside the construction process itself, there are vast differences between Ontario and Florida condominium laws that would have given the Champlain towers significant added protections following registration.
Federal scrutiny of condo procurement should be sufficient reason for diligent condo boards to examine their procurement practices.
For condo buildings built in the 1980’s or 1990’s, there is likely a window project coming up in the reserve fund study.
In some condos, communication channels break down or don’t exist, causing unnecessary expenditures that corporations and owners must incur.
A growing number of multi-res high rises across Toronto have continued to reduce waste during the pandemic.