Governance

condominiums

Addressing hidden damages in condominiums

Condo managers who understand a condo’s life stages, hidden damages, and inspections are more likely to develop effective reserve fund plans with logical budget allotments.
capital project

Considerations for deferring capital project work

The industry panel discussed what capital repairs and replacement costs could potentially be deferred by prolonging the life of various building components and what professional resources to seek for guidance.
embodied carbon

Reducing embodied carbon in capital projects

Condo owners now have the opportunity to understand the embodied carbon impacts of capital replacements work at their buildings.
common element

Access to units for common element work

What if access is required through a residential unit to perform common element maintenance or repairs to the building in general?
managers

Pushing for a workplace culture shift

Condo managers are familiar with hostile work environments, but cases of harassment and intimidation, and even violence, have reportedly increased due to a confluence of factors.
condo

Tailoring amenities to evolving demographics

The types of amenities that were once popular in condos have changed.
reserve funds

Overhauling reserve funds in Ontario

As the landscape of aging condos continues evolving, the need for adequate reserve funds to pay for these repairs assumes greater importance.
noise

A guide to understanding noise in condos

Resolving noise complaints requires an understanding of how sound moves through a building and the obligations of a condominium.
insurance

What’s next for condominium insurance?

Timely maintenance and improvements will play an important role in securing favourable coverage terms and avoiding delays in the renewal process.
continuing education

Continuing education for condo board directors

Even though the Condominium Authority of Ontario’s online mandatory training program provides a solid foundation, directors can never stop learning and continue to gain experience over their terms.
condos

The call for safer condos in Ontario

Conflicts and disputes within Ontario’s condo communities are fueling a conversation around safety reform and adding pressure to make residential buildings better places to live and work.
Bill 91

Bill 91: permission given but details missing

Condo corporations can thank the pandemic for the modernization of how meetings, voting and service of documents occur for communities in Ontario.
capital repair

Unintended consequences in capital repair planning

Capital repair planning in the condominium market is a crucial aspect of maintaining and improving aging buildings. However, it is essential to recognize that decisions made in this process can have unintended consequences.
minimum wage

The impact of minimum wage increases

This minimum wage increase is larger than most in recent history, second only to that imposed on January 1, 2018.
hybrid meetings

Giving hybrid meetings a second thought

If one primary meeting objective is to get enough votes without excluding owners who prefer in-person meetings, then hybrid is the way to go.
property crime

Mitigating the risk of property crime

While 2020 boasted the lowest property crime rate in more than 50 years, crime rates have not continued to sink since then.
condo

Condo managers breaking gender stereotypes

The underrepresentation of women is a prevailing narrative across the traditionally male-dominated building sector, but the world of condo management tells another story.