Governance

renovation

A director’s toolkit for renovation success

Given how much corporations are likely to invest in renovation projects, it’s important to set them up for success.
Condominium Authority of Ontario

The Condominium Authority of Ontario launches

In its first month, the Condominium Authority of Ontario (CAO) fielded 330 calls and 130 emails from condo directors, managers and owners.
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.
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.
mediation

Having uncomfortable conversations in condos

Directors, property managers and residents often hesitate when they first face the potential of having a hard conversation. How mediation concepts can help.
integrated security systems

Integrated security solutions add new layer

The intrusion detection system (IDS) is slowly being incorporated into integrated security solutions in condominiums.
noise complaints

Turning down the volume on noise complaints

Provincial authorities are preparing to introduce requirements relating to sound transmission due to deficiencies that could cut down on noise complaints.
cloud-based software

Cloud-based software on the rise in condos

In recent years there has been significant growth in the adoption of cloud-based software among tech-savvy condo communities and property managers.
condo rule

A condo rule against complaining?

A condo corporation was reported to have enacted a rule which, among other things, sought to limit the ability of residents to complain to the condominium.
condo auditors

What board directors should ask condo auditors

It’s important for board members to review the draft financial statements and know what questions to ask their condo auditor before giving their approval.
decisions about money

Condo corporation facing a special assessment?

Making tough financial decisions will never be easy, but making the right tough decisions gets easier if condo directors follow these five principles.
HST

HST misconception a sleeping giant

HST has been flying under the radar and could become a potentially significant liability for condo corporations.
drone

Drone use comes with flight risks for condos

A drone can capture data about the building structure as it scales the envelope, but consider too the images or video it could unintentionally capture.
dogs in condos

Much a-doo about dogs in condos

With the growing number of dogs in condos, DNA registration programs have become available that match unscooped waste to offending pooches.
odour complaints

Sniffing out culprits for odour complaints

Scents associated with cigarette smoke, cooking and the garbage chute are among the most common odours complaints received by building managers.
Reliable Elevators Act

Reliable Elevators Act passes second reading

If it becomes law, the Reliable Elevators Act would require maintenance contractors to restore out-of-service elevators within 14 days in most buildings.
medical marijuana

Can patients grow pot in their condo units?

A recent court decision may have opened the door to medical marijuana patients to grow a limited number of a marijuana plants in their condominium units.