Health & Safety

condo collapse

Could a Florida condo collapse happen in Ontario?

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.
repairs

Condos in precarious spot if small repairs sit idle

Should the corporation move forward with certain maintenance repairs if the issue has the potential to become exponentially worse?
burnout

Condo managers face pandemic burnout

I am a licensed condominium property manager, I am in my early 30s, and I am completely burned out.
New flat rates for Ontario elevators licenses

New fee model for Ontario elevator licenses

The flat license rate will penalize mid-rise and high-rise owners with extra costs if an elevator passes the periodic inspection and does not require a follow-up. It will be a bargain if just one follow-up inspection is required.
skills gap

Closing the condo manager skills gap

This pandemic has helped condo managers to identify relevant skill gaps in relation to being prepared for the unexpected.
condo management

Is remote condo management working?

Portfolio managers and supervising managers remain in the wilderness of the home office, strategizing, planning, and serving clients from the comfort of their home.
hybrid meetings

The ins and outs of hybrid meetings

In some respects, hybrid meetings may actually be more complex than an exclusively virtual meeting or an in-person meeting.
condo

Inside one condo board’s COVID-19 response

In February, before the WHO declared a global pandemic, talk among the condo board at Palace Pier was of various news reports piling in.
COVID-19 related investment announced in fall economic statement

COVID-19 related investment unveiled

The commercial real estate, facilities management and construction/retrofit sectors appear poised to capture a share of the spending announced in the Canadian government’s fall economic statement.
clauses force

Contractual clauses in a post-COVID-19 world

COVID-19 has also taught the importance of well-drafted comprehensive force majeure clauses and other standard contractual clauses, which should now be scrutinized more than ever.
pandemic rules

Should condos consider pandemic rules?

As areas of Ontario have reopened in the midst of an ongoing outbreak, condos may be asking if a specific set of rules is helpful.
condo market

On the move in the condo market

In the shadow of a possible second wave, realtors forge ahead with the new reality of buying and selling condos.
Condo communities

Condo communities build up resilience in 2020

With always evolving guidelines and pandemic uncertainty, building resilience in condo communities is more important than ever.
condo gym

Disinfecting a condo gym 101

To open or not to open. Most condo boards and managers are wondering how to safely reopen public spaces in their buildings, including shared gyms.
morale

Condos see ‘significant shift’ in operations

There is a significant shift in the way condo corporations are managing common elements, noisy neighbours and condo meetings.
condo amenities

Pest-free tips as condo amenities reopen

Pests are more active without the daily bustle of people moving around, leaving temporarily closed shared spaces vulnerable.
climate change

Are condos prepared for climate change?

While many condos haven’t yet experienced the major effects of climate change, statistics and case studies foreshadow the impacts that could come.