Maintenance

common expense fees

Handling common expense fees during COVID-19

Over the course of the last few weeks, many condo corporations have been asking whether they can defer owners’ common expense fee (CEF) payments or
concrete repair

Steps for a solid concrete repair plan

When planning a concrete repair, develop a long-range master landscape plan that includes replacement trees that will have less impact over time.
zero waste

Invitation to join Zero Waste High Rise project

Toronto Environmental Alliance is currently accepting applications for condos to join its Zero Waste High Rise Project in the spring and summer of 2020.
COVID-19

COVID-19 and Condos

As the number of cases of COVID-19 increase across the country, Nancy Houle from Davidson Houle Allen discusses what this means for the condo industry.
electrical system

Manager’s guide to electrical system maintenance

To plan for electrical system maintenance, it's helpful to understand how power is delivered to and distributed around the building.
meeting minutes

Keeping a condo’s meeting minutes professional

If property manager are responsible for taking the meeting minutes, editing and formatting may take a back seat to other priorities.
electronic voting

Electronic voting still met with resistance

Opponents of electronic voting are scared it will expose the archaic and flawed system of proxy voting for what it is: unnecessary and obsolete.
condo communication

Tips for effective condo communication

Condo communication needs a fresh approach – something that gets people's attention, buy-in, and action to achieve and maintain a healthy condo corporation.
property management

Condos face crisis in property management

A looming crisis in property management is an urgent wake-up call to the condo industry.
M&E Engineering

Do you know the condition of your fan coil?

Fan Coil Units (FCUs) are a vital, yet often overlooked part of an apartment/condo complex. Nevertheless, they are directly responsible for the climate control within the apartment complex in the form of heating and cooling.
amenity space

Refreshing shared amenity spaces

In keeping with the idea of modernization roadblocks, renovations to amenity spaces can often require a permit depending on the type of work being done.
false fire alarm

The implications of false fire alarms in condos

For condo managers, a false fire alarm results in new issues. What happens when a fire alarm goes off at a condominium when no smoke or fire is present?
elevator repairs elevators

Maintaining and repairing condo elevators

It’s important to ensure users who rely on elevators to get around have access to this vertical transportation when needed.
gym facilities

Addressing common complaints for condo gyms

When it comes to condominium amenities, one of the first things residents expect is a well-equipped, spacious, well-maintained gym.
salt

Higher winter maintenance costs anticipated

Private property owners in Ontario, including condo corporations, could find themselves paying a premium to keep their walkways safe this winter.
#TorontoFlood

Takeaways from #TorontoFlood

At least one condo corporation is facing what is likely to be a steep repair tab after Toronto was drenched with a month’s worth of rain on Aug. 7.
technology

What technology can’t replace in communities

What is being left behind as technology becomes more a part of day-to-day living in a community? Should some things be done the “old-fashioned” way?