Management

environmental approvals

Friendlier CHP environmental approvals welcome

It's still unclear how the process of securing environmental approvals for combined heat and power systems will be streamlined, but the Ontario government's recent pledge has been greeted enthusiastically in the buildings sector.
short-term rental

Vancouver to rev up short-term rental reg goals

Vancouver plans to expand its partnership with strata corporations to crackdown on operators who don’t comply with short-term rental regulations.
CMRAO

CMRAO licenses managers to protect condo owners and residents

Individuals and businesses need a licence to provide condo management services in Ontario. The Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario (CMRAO) is the licensing authority that regulates Ontario’s rapidly growing condominium market.
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.
Condo board law

Preventing mismanaged finances on condo boards

Whether by corruption or incompetence, condo boards that mismanage their multi-million dollar budgets and reserve funds are a recurring problem.
Condo legal perspective

Special assessments in condos: a legal perspective

There are instances where unit owners may have recourse to insurance to cover their share of the special assessment. Ahead are a few examples.
Condo finances

Financial statements 101

Knowing where to look – and what to look for – makes reviewing your financial statements easier. It will also bring to light any areas that require a deeper dive to ensure the corporation stays in a favourable financial position.
Pet bans in condos

Condo pet bans: A legal perspective

Emotions are running high at two CityPlace buildings after the condominium corporation started enforcing a rule that prohibits any pets that were not registered with the corporation by a specified date.
condo budget approval

Condo fees and residents’ rights

Why is it that a select few people can decide what condo fees for the ensuing year will be? Why can’t owners have input into the new fees? These are both extremely good questions and perhaps a couple of the most commonly asked questions in the condo world.
Condo technology

Condo mediation 2.0: Upgrading the process

Participating in a condo mediation can often mean taking time off work or giving up an evening. And truly, the most challenging aspect of mediation
HAVAN board cooper

Keys to condo board success

Serving as a director can be a daunting task considering all the responsibilities involved in governing a condo corporation’s affairs, which can include making tough
money laundering

Real estate flies red flags of money laundering

Some of the signals of potential malfeasance in real estate transactions are not obvious or only appear ominous when they are part of a pattern of questionable conduct.
BedBugs

Giving bed bugs the boot

Bed bugs can be a nightmare for condo residents, managers, and guests alike and can wreak havoc on your property. Here's how to prevent or manage an infestation.
Birds

A proactive approach to bird control

Pest birds can quickly become a nuisance once they’ve turned your business into their next roosting and nesting site. Here's how to take your property back.
ServiceRequests

Managing condo service requests

Managing condo service requests is an integral part of a property manager’s job. Ahead are five best practices to ensure owners and residents receive the best service possible.
CondoEmergency

Preparing for common condo emergencies

Warmer months are a great time to reassess disaster readiness for “predictable” condo emergencies. The time to start preparing for these risks is always now
Reporting

Tips for effective monthly reporting

The management of a condominium corporation is a shared assignment between the property manager and the board. While some boards may be more active than