Management

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
BoardMeeting

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
Elderly

The duty to accommodate disabled residents

Lessons from a Human Rights Tribunal decision focusing on a residential property's obligations to disabled residents.
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TSSA gives residents fuel safety tips

The province’s fuels-safety regulator is advising residents and property managers of important fuel-related safety tips as they work to recover from devasting flooding.
Ontario Fire Code

Ontario Fire Code to add steeper fine bracket

More stringent fines and an extended period for prosecutions are slated to come into force 30 days after the Ontario legislature adopts the Budget Measures Act.
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?
TechBoom

Toronto’s tech-boom attracting Millennials, creating condo trends

Toronto’s “tech boom” will fuel the city’s condo market in 2019 (and beyond). This is according to a Condo Chick report which cites the city’s
new home warranty

Manitoba sticks to optional new home warranty

After first postponing the date the legacy legislation from its predecessor would come into force, the provincial government now plans to repeal the New Home Warranty Act.
communication planning

Communication planning for condo notice boards

Whether messages are intended for elevator screens or elsewhere, careful communication planning is key in a condo community.