Management

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.
cannabis

Cannabis legalization calls for drug policies

How can companies adapt to the monumental change of cannabis legalization? The short answer is to implement a drug policy.
medical cannabis

Medical cannabis a prescription for uncertainty

Rental housing industry advocates have been urging the Canadian government to review and modify rules governing the cultivation of plants for personal medical use.
condo law

Fate of outstanding condo law reforms unknown

The fate of some of the recent changes Ontario’s condo laws remains unknown after the change in provincial government three months ago.
general operating bylaw

General operating bylaws due for update

Many corporations’ operating bylaws contain provisions that are either inoperative or inconsistent with the latest amendments to the Condominium Act.
director

When board directors have ‘skin in the game’

What happens when a prospective director has not only professional experience to offer, but professional experience in the condo industry?
construction site security

Site security comes under renewed scrutiny

Construction site security is under renewed scrutiny after a member of the public gained access to a downtown property and scaled a crane.
cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrency risks, blockchain potential

Could the recent sale of a Toronto condo for cryptocurrency be the first sign of a shift in the condo industry towards use of digital currencies?
#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.
office hours

Post-occupancy hitches prompt office hours

The frustrations of going through post-occupancy growing pains prompted one condo board to start hosting office hours for owners.
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?
records

Navigating a new process for requesting records

As of Nov. 1, 2017, there is a new process under the Condominium Act, as amended, for making and responding to records requests in condo corporations.
warranty coverage

Maximizing common element warranty coverage

An engineer offers tips for maximizing common element warranty coverage to get construction deficiencies resolved in new condo complexes.
cannabis

Recreational cannabis use to become legal this fall

Is it time for condo boards and property managers to brace for reefer madness? It may depend on which condo lawyer they ask.
furniture

Lounge furniture targeted as multi-res fire risk

Some condo lobbies may be looking spare lately because the lounge furniture that usually occupies these spaces is being targeted as a fire risk.
communication

Communicating in an era of information overload

Even the best communication technology may not be much help if the message condo corporations use it to deliver is weak or non-existent.
status certificate

Status certificates revisited in recent court ruling

A recent court decision sheds some more light on the effect of failing to disclose certain declaration violations in a status certificate.