Operations

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.
Toronto

Energy retrofits announced for GTA residential buildings

The Canadian government has earmarked $5.75m in grants and loans to conduct “deep energy retrofits” within four multi-residential buildings in Toronto and Hamilton.
Envelope

Sealing building envelopes in new condos

Creating an envelope in a residential tower where balconies, windows and exterior walls come together in multiple layers is challenging and increases the likelihood that thermal bridges will form.
Alberta energy efficiency programs

Alberta energy efficiency programs in question

Ontario draws on the legacy of more than a dozen years of programming, while Energy Efficiency Alberta has had little time to capture public or capital planners' attention.
dislodge drug dealers

New rules could help dislodge drug dealers

Proposed amendments to Ontario's Cannabis Control Act would allow authorities to lock down and bar entry to residential dwellings in the course of laying charges
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?
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.
harassment protections

What about protections for managers and directors?

It’s not easy being a condo director or manager, as they are on the “front lines,” dealing with difficult owners and occupants.
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.
parcel delivery

How to handle an influx of packages

As the volume of online purchases grows, the need for an effective parcel delivery system is vital, especially for online shoppers living in condos.
safety compliance

Safety compliance for condo corporations

As employers, condo corporations can be prosecuted under the ‘general duty’ clause, even when complying with OHSA safety compliance regulations.
security

New security solutions target condo communities

Specialized analytics and network audio are addressing lax condominium security by combining video surveillance, communication and entry control.
flood

Flood recovery in four steps

There are four basic steps that those responsible for a property need to take to help manage disasters such as floods.
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.
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?