Property Management

mental-health

Confronting workplace harassment in condos

At least one industry executive thinks more needs to be done to address the harassment he says condo managers commonly confront while working in condo communities.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
charging station

A blind spot in new EV charging station rules?

The new rules that will steer the installation of electric vehicle charging stations at Ontario condo properties starting next week may have a blind spot.
cogeneration

GTA-based condo building demos cogeneration

One GTA-based condo building won’t face the dilemma of when to switch over its HVAC system from heating to cooling this spring thanks to cogeneration.
pest control

Advances in pest control could help condos

Several recent advances in pest control could help condo managers combat the bed bugs, flies, others insects and rodents that can invade their properties.
master keys

Are your condo property’s master keys secure?

Two recent events in Toronto have called into question the security of master keys in condo buildings.