Toronto Condo News Magazine and Condo Resource Guide
Condo Living and Toronto … a symbiotic relationship – It is no coincidence condo living has become the primary form of housing as Toronto has grown in stature and size
Why Maintain the Condo Reserve Fund – The cost of failing to maintain a properly funded reserve fund
Avoid Blocked Kitchen Drains
Impact of the Information Age on Condo Living
Meeting Minutes Should Include …
Electric Vehicle Charging Solution for Condo Buildings
Imposing Fines in Condo Buildings
Condo Concerns Require Evidence
Condo Dog Population Explodes
Special Assessment Education
Condo Documents Affect ALL Residents
Climate Change and Condo Fees
Strategic Planning for Condo Boards
Less Parking, More Bikes
Key Fob Security
Toronto’s Single Election Issue (Ward Realignment) – Toronto Municipal Election 2018
Condominium Authority of Ontario Year One Report Card – We review their first year in operation and grade its performance
Internet, TV/Cable and Telephone Service – What features condo residents require in their internet, television/cable and telephone services and cost of competing services
Condo Lobby Furniture a Fire Risk
Fines for Improper Waste Separation
The Straight Poop on Dope – Come October, more people will be consuming and growing cannabis (marijuana) in condo buildings. Why this is happening, what choices must each community make and their impact.
Who Wants to be a Condo Director – Balancing the needs of a home and business is challenging. Good condo directors are hard to find.
Repayment Plans for Delinquent Condo Fees
Vacation Disasters – Empty homes may not have insurance coverage
Wish Recycling – The unspoken truth behind condo recycling programs
Smokers’ Rights and Condo Living – Compatibility of smokers’ rights and condo resident protections
Stages of Condominium Management – Experience vs. Cost
New Electric Vehicle Charging System Rules
No Proxies Required (Electronic Voting)
Your Condo in 2050 – Condo living may be quite different than today. We explore lifestyle enhancements currently available or being tested for large scale implementation.
When Nobody wants to Serve as a Condo Director – Communities with individuals willing to serve as directors are preferable. Those with nobody willing to serve can find the alternative disappointing.
Cost of Water Leaks – $120,000 per month down the drain!
Who to Vote for in 2018 – Primary condo issues to consider when casting your vote.
Your Condo Brand – Your most important condo asset. Quality brands sell or rent for more. Lesser brands command a discount.
Hire Contractors, not Friends – Employing contractors because of friendship increases the likelihood of poor work, lack of support and accidents.
Mould Killed my Cat – Mould is much more than just a nuisance
What to Look for in a Condominium Manager – Condo communities require more than just a Property Manager
Earn Extra Revenue for your Condo Corporation – It is easy to raise condo fees. Earning revenue is harder. It can also be the best approach to avoiding condo fee increases.
Condominium Authority of Ontario to Launch Public Registry – Goes live this month!
Fraud Lawsuit – Five Condos -The result of poorly managed condo elections?
Politicians Take Note – Condo Owners are Watching AND are a majority of Toronto Voters
The City Mayor Mel Lastman Built – Toronto’s History of Condos; A look back at how Toronto began its transition to a high-rise city of condos on the occasion of former Mayor Mel Lastman’s 85th birthday
Condos vs. Co-ops; Co-ops were once the dominant form of community living in Toronto. They continue to offer a practical option for those who desire the “condo” lifestyle.
Campaign for Transparency – Toronto’s poor example to Toronto Condo Corporations
Access to Condo Records
Condo Industry Organizations – Five organizations serving the Toronto Condo Community, their purpose and goals
Make Your Vote Count – 2018 Municipal/Provincial Elections – Ensure elected politicians support condo community concerns
Toronto Regulates Short-Term Condo Rentals
Captain Kirk Battles Condo Developer
Predictions for 2018 – A new year comes with many changes. Our top condo community priorities for 2018.
New Requirements Affecting Condo Communities – New rules imposed on condo boards by the Condo Authority of Ontario now in effect.
Friendly Rentals Program for Condo Buildings
Fiduciary Failure – Who Pays?
Shared Cost Dilemma; condo boards have discretion to decide if certain costs are shared, thus part of condo fees, or individual
Condominium Manager Licensing – Everything you need to know; new requirements, now in effect, likely to have far ranging implications for Toronto’s condo communities
Second Hand Smoke a First Class Problem
Is Your Elevator Working Properly
Condo Authority Tribunal; the tribunal is now operational. What can condo owners, directors and managers expect.
Hiring the Right Condo Corporation Lawyer; we offer a checklist of desirable criteria and considerations for identifying the right individual and obtaining the required skills.
Cost of Delayed Maintenance – Special Assessments of $40,000 to $80,000 per suite
Special Assessments or Reserve Fund
Condo Budget Surplus; Every condo corporation has them. How to best use them.
Reserve Fund Math, Special Assessments and Status Certificates; Liability and cost of an incorrect Status Certificate
Smoking Policy Reflecting Medical Marijuana
Special Assessment vs. Condo Loans
0% Condo Fee Increase; The cost of achieving a 0% condo fee increase for one condo corporation
Aging in Place; Condo living changes what is needed to help people live in their home
Are Gifts to Directors Bribes
Term Limits for Condo Directors
Investigation into Condo Board Elections; Condo election fraud is avoidable
What Lawyers want Condo Boards to Know; Not-so-secret tips for working with lawyers
Condo Management Lessons from Goodwill; How not to manage a non-profit condo corporation
Condo Smoking Wars; Understanding both perspectives
Feeding the Pigeons; Pigeons damage buildings and resident relations
Accessibility Requirements for Condo Buildings; Intended for safety, they make a condo more marketable and increase sales
Managing In-Suite Renovations; “When owning a condo, renovations require a different approach to avoid complications”
Special Assessment or Borrow for Needed Funds; Alternatives to special assessments
Condo Rent Controls; “The most likely impact will be on the election and composition of condo boards.”
Broken Elevators at Crisis Point; “A shortage of trained elevator technicians means that elevators are out of service for extended periods of time while waiting for what can be the simplest of repairs.”
Property Management Companies must Remain Competitive; “Property management firms are expected to handle everything that comes at them”
Reaching a State of Crisis – Could you handle a $30,000 Special Assessment
The Condo Tax is Here; “… condo owners will soon be required to pay a monthly tax so that the government can provide this better education.”
Spring Cleaning for Condominium Corporations; More than a general tidying up is needed to keep condo corporations running smoothly
Preventative Maintenance Checklist; Ten condo vendors team up to provide a comprehensive list
Reaching a State of Crisis – Could you handle a $30,000 Special Assessment
Condo Fees too low for 90% of Condo Corporations; Ontario has no rules to determine if condo fees are adequate
The Unreal World of Condo Living; ” … revolving door of directors making impractical promises is an ineffective way to manage”
The Danger of Free Legal Advice
Condo Corporation Management – Harder than it seems
Licensing Condominium Managers
How does YOUR Condo Budget Stack Up – Utilities can account for 40% of all expenditures
When Condo Disputes go Online– As use of online communications increase, problems may escalate
Transformation of Yonge Street – Condo living continues to transform Yonge St.
Niagara Falls’ Contribution to Condo Living – Niagara Falls’ electricity crucial to Toronto condo living