July 2018

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  • Wish Recycling – The unspoken truth behind condo recycling programs
  • Smokers’ Rights and Condo Living – Compatibility of smokers’ rights and condo resident protections
  • No Proxies Required (Electronic Voting)
  • When Condo Fees are not Paid
  • New Electric Vehicle Charging System Rules
  • Progress – The Solution to All Condo Problems
  • Keep the Air Moving
  • Stages of Condominium Management
  • Generational Conflict
  • CRTC can Suspend Internet Service for Condo Buildings
  • Berczy Park and Friends
  • Pet Policies
  • Neighbour Disputes Turn Nasty – Failure to maintain and enforce condo rules
  • Condo Fraud Schemes
  • How Millionaires get their Money
  • Nanny Suites
  • Saving the Environment at a Cost
  • Most Condo Fraud Never Reported
  • Calling the Tree Experts
  • Why we Need the Ontario Municipal Board

June 2018

  • 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.

May 2018

  • 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

2018 April

  • 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

2018 March

  • 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

2018 February

  • 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

2018 January

  • 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?

2017 December

  • 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

2017 November

  • 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

2017 October

  • 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

2017 September

  • 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

2017 August

  • 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

2017 July

  • 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

2017 June

  • 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

2017 May

  • 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

2017 April

  • 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

2017 March

  • Condo Corporation Management – Harder than it seems
  • Licensing Condominium Managers

2017 February

  • 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

2017 January

  • 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

2016 December

  • Medical Marijuana – Implications for Condo Dwellers
  • How to Reduce Condo Fees – Know where to look for big savings

2016 November

  • Your Rainy Day Fund – An inadequate reserve fund can mean a leaking roof, broken elevators and other nasty surprises.
  • Mental Illness Affects All Condo Residents – The actions of one can impact an entire condo community