2018 January

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  • 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
  • Condo Home Office
  • Condo Owner Meetings – Legal Requirements
  • Mandatory Condo Director Training
  • Fiduciary Failure – Who Pays?
  • Energy Conservation Policies Ineffective
  • Successful Condo Renovations
  • Condos are not Houses
  • Selling a Condo Building
  • Volunteering for your Condo Corporation
  • The Next Generation of Condo Dwellers
  • Grocery Buying for Condo Dwellers
  • So You Want to be a Condo Director
  • Should Condo Rules Mirror Local Laws
  • Underfunded Reserve Funds
  • Who Attends the Annual General Meeting
  • Human Nature

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