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Hit the Road

It’s mid-summer with the grass burning as we experience another drought, so what’s the rush in reminding the Board it needs to be making paving decisions, now? The reason of course

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Condominium Pets vs. The CAT

June 2022 Teno v. Essex C.C. No. 28, 2022 ONCAT 43 Introduction May 2022 was a busy month in the Condominium Authority Tribunal (“CAT”). As our readers will know, the

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Elections Outreach Newsflash

As you may know, a provincial election will be held in Ontario on June 2, 2022. CCI-GRC recognizes that its members may have an interest in the positions and views that

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Winter Window Condensation

Around this time of year, many condominium owners, directors, and managers ask us: why are my windows dripping with water? Condensation is a common issue for older condominium windows and

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Tech Savvy Condos

What do you think about when you think technology? Most likely your thoughts immediately go to smartphones or computers. But do your thoughts ever travel to Condominium Living? Well they should – just imagine the possibilities

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The Challenge of Aging Buildings

The Surfside collapse and the resulting loss of life is tragic. In addition to dealing with the far-reaching impact of that collapse, many occupants, owners, and managers of most buildings are now asking whether something similar could happen to their building.

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Surviving the Cold – Winter Construction: EIFS

It’s that time of year again, the days are shorter, the temperature is cooler, and construction season is finally over. Wait a minute – contractors are still working? There’s no way they should be installing EIFS in this cold, right?

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Why Integrity Matters More in the Age of a Pandemic

Like anyone, Property Managers make mistakes. Owning it and making amends for it is more important in these strange and challenging times than ever before. In a time where information seems to be constantly changing and sometimes contradicting itself…

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Decisions from the CAT: Policies Are Not Rules

Boodram v. Peel Standard Condominium Corporation No. 843, 2021 ONCAT 31
Introduction: In Boodram v. Peel Standard Condominium Corporation No. 843, the Condominium Authority Tribunal (the “CAT”) discussed the difference between: (1) ‘rules,’ and (2) ‘policies’ in the enforcement context.

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Compliance at the CAT

The Condominium Authority Tribunal’s jurisdiction includes new types of disputes. This article discusses the new types of disputes, examples of disputes, jurisdictional issues, and more legislative changes to come.

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Condo Memoirs

Condo Memoirs gives members a chance to anonymously share their most unbelievable stories. Read on for a glimpse into the adventures of condominium living.

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Pesky Questions about Pests from the Auditor

Oops… I forgot to tell the auditor that we had a killer bee invasion at the condominium corporation in 2020 which drove up our pest control costs. Luckily, there were no lawsuits or injuries from the attack of the killer bees and the situation was dealt with quickly.

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Condo Scam

The Covid 19 pandemic has led to diminished involvement by condominium directors in the financial affairs of their condos and sometimes eliminated it entirely. Boards have the primary responsibility for their company’s financial affairs. Management companies are their agents. That needs to be reflected in the financial control systems.

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Condominium Warranty Coverage: Uncovered

Understanding Performance Audit Common Element Warranty – No building is perfect, and construction is definitely not perfect. You are protected by a warranty when you move into a new condominium. Understand the process to protect your real estate asset.

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Finding the Right Property Manager

Property managers offer invaluable expertise to condominium boards on a wide range of matters, from holding proper meetings to navigating sensitive owner disputes. Given this important role, it is important to make sure that your condominium’s property manager is educated, efficient, and the right fit for your condominium community.

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When You Need to Say No

It is well known that Property Managers go above and beyond to help clients and tenants. Property Managers have a unique and important role, and many of their unseen duties are hardly ever reflected in their job description. So why is saying no hard, and why is it so important?

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Annual General Meetings

Before the pandemic, Annual General Meetings were typically held in-person. With restrictions on gatherings, the industry was required to find a new way to have AGM meetings… the
solution was virtual!

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Update from the CAT: Condos Cannot Harass Unit Owners

February 2021, Rahman v. Peel Standard Condominium Corporation No. 779, 2021 ONCAT 13
While allegations of harassment are not uncommon in the condominium world, the Condominium Authority Tribunal (the “CAT”) has generally refrained from determining that condominiums have harassed unit owners until now.

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How’s Your Hardscaping?

Hardscape surfaces, including asphalt and concrete pavements of parking lots, roadways, driveways, and sidewalks, are often the first visible component of a property seen by condominium owners and their visitors. Asphalt and concrete deterioration are not only visually unpleasant; they also pose a significant slip, trip, fall, and driving hazard.

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Education Committee Spotlight

The Education Committee is committed to offering timely, informative, and practical information for condo owners and Board members, as well as managers and other industry professionals. To this end, the committee has a full calendar of offerings this year.

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Etiquette for Video Calls

Now that we have the basics of logging onto a video call down to a science, it’s time to address the elephant in the room. There is some etiquette we should all adhere to when signing onto a virtual meeting.

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The Ants Come Marching In

Spring is a greatly anticipated time around condominiums: landscape work is starting, outdoor clean-up from the winter is underway, and we are all happy to finally be outside. But so are some unwelcome guests. This article will help you prepare for the inevitable awakening of ants at your property.

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6 Must-Read Conflict Resolution Books

No matter how much I anticipate or prepare for conflict, I find it difficult to maintain a calm composure. I perform worse than normal simply because I am feeding off my clients’ emotions and don’t want to disappoint them.

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Vented Townhouse Attics: A Basic Guide

Attics: the last frontier. This unexplored area of the house tends to go about unnoticed by most homeowners. Generally hidden, attics can largely impact the roof and living space below, with hidden problems causing discomfort and costing you money.

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Condo Manager Burnout

Some board members are concerned that Condo Managers are now working from home. So are some Condo Managers. It adds stress to an already difficult job.

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Why Do You Still Use Cheques?

Why are you still using cheques? It cannot be because they are expensive, or a hassle to get two board members to sign. It cannot be because your vendors enjoy chasing you down and maybe even intercepting you before it hits the postal box.

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Top 10 Condo Building Problems

Workmanship, Quality Control & Water… Probably because I have inspected thousands of condo buildings and their units for construction defects and other issues, I am often asked by both prospective condo buyers and property managers to name the most common problems found in new condo developments.

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Financial Statements – What Are Our Options?

The financial statements of your condominium corporation are an important tool. While most condominium corporations are required to have an audit completed, some smaller corporations can waive this requirement… are there other types of financial statements available?

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New Licensee Designations for Condo Managers

Condo property managers must be licensed by the Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario in accordance with the Condominium Management Services Act, 2015 (the “CMSA”) in order to provide condo management services.

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Stay Home, Stay Safe and Mediation Online

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to the closure of many condominium amenities. Beyond condominium communities, a series of other venues have been closed for over half a year now, to limit unnecessary in-person gatherings and to keep people safe at home.

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Controlling Excessive Condensation on Windows

The beautiful months of winter are upon us! Just because we’ll all be inside for a few months doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be able to look out our windows though! Yes, it’s time to talk about ways of controlling excessive condensation on windows.

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Communicating in the Digital Age: Condo Edition

Effective communication is vital for the success of any organization, including condominiums. The Digital Age has changed the way people communicate. Even those reluctant to change have been forced to do so to some extent by the pandemic. Condominiums must adapt to the changing times.

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Autumn, the Season for Preventive Maintenance

From snow storms to freezing rain and cold temperatures, the winter season can create a number of problems for your building. Being prepared can help you get through the season with as little damage to your property and equipment and reduce the possibility of huge insurance claims and unanticipated expenses.

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Condominiums and Taxes

Can income from interest and rentals jeopardize your condominium’s non-taxable status? This article will help you to understand which income sources may attract income tax as well as how to determine if your corporation should register for Harmonized Sales Tax.

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The Ignored Asset – Your Roof

One of the largest capital expenses in the Reserve Fund Study for condominium corporations is the inevitable replacement of the roof system. Shingle roofs (sloped) or flat roofs (low-slope) eventually require replacement, and the timeline for this process varies greatly between properties.

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Electricity Providers’ Requirement for a Security Deposit

When a condominium is presented with the requirement from an electricity distributor (ex. local municipal hydro corporation) to pay a security deposit, the Conditions of Service of the electricity distributor should be reviewed to ensure the request complies with the Ontario Energy Board Distribution System Code.

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TARION – Reinstatement of Timelines

Tarion announced the reinstatement of timelines on July 6, 2020. Tarion processes and timelines were suspended on March 16, 2020 under Ontario’s Emergency Order. We understood that all performance audit deadlines and builder repair periods were “on-hold” until the emergency order was lifted. We have been “on-hold” for 16 weeks

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Are You Paying For Your Neighbour’s Utilities?

Does your Condo Corporation have a Utility Management System in place to ensure that you are paying only for your own consumption of water, electricity, heating and cooling? A fair monitoring and billing platform can be achieved through the sub-metering of utilities.

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Elevator Ups & Downs

There are certain factors that should be considered when preparing for planned and unplanned elevator down-time. On-site time for elevator installation crews ranges from about two weeks for an accessibility lift, to four weeks for a hydraulic elevator, and six weeks for a traction elevator.

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Security: Keeping Up With The Times

Most people would agree that for the majority of us, advances in technology have significantly improved our daily lives. The use of the internet in particular has allowed us to get tasks done faster and more efficiently without having to leave the comfort of our homes.

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Thoughts About Racism in Condominiums

Experts far and wide tell us that racism is rife in our society, both on the systemic and individual levels. The injunction they deliver is to ask, and reflect upon, ourselves, our conduct: Are we clean and pure, or could our conduct and attitudes be sometimes tainted?

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Waste Management Considerations During COVID-19

When people think of garbage, they generally associate it with smelly, dirty items that they cannot wait to get rid of – either throwing them down the chute or tossing into a dumpster. With COVID-19 and its implications, it now becomes smelly, dirty, AND a potentially scary daily task.

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Condo Q & A: Changes at the Tribunal and Tarion

Will the Condominium Authority Tribunal of Ontario broaden the type of disputes it hears?

Tarion now requires an information sheet be provided with pre-construction condominium purchase agreements – what is this new information sheet and why do we have it?

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Condos and COVID-19 – Government Assistance Programs

Over the last several weeks, the Federal government has made several announcements regarding financial assistance programs that have been made available to corporations and individuals. You are probably wondering whether your condominium corporation is eligible for any of these. The answer is – maybe.

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Building Security and COVID-19

Maintenance and repair services necessary to manage the safety and security of properties and buildings have been deemed essential services and are still available during COVID-19.

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COVID-19 & Condos

As COVID-19 continues to take its toll, what does this mean for condominiums as monthly common element fees continue to become due? Are the lien procedures in the Condominium Act, 1998 (the “Act”) still viable?

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Changes to Condo Hydro Rebates

The Ontario Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines recently announced the introduction of the new Ontario Electricity Rebate (OER) effective November 1, 2019. Learn how your condominium and/or small business may be affected by this change.

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Free Water Audits Produce Savings

Results are in for the City of Guelph’s Multi-Residential Water Audit Program (MRWA), a program that provides water audits for multi-residential buildings to help identify opportunities for saving water and money, and it comes with both good and bad news.

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Election Time is Here! What Should You Expect?

During the election period, candidates have certain rights under the Canada Elections Act and the Condominium Act, 1998. There are several items which apply to condominiums. This blog contains what you should expect during this election season! This content was originally shared by CCI-Toronto.

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Window Replacement: Getting it Right

As a condo owner, replacing windows can be a significant investment in your building. Window replacement can be expensive and disruptive, but can improve occupant comfort, building aesthetics, and maintain the value of your property. Ensure a successful project and avoid common pitfalls!

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Our New Blog is Here!

Are you interested in contributing to our new blog? We’re looking for blogs that are focused on the condo lifestyle and/or condo-related education for our members!

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