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Fall 2020 Issue
People from all walks of life have chosen the condominium lifestyle. How do you manage an inclusive, cooperative environment that brings out the best in everyone? In this issue, we discuss the challenges and opportunities involved in managing a diverse community.

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10 Ways a Contractor Benefits from an Experienced Property Manager

Your Condo: Trades

Your Condo || Linda Duttmann

As a property manager, you are expected to be the jack-of-all-trades, and it is challenging navigating through so many different trades and disciplines in your buildings. The following practices are something that any contractor appreciate in the daily interactions we have with property managers.

Benchmarking to Identify Potential Energy and Water Savings

Your Condo: Technology

Your Condo || By Brian Byrnes

Energy benchmarking is one of the easiest ways to begin to manage your building’s operating costs. Having a sound understanding of how much your building consumes energy and water is an excellent way to identify opportunities for efficiency and recommissioning, as well as adopting a more strategic approach to managing
your building’s costs.

Is your Indoor Air Healthy?

Your Condo: Maintenance

Your Condo || By Melissa Kois

We are truly living in unprecedented times with the global spread of COVID-19. The health of your residents has become a top priority, and the importance of maintaining indoor air quality is something property managers and the board of directors must consider going forward.

Paving is Easy! (When You Plan)

Your Condo: Maintenance

Your Condo || Jeff Truman

Replacing your asphalt is likely one of the most substantial expenses a townhome or commercial condominium will experience, along with roof replacement. Projects of this size affect the corporation’s financial situation and must be included in reserve planning. Paving projects are disruptive and can negatively impact both the residents and site aesthetics if not done correctly.

Proper Planning and Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles in your Building

Your Condo: Technology

Your Condo || Adrian Abramovic

With the federal government’s national target of 10% EV market share by 2025, Ontario’s anticipated rise in the number of electric vehicles requires that both residential and commercial condominiums are prepared. That means ensuring that proper planning and infrastructure are in place to serve the current and future requirements of
their owner’s EV charging stations.

Uniting the Board of Directors

Your Condo: Management

Your Condo || Liron Daniels, RCM, and Kateryna Polek, RCM

The condominium industry is structured in a way where there is a constant rotation of new members governing the corporation. Due to the ebb and flow in governance, conflicts between personalities often arise, and these can hinder the effective operation of the property.

Future-Proofing Your Property: 3 Must-Haves for Modern Living

Your Condo: Technology

Your Condo || Steve Van Till

Professional property managers must navigate a new landscape. Residents will have concerns and demands that didn’t exist a year ago. As we look to the future, we know that properties must be three things: sanitized, secure and smart.

Let’s Talk Condensation!

Your Condo: Maintenance

Your Condo || Nathan EF Atkin

“I can’t see out of the windows!” is a familiar complaint managers and board members receive from angry residents because their windows are dripping with condensation. Water vapour drips down the glass and pools on the sill, paint peels, and the casement is damaged. On occasion, it may even cause the formation of the dreaded “M” word — mould!

Technology & Elevators

Your Condo: Technology

Your Condo || Ray Eleid

What if I told you that technology and digitization are also evolving into something as mundane as elevators? Would you be shocked, or would you see this as normal and expected?

Be Safe. Be Informed. Be Calm.

Your Condo: Health & Safety

Your Condo || Roger Tickner

The wrath of COVID-19 will continue to have a significant impact on many sectors of society – unlike any other health crisis before. It has left an indelible mark on our work, our state of mental and physical health while ushering in a new normalcy in our day-to-day lives.

Dawn of the Virtual Meeting

Your Condo: Meetings

Your Condo || Noah Maislin

Condominium life doesn’t get put on hold during a worldwide health crisis. If anything, clear communication and nimble decision-making become paramount when the global situation and business landscape can change hour by hour. Add to the mix the spring AGM season and the challenges may seem insurmountable.

Ask the Expert

Are board members qualified to approve insurance policies?

Your Condo || Sandy Fantino

From a qualification perspective, condominium board members are typically not licensed brokers, risk managers nor insurance professionals. They are people from varying backgrounds, bringing different views to the table. 

Restricting Short-Term Rentals

Local Planning Appeal Tribunal Upholds Toronto’s Bylaws

Your Condo || Jackie Bartlett and Daniel Litsos

Airbnb and other short-term rentals have been a hotly debated topic of discussion in Toronto and other major metropolitan cities, nearly since its inception in 2008. It is argued that the many conveniences offered by STRs, including their often reasonable prices and locations, have come at the expense of other residents in the City of Toronto, including those who reside nearby to STR units.

The Crisis in Condominium Insurance


Your Condo || James Davidson

The fundamental problem, I believe, is that condominium insurance just isn’t sufficiently profitable for the insurers. I think the reason is that the premiums are based on the risk of large claims (say, insured losses of $100,000 or more) … and in actual practice condominium corporations often have many smaller claims.

Can Enforcement Costs be Charged Back to Owners?

Case Law

Your Condo || Josh Milgrom and Sarah Morrey

It has been common practice in the condominium industry for a condominium corporation to chargeback these legal costs to the non-compliant owner; however, a recent case of the Superior Court of Justice has some in the Ontario condo industry taking the position that these chargebacks are no longer permissible, absent a court order.