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Spring 2021 Issue
A look at our condominium communities and how the pandemic has changed how we manage condominiums post-COVID. What will the condos of the future look like given the world today and how will we manage this 'new normal'?

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Improving Your Reserve Fund Study

Your Condo: Reserve Funds

Your Condo || Mitchell Gerskup

Does your condominium have a proper plan in place for reserve fund expenses? Condominium boards are often unaware that the planning you do above and beyond your reserve fund study will save time and money. 


Let’s Get Digital and Build Happier, Healthier Condo Communities

Your Condo: Technology

Your Condo || Phillip Livingston

Communication has always been important for condo communities, but it’s even more essential now. If you are reopening your gym to residents, how will you ensure they are up-to-date on the latest rules or policies? How will you ensure overcrowding doesn’t occur? Using a safe and accessible form of digital communication, boards and property managers can safely reopen gyms and other facilities and allow residents to run, lift, and sweat again.


The Future of Board Meetings

Your Condo: Meetings

Your Condo || Noah Maislin and Marko Lindhe

Virtual meetings have gone from a begrudged necessity to a comfortable new norm. With many of the technical difficulties associated with virtual meetings ironed out over the last year, condominium corporations are now finding that their processes can carry on as normal despite the limitations on gathering in-person.


The Future of Condo AGM Meetings

Your Condo: Meetings

Your Condo || Denise Lash

The pandemic has forced all of us to make dramatic changes in our personal and professional lives, and condominium corporations are no exception. Board members, managers and unit owners have been forced to fundamentally change how they go about conducting business in their communities – holding meetings in person is no longer feasible, nor is expecting owners to cast their vote in person.


Overcoming Chargeback Hazards

Your Condo: Caselaw

Your Condo || J. Robert Gardiner

Chargeback claims against a unit owner often turn into a dispute unless clearly documented evidence and adherence to a set of chargeback procedures can convince the owner that the corporation’s claim is valid. Two recent cases highlight the need to take care.


Insurance Risk Management

Your Condo: Insurance

Your Condo || Teresa Girardin, RCM

With ever-rising insurance premiums on Condominium Corporation’s in Ontario, the best thing that Condominium Corporations can do is manage the risk. To keep premiums low, active risk management shows insurance carriers that the corporation is doing everything they can to avoid the need to file an insurance claim. Keeping owners informed and asking them to participate in mitigating these risks can help minimize insurance claims for both the corporation and the owners themselves.


Demand for a Greener Tomorrow Invites Condo Managers to Invest in Efficient Smart Tech

Your Condo: Technology

Your Condo || Brad Pilgrim

As climate changes, a building’s wellness and control become increasingly top-of-mind for managers, and multi-residential buildings (condos, especially) offer an untapped opportunity to become a sustainability leader.


Building Envelope Retrofit Projects: Making Data-Driven Decisions to Reduce Energy Losses

Your Condo: Retrofit

Your Condo || Mansour Asrani and Susan Horne

Any project, including a building retrofit, benefits from having several key components: a measurable goal, an action plan, and a way to evaluate the results. Although these would appear to be simple enough, often retrofit projects lack the specificity and clarity needed for their success.


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.