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This question is raised more often these days by building owners and property managers when their building is visited by fire inspectors. Understanding your responsibility for fire safety and taking steps to mitigate risk is important.
Starting a property management company is no small feat. It takes courage, strength, energy and, most of all, creativity. We opened Whitehill Residential with all the best intentions – to take what we have learned from working in the industry over many years to create a business of “best practices.”
I have been involved with condominiums since 1973 as a condominium owner and served as a board member on three different condominium corporations where I have lived over the years. I began taking courses to provide insight into complex realities of the then “new” condominium living and the necessity of becoming involved in the community. I started a condominium property management firm in late 1979.
People are concerned about the environment and there are many “green” government initiatives that are intended to help “save our environment”. People also want to save money. Going green and lowering utility costs is a way to do it and lowering costs also improves affordability and market value.
Eighty dead, another seventy injured, and over three hundred people homeless. Many say that the Grenfell Tower apartment fire in London, England was a disaster just waiting to happen. One must wonder, “Could such a fire happen here in Ontario?”
Patterson v. York Condominium Corporation No. 70, 2018 ONSC 3735
Managers are likely familiar with the horror stories of condominium corporations being defrauded and, unfortunately, some of you may have experienced this first-hand. But, my guess is that the vast majority of you have only seen a limited number of examples of fraud, if any. With the enactment of the Condominium Management Services Act, it appears that there is more legislated responsibility being placed upon property managers to be increasingly vigilant for potential improprieties.
Your Condo || Denise Lash, Danielle Swartz
The condominium industry has experienced its share of changes over the past few years, however, there is one more piece of legislation that the condominium industry needs to prepare itself for. As of July 1, 2018, the first wave of amendments to the Construction Lien Act (now called the Construct ion Act ) came into force , which will affect all condominium corporations where a person supplies services or materials to an “improvement” to the common elements of a condominium corporation.
The Guild Inn was a historic hotel located in the Guildwood village neighbourhood. The Guildwood Terrace, located at 3231 and 3233 Eglinton Ave. East, is a twin tower residential condominium which was built in 1990.
With summer just barely behind us, what’s the rush in reminding the board it needs to be making paving decisions, now? The reason of course is the board missed the fall deadline for the asphalt plant’s closing last November, and had distractions this spring not allowing early action this year.
So, what’s it like to be a manager in 2018 under a revised Condominium Act? This is the talk of 2018 for all managers, directors, residents of condominiums and many others in this industry.
While much of the attention in the condominium community over the past many months has been concentrated on the ongoing changes to the condominium legislation in Ontario, the courts continue to release decisions of significance. We will explore two of these recent cases in this article.
The Case: Lori Benedict v. Kemeys Cove Condominiums and Stillman Management Inc., 2013 NY Slip Op 32835
Your Condo || J. Robert Gardiner
A new regime affecting condo construction projects will arise as a result of modernizing amendments to the Construction Lien Act. Bill 142 (the Construction Lien Amendment Act) was enacted by the Ontario legislature on December 12, 2017.
As a condo manager, you’re well versed in managing costs within a diverse, operational framework – sometimes known as the bottom line – with the goal of providing a safe and thriving environment for tenants. Nothing gets by you. But did you know that there’s something in your condo that you can’t see, can’t smell, can’t taste – and only know it’s there when you fall unconscious or die?