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Condo Living

June 12, 2024 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Chris Day

Summer Activities In The Grand River Area

Summer is here! The flowers are in full bloom, birds are singing, and the streets are bustling with life. The Grand River area has so much to offer from the must-visit landmarks to relaxing spots where you can just unwind. CCI Grand River has compiled a guide of some of the activities and attractions in the area.


 
Finances

May 30, 2024 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Jordan Swail

Revisiting Inflation – Where are we now?

It’s been almost 2 years since we last talked about inflation – back in the summer of 2022 the consumer price index had just increased by 7.7% year over ear, with residential construction prices increasing by a whopping 26.5% year over year in Toronto. So where is inflation now and how is it effecting our condominiums?


 
Finances

May 16, 2024 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Shalon Chapman, John Hayes

Proactive Softscape Budgeting: Plan Ahead

Spring is here! The birds are singing, and the flowers are blooming! The garden centres are open with flowers a plenty, and you’re thinking about how you would like the property to look for the upcoming season. Just like anything else, it’s important to ask – do we have the money?


 
Governance

May 2, 2024 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Christopher Mendes

Conduct at an Annual General Meeting

For boards, owners, and property managers, annual general meeting season can be a stressful time. The Condominium Act, 1998 (the “Act”) requires that a board shall hold a general meeting of the owners within six (6) months of the end of the corporation’s fiscal year.


 
Governance

April 18, 2024 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Annie Bailey

Why Attend Your Condo’s AGM

Many condominiums hold their annual general meeting (“AGM”) in the spring, so you may be receiving your preliminary notice of meeting and your notice of meeting soon.


 
Condo Living

April 4, 2024 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Henry Jansen, Anthony Irwin

Welcome Back, Snow Birds!

Now that you’ve made it back from the southern climes; what to do? Before you spend the next few days unpacking and doing some laundry, there are a couple things we recommend you do.


 
Maintenance and Repairs

March 21, 2024 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Corey Sargeant

Preparation for Capital Projects

When a condominium corporation is moving towards a capital repair project it can become a daunting process at times. Below are some best practices when undertaking a large project such as paving, building envelope restoration, and/or infrastructure replacement.


 
Maintenance and Repairs

March 7, 2024 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Jordan Swail

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 even some new windows. Here are some tips to better deal with condensation.


 
Maintenance and Repairs

February 15, 2024 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Dushan Dvjak

Spring Preparation Checklist for Condominium Corporations: Essential Planning Steps

As the winter frost begins to thaw and signs of spring emerge, condominium corporations must gear up for the seasonal transition to ensure the smooth functioning and well-being of their properties. Spring brings its own set of challenges and opportunities, making proactive planning essential for maintaining the integrity and attractiveness of the condominium complex.


 
Governance

January 25, 2024 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Henry Jansen

Passing Advice to New Condo Directors

You have purchased a condo. For many, whether it is your first home or your downsized home, condo living is a unique lifestyle. You find yourself living in a community within a community. Your new community will have a board of directors, rules, by-laws, an operating budget, a reserve fund budget, maintenance contracts, etc. Then you get notice of an Annual General Meeting (the “AGM”)...


 
Condo Living

December 28, 2023 - Published by Grand River Chapter

Thanks for an Amazing Year, 2023!

Sparklers, noise makers, and countdowns. The anticipation is almost too much. It must mean that we’ve finally done it. We’ve reached the end of 2023. But before we say “hello” to 2024, let’s take a moment to reflect as a Chapter on all our accomplishments this past year!


 
Condo Living

November 30, 2023 - Published by Grand River Chapter

Meet the Leaders Taking the Grand River Chapter into 2024

Let’s take a moment to welcome the Board of Directors who will be leading the Grand River Chapter (GRC) into the new year!


 
Finances

November 16, 2023 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Shalon Chapman, Dushan Dvjak

Streamlining Operations: The Benefits of Electronic Signatures and Payment Approvals for Condominium Corporations in Ontario

Condominium corporations in Ontario face numerous administrative tasks, including obtaining signatures and approving payments for various transactions. Traditionally, these processes involved manual paperwork, extensive printing, and time-consuming physical meetings. However, with the advent of electronic signatures and payment approvals, these tasks have become more efficient and cost-effective.


 
Governance

November 2, 2023 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Maggie Matian

Happy Board, Happy Life!

A condominium’s Board of Directors play a significant and immeasurable role in the daily governance of a condominium corporation in Ontario. Board members are not only responsible for ensuring the corporation is well managed on behalf of all owners and residents, they are also responsible for ensuring that the corporation’s financial assets are secured and well managed.


 
Insurance

October 19, 2023 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Shalon Chapman, Annie Bailey

Mitigating Risk When Snowbirds Fly South

Things to consider before the Snowbirds Fly South. We hate to say it, but it’s that time of year again to prepare for plummeting temperatures and to make plans for the winter ahead. Maybe you like to head down south for the winter and escape Canada’s snow. But what are some things you should be thinking about before you leave your home for the winter?


 
Condo Living

September 28, 2023 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Sara Hicks

The Negativity Bias and You!

Wait, what bias? The negativity bias is a psychological phenomenon in which humans tend to give more attention and weight to negative experiences, emotions, and information than to positive ones.


 
Governance

September 14, 2023 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Maggie Matian

Are You Ready For Your AGM?

Preparing for your condominium’s Annual General Meeting can cause a lot of stress for your management company, board, and unit owners if your past meetings have not gone so smoothly. In a room full of people you don’t know very much, discussing financial and intimate details of your condominium community can feel daunting, to say the least.


 
Maintenance and Repairs

August 31, 2023 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Henry J. Jansen

Paving the Way

It’s near the end of summer with the grass burning with some condominium communities experiencing another drought, so what’s the rush in reminding the Board it needs to be making paving decisions, now?


 
Maintenance and Repairs

August 17, 2023 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Dushan Divjak

The Importance of Cleaning Catch Basins in Building, Garages, and Parking Lots

A well-maintained infrastructure not only enhances the aesthetic appeal of a building but also plays a significant role in preserving the environment. Catch basins, commonly found in building garages and parking lots, serve as essential components of storm water management systems.


 
Condo Living

August 3, 2023 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Sara Hicks

Students in Condominiums: Parking, Noise and Garbage Oh My!

It is that time of year again! Students return and for condominiums with many student rentals, it can be a difficult period to navigate.


 
Condo Living

July 20, 2023 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Maggie Matia

Why You Should Register as a Canadian Condominium Institute Member

What are reserve funds? Who funds them? Who audits them? What is a property manager and how do you contact one? Are you allowed to plant a garden in your yard? Did you even know you had to ask? Even seasoned condominium industry members need support and access to resources.


 
Common Issues

July 6, 2023 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Sara Hicks

Summertime, and the Living’s…Not so Easy?

Summer should be a time to relax and enjoy the sunshine and some company. Despite condos being known for requiring less maintenance that owners need to take on themselves, they are not completely hands-off.


 
Condo Living

June 29, 2023 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Maggie Matian

Podcast Review – Parties in Your Condo

The CCI Condo Podcast, presented by the Grand River Chapter, and hosted by Michelle Dyer, offers insight, perspective, and advice across all sectors of the condominium industry.


 
Common Issues

June 22, 2023 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Jennifer Watson

Hoarding – When Clutter Becomes a Hazard

We have all experienced being disorganized and having large collections or too much clutter around. When does clutter move from just an unorganized mess to a safety hazard and a liability? At some point it becomes more than an unpleasing sight and turns into a hoarding situation that impacts individuals living in it and those around it.


 
Condo Living

June 15, 2023 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Sara Hicks

What You Didn’t Know About That Bird Feeder

Who doesn’t love the sound of soft chirps on a summer morning? Maybe you’ve picked up a cute little bird feeder from Terra, or perhaps you built one with your family. If your condominium permits bird feeders (please make sure they do!), what more is there to think about?


 
Environment - Climate Change

June 8, 2023 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Justin Tudor

EWRB Reporting Deadline for Condominiums is 3 Weeks Away

In Ontario, Condominium Corporations and property managers have a responsibility to ensure compliance with Energy and Water Reporting and Benchmarking (EWRB) regulations.


 
Property Management

June 1, 2023 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Michelle Dyer

Wasn’t that a Party?

It’s the story a Condominium Manager knows all too well. The Monday morning or Tuesday morning (after a long weekend) voicemail check.


 
Environment - Climate Change

May 25, 2023 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Corey Sargeant

Annual Fire Inspections

Annual fire inspections in your Condominium are a requirement of the fire code, while some owners, board members and property managers may find the process onerous, or an interruption of their day, all should remember this issue relates directly to life safety and should garner the attention that is deserved not fulfilled and filed away as a requirement that has been met.


 
Environment - Climate Change

May 11, 2023 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Dushan Divjak

Internet, Wi-Fi, and TV in High-Rise Buildings

In today’s world, Wi-Fi and television have become an integral part of our daily lives. However, using them in high-rise condos and apartment buildings can be quite challenging due to various factors such as signal interference, congestion, and distance from the router.


 
Condo Living

May 4, 2023 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Maggie Matian

To Renew or Not to Renew – Read This First

So, you’re a condominium corporation or professional in the Grand River area, and you’re coming to the end of your yearly CCI membership.


 
Condo Living

April 27, 2023 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Maggie Matian

Want to Learn More About the Condominium Community? Attend a Home Show!

It can be intimidating to approach condominium industry figures, such as real estate agents, property managers, or current owners, to get a sense of what it’s like living in a condominium community.


 
Finances

April 20, 2023 - Published by Grand River Chapter

Federal Underused Housing Tax – Update

The Underused Housing Tax Act came into force with an effective date of January 1, 2022.


 
Reserve Funds

April 13, 2023 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Corey Sargeant

Planning For Big Summer Projects

When a corporation is moving towards a large repair project it can become a daunting process at times. Below are some best practices when undertaking a large project such as paving, building envelope restoration, and or infrastructure replacement.


 
Property Management

April 6, 2023 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Natashia Houser

Are You Really Good, Though? What Happens if You Share That You Are Struggling?

As a condominium manager, people will often ask you how you are, and generally there is an automatic response: “I am good, how about you?” To then have the same response in return. All too often this is not the case. Whether one will admit it or not.


 
Property Management

March 30, 2023 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Sara Hicks

What to Expect When You Are Expecting

No…not that kind of expecting. Expectations. We all have them. We have different expectations for a variety of things as well, and they depend on our mood. We expect our coffee order to be made correctly. We expect people to drive safely. We expect responses to our emails. These are all fine and good, but when do our expectations hit the roof?


 
Maintenance and Repairs

March 23, 2023 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Roberto Imbiscuso

Spring Clean Up Checklist For Condominiums

As the snow melts and temperatures begin to rise, it’s time to get your property ready for a fresh start in the spring. It’s time to start thinking about ensuring your property looks its best for your tenants, customers, and visitors. Focusing on making sure your property is safe and well maintained with power sweeping, garden care and lawn maintenance services adds value to your building.


 
Legal

March 16, 2023 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Stephanie Giovinazzo

Audits to AGMs: What’s the Connection?

Your condominium’s fiscal year has just come to an end and now it is time to start gathering the information to send off to the auditor. Now you may start wondering: Why do we even need an audit? Great question!


 
Condo Living

March 9, 2023 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Maggie Matian

March Break in the Grand River Area

Arguably the second most-looked-forward-to time of the year. March Break. Whether your memories with March Break include a plane ride, or the best sleep-ins of your life, sometimes planning ahead makes sure you get the most out of your break.


 
Environment - Climate Change

March 2, 2023 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Daniel Brockenshire

Electricity Providers’ Requirement for a Security Deposit

The Ontario Energy Board Distribution System Code (the “OEB Code”) provides that all local electricity distributors’ Conditions of Service must fall within the framework of the OEB Code when requiring electricity security deposits from their customers.


 
Maintenance and Repairs

February 23, 2023 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Jordan Swail

Do You Have a Leak?

Have your windows or walls recently been leaking? Make sure to check for condensation before considering a larger repair.


 
Insurance

February 16, 2023 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): David Outa

Slip, Trip and Falls; Whose Fault is it Anyway?!

We have all seen and heard the commercials, ‘Hurt in a slip and fall? Call 555-555-5555 now! Our All Star team of lawyers are waiting to get you the compensation you deserve!’ Typically these advertisements run during prime time TV show times in the evenings or on your favorite radio station as you drive to and from work.


 
Governance

February 9, 2023 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Henry J. Jansen

Board Tips for 2023

What happened to 2022? We are already in February 2023? Time keeps marching along and passes so quickly. Not only are you busy with your own life, but as a board member you cannot forget about your condo life.


 
Condo Living

February 2, 2023 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Maggie Matian

Make Sure Your Winter is a Grand Ol’ Time

You can probably use one hand to count all the people you know who love the winter season. For the rest of us, finding the motivation to do any activities (regardless if they are indoors or outdoors) can feel like the world’s largest Band-Aid is being ripped off in slow motion.


 
Condo Living

January 26, 2023 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Maggie Matian

Hands Up If You Know Where Your Agenda Is

Does anyone else feel like New Year’s was simultaneously yesterday AND six months ago? We’re currently in that dark period. After the December holidays, and before spring, when leaving the house is especially hard.


 
Condo Living

January 19, 2023 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Henry J. Jansen

Let’s Talk About Those Winter Blues

Do you have a case of the winter blues? After a busy holiday season, it is normal to feel down in January and February. We do not get much sunshine, the weather is miserable, and life just is not as busy.


 
Condo Living

January 12, 2023 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Maggie Matian

Warm Your Tummies This Winter with These Hot Recipes

Well, we certainly hyped up the snow piles this season, didn’t we? Though we didn’t get the 5-am-snow-shoveling-Mondays like we anticipated (drat!), we have been dipping in temperatures.


 
Legal

January 9, 2023 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Patrick Greco

Occupiers Liability

From the Volume 14, Winter 2023 issue of the CCI GHC Condo News Magazine


 
Common Issues

January 5, 2023 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Sara Hicks

Fly On Snowbird

Snowbirds! Do not fly the coop just yet. I want to share a few reminders before you lock the door and kiss the winter goodbye.


 
Legal

December 29, 2022 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Kiranpreet Basra, Taylor Blackwell,

Year-End Review of Condominium Cases

Well, another year is over, which means we have another year of decisions from the Condominium Authority Tribunal (the “CAT”). With so many interesting cases, this blog could go on forever. However, we’ve narrowed it down to four cases from 2022 worth knowing about.


 
Condo Living

December 15, 2022 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Maggie Matian

When Clutter Becomes a Problem

You may never even realize it’s happening. A couple of cell phone boxes kept in your closet, “just in case.” Take out containers that don’t make it into the trash bin. Electronics that no longer serve you but remain in a drawer.


 
Maintenance and Repairs

December 8, 2022 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Maggie Matian

Keep Warm This Winter with These Fire Safety Tips

The time for sunshiny outdoor activities has passed, as winter is beginning to roll in. That means the end of BBQs, casual walks in the parks, and lengthy patio hangouts.


 
Environment - Climate Change

December 1, 2022 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Michelle Dyer

Oh the Weather Outside is Frightful…

Welcome to winter in the Grand River area where it could be sunny in Waterloo, cloudy in Kitchener, raining in Guelph, light flurries in Cambridge and a full-on snow storm in Brantford.


 
Finances

November 24, 2022 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Shalon Seebach

How to Prepare for Upcoming Budgets

It’s that time of year again! For the many corporations with December 31st year-ends, it’s time to work on your corporation’s budget for the next fiscal year. This can be a very daunting endeavor for many board members, particularly in the current economic climate.


 
Common Issues

November 17, 2022 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Michelle Dyer

Security – We Are All in This Together

I will never forget this day while working in property management. I received a phone call from a resident – their locker was broken into and articles stolen. While on the phone, I received another phone call, then another and another. We soon realized that in a 3 mid-rise building community – ALL locker rooms were entered, several lockers were cut and several items removed. How could this be?


 
Environment - Climate Change

November 10, 2022 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Maggie Matian

Understanding the Types of New Energy Available for Your Condo

The effects of greenhouse gasses on our climate are not new topics for discussion. However, in the spirit of doing our part for the community, there are areas that condominiums can look at to ease that greenhouse load.


 
Reserve Funds

November 3, 2022 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Henry Jansen

Reserve Fund Studies: What You Need to Know

The Condominium Act, 1998 requires that all condominiums have a reserve fund. The reserve fund is separate from the condominium’s operating fund, and it is used to pay for major repairs and replacements to the condominium’s common elements. By the same law, condominium corporations in Ontario must obtain a comprehensive reserve fund study report, which must then be updated every three years.


 
Insurance

October 27, 2022 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Stephen Skolny

Residential Real Estate Property Insurance 2022 Outlook – A Broker’s Perspective

The pandemic, a historic hard market cycle, and record-breaking global catastrophe losses have challenged the property insurance market over the last 28 months in many ways. As we head into 2022, a question that has been on everyone’s mind is how have global events impacted real estate insurance, and what can I expect when budgeting for insurance premiums? These are some of our thoughts ...


 
Finances

October 20, 2022 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Shalon Seebach, BBS, LCCI

Does Our Condo Budget Have to be Breakeven?

A breakeven budget is one where the anticipated revenue is the same amount as the expected total expenses. A good starting point is to consider the accumulated General (or Operating) fund balance. Should the condominium carry a surplus? The Condominium Act of Ontario acknowledges there could be a surplus – in subsection 84 (2) they indicate a surplus can be used for ...


 
Maintenance and Repairs

October 13, 2022 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Maggie Matian

Thinking Ahead to Winter Maintenance? Better Start Early!

It’s only natural for Canadians to get suspicious about any “good” weather we receive in the fall. Sure, we’ll enjoy the above 20°C we’ve been gifted this first week in October, but we all know what’s only a few short weeks away.


 
Maintenance and Repairs

October 6, 2022 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Maggie Matian

Preparing Your Condominium for the Fall

Yes, it’s true. After that hot, humid summer, the leaves are finally starting to change. With the autumn colours setting in, we as Canadians know that winter is just around the corner. What does this mean for condominiums?


 
Maintenance and Repairs

September 29, 2022 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Ryan Dougherty, P.Eng.

Finding the “Easy” Button with Your Contractors

Is your condominium having trouble obtaining quotations from contractors? Are you struggling to implement projects on time and on budget? Taking a few simple steps can make it easier to hire contractors on time and for the right price.


 
Governance

September 22, 2022 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Henry Jansen

Getting Ready for 2023!

It is hard to believe that the summer has passed so quickly. It is already the fall. This is not a time for the board to take a breather. Now is the time to get ready for 2023!


 
Maintenance and Repairs

September 15, 2022 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Jonathan Scott

Five Questions You Should Be Asking Your Winter Service Provider

When evaluating your winter service needs and starting the process of looking for a qualified service provider, it is increasingly important to be thorough in your search. Asking the right questions can help you to differentiate between a mediocre and an exceptional winter service provider. Here are five key questions to be asking in pursuit of a great service provider.


 
Condo Living

September 8, 2022 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Sara Hicks, B.A.,(H.), OLCM, RCM, LCCI

Students in Condominiums: Parking, Noise and Garbage Oh My!

Ah, September in Ontario. The nights begin to cool, the school buses are back on the roads, the condo visitor parking lot is full of unauthorized cars…


 
Governance

September 1, 2022 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Maggie Matian

UPDATE: Expiry Date – Temporary Online Meeting Provisions

If your condominium corporation has benefited from the temporary legislation that made it possible to hold all meetings virtually, then there is a deadline you should be made aware of.


 
Maintenance and Repairs

August 25, 2022 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Ryan Griffiths

The Changes of Construction Costs In Your Condominium

From food prices to gas prices, mortgage rates to rental rates, there isn’t a sector on this big blue rock that hasn’t been effected by the recent rise in inflation.


 
Condo Living

August 18, 2022 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Maggie Matian

What does being a CCI Grand River Chapter member mean?

When you’re new to any industry, looking at the networking and membership options can be daunting. Where do you start? What resources are available to you?


 
Governance

August 11, 2022 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): unknown

When it Moves, it Moves Fast – Condo Talk

Do you have a virtual meeting and electronic voting by-law?


 
Maintenance and Repairs

August 4, 2022 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Henry J. Jansen,

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 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.


 
Legal

July 28, 2022 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Christopher Mendes

Condominium Pets vs. The CAT

May 2022 was a busy month in the Condominium Authority Tribunal (“CAT”). As our readers will know, the CAT has exclusive jurisdiction to resolve disputes between owners and condominium corporations with respect to the provisions of the declaration, by-laws and rules relating to pets/animals...


 
Reserve Funds

July 21, 2022 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Jeffrey Stevens, Jordan Swail

The Effects of Inflation on Your Reserve Funds

Almost all Canadians are experiencing the pinch of inflation, from gas to our grocery bills. Beyond its more visible day-to-day effects, inflation can have a significant impact on condominium budgets and on the overall health of your reserve fund.


 
Governance

July 14, 2022 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Maggie Matian

Board of Directors – From Interest to Election

Purchasing a unit inside a condominium means investing in a community. Part of that community investment involves regular communication with the condominium’s Board of Directors.


 
Condo Living

July 7, 2022 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Henry Jansen

Condominium Culture and What You’re Buying Into

Did you ever think you would grow up and buy a condominium unit? I am sure there are people who never thought of this. Your condominium is your home. Condominium living has pros and cons. On the positive side, it generally provides maintenance-free living and security.


 
Condo Living

June 30, 2022 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Maggie Matian

Vacations and Your Condominium

With July just around the corner, and the end of the school year finally making its way through Ontario, many will be looking to pack their bags and go for a change of scenery. Whether it be a town over for a quick weekend getaway, or a plane ride to a whole new time zone, there’s much to consider when leaving your condominium for any length of time.


 
Governance

June 23, 2022 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Maggie Matian

How to Keep Your Board Members Happy

A condominium’s Board of Directors play a significant and immeasurable role in the daily governance of a condominium corporation in Ontario. Board members are not only responsible for ensuring the corporation is well managed on behalf of all owners and residents, they are also responsible for ensuring that the corporation’s financial assets are secured and well managed.


 
Property Management

June 16, 2022 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Sara Hicks

Condo Chameleons- What does a Property Manager even do?

“What do you do for a living?” – the hardest question ever asked to a condominium manager. When I first started to write this, I thought about what it is to be a condominium manager, and how hard the job is to explain to people at dinner parties. Remember dinner parties?


 
Condo Living

June 9, 2022 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Patrick Stradiotto

Do Dryers and Other Home Exhaust Vents Pose a Health and Safety Risk?

Wiarton Willie told us that spring was going to come early. For birds migrating back to Ontario, this means one thing, it is time to find a nesting place.


 
Governance

June 1, 2022 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Ian Miller

What You Need to Know About the Upcoming Election

The provincial election is this Thursday, June 2, 2022 – only 1 day away! In conjunction with the other Ontario CCI Chapters, CCI-GRC reached out to candidates of the major parties to provide them with information regarding condominiums and the issues they are facing in Ontario, and sent a questionnaire get their feedback on those issues.


 
Governance

May 26, 2022 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Annie Bailey

When to Send Written Notices to Unit Owners

A condominium’s board of directors is responsible for informing unit owners of events, changes, and other matters relating to the condominium community. Often the board has a property manager who assists with providing this information to unit owners.


 
Common Issues

May 19, 2022 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Ian Miller

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 the respective parties and candidates have on matters relating to condominiums.


 
Condo Living

May 12, 2022 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Maggie Matian

Reflections of a Condominium Owner – with Kathleen Schrumm

A condo owner of 27 years, Kathleen Schrumm reflects on her thoughts on being in the condominium industry.


 
Governance

May 5, 2022 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Maggie Matian

Preparing For Your Annual General Meeting

Preparing for your condominium’s Annual General Meeting can cause a lot of stress for your management company, board, and unit owners if your past meetings have not gone so smoothly.


 
Condo Living

April 28, 2022 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Corey Sargeant

Helpful Resources for Condominium Owners

When an owner has a question related to their condominium and/or condominium living in general, their first instinct is to likely seek out an answer for themselves.


 
Common Issues

April 14, 2022 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Tianna Brown

How to Maximize Networking Opportunities at Tradeshows and Conferences

In professional services, it is so important to build a network. Whether you’re fresh out of the gate or a well-seasoned expert, your network is your business lifeline. The challenge is… how do you build it?


 
Condo Living

April 7, 2022 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Maggie Matian

The Pros and Cons of Condo Living

Investing in a condo may seem like the right choice because of the price, but what really are the pros and cons of condo living?


 
Finances

March 31, 2022 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Mike McGinnis

Getting Personal With Your Tax Filing

Personal tax season is approaching quickly! We wanted to provide a general guide on how to get ready for submitting your income taxes.


 
Maintenance and Repairs

March 24, 2022 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Maggie Matian

The “Shoulda, Coulda, Wouldas” of Condominium Repairs

By a show of hands, how many of us have ignored a simple repair, only for it to become a large, complicated pain later on?


 
Maintenance and Repairs

March 17, 2022 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Andrew Westrik

SPRING FORWARD – in Your Condominium Landscaping!

It’s March! With the first real warm rays of spring about to caress our faces, our thoughts turn to the warm days of summer and once again enjoying the outdoors!


 
Governance

March 10, 2022 - Published by Grand River Chapter

5 Tips to Keep Your Virtual Meetings Productive

Whether it be a virtual meeting, conference, or webinar, either can be tough to get through while keeping them productive. Being behind a screen for the last couple years has taken away any excitement that was left behind the simplicity of virtual meetings.


 
Common Issues

March 3, 2022 - Published by Grand River Chapter

Going Electric: Electric Vehicles in Condominiums

Do you have an electric vehicle, or would you like to get an electric vehicle, and are wondering how to charge that electric vehicle at your condominium? Electric vehicles are becoming more and more common, and that is fantastic news for the environment. But is your condominium equipped to deal with this change?


 
Common Issues

February 23, 2022 - Published by Grand River Chapter

Where Does Social Media Take Your Condominium?

Social media is an ever-evolving beast. Once you get comfortable with one algorithm, there have since been five updates, and a new sub-app that everyone is telling you to use. It’s understandable that most find themselves wanting to pull their hair out once tasked with social media managing. This can be especially frustrating if you are already overwhelmed should anyone utter “social media” around you.


 
Maintenance and Repairs

February 16, 2022 - Published by Grand River Chapter

Water Damage and Where it Starts

“Water, water everywhere,” is not what you want to be thinking as you’re standing in the living room of a townhouse condominium unit or peering into the lobby of a high-rise. Water inside any attached housing structure means likely damage – furnishings and fixtures, floors and walls; it also means the possibility of rotting wood and mold risks; it means potential liability, and that something has gone terribly wrong.


 
Legal

February 10, 2022 - Published by Grand River Chapter

Unit Owners’ Responsibility for their Occupants:

December 2021, York C.C. No 188 v. Caudhry, et al, 2021 ONSC 7027; & York Region C.C. No. 794 v. Watson, et al, 2021 ONSC 6574


 
Legal

February 3, 2022 - Published by Grand River Chapter

Nuisances, Annoyances, or Disruptions? Take it up with the CAT

On September 23, 2021, the Ontario Government announced that the Condominium Authority Tribunal (CAT) would have its jurisdiction expanded again in 2022. As a recap, its jurisdiction was originally limited to disputes related to record requests when it first opened its doors on November 1, 2017....


 
Finances

January 20, 2022 - Published by Grand River Chapter

Budgeting: Should Last Year’s Surplus Be Used to Fund a Pet Sanctuary?

It’s that time of year again for the Annual General Meeting and the process of forming next year’s budget. The auditor happily noted that the condominium had a growing surplus in both accounts. A golden retriever with a goofy grin ran onto the stage. His owner read a flyer that showed the benefits of having a pet sanctuary.


 
Maintenance and Repairs

January 13, 2022 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Jordan Swail

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 even some new windows. Here are some tips to better deal with condensation:


 
Governance

January 6, 2022 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Jamie Poodry

Smooth Transitions: Making the Move Between Management Companies Seamless

As condominium managers, we have all been there – your relationship with a condominium community comes to an end. This can happen for any number of reasons – financial difficulties, personality conflicts, board unrest or lack of trust, to name a few – but no matter the reason, you will find yourself in the position of having to hand over a (preferably neat and organized) package of information to the


 
Common Issues

December 16, 2021 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Laurie Reed

Tech Savvy Condos

Sustainable, Smart, Eco Friendly and Ahead of the Class 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?


 
Governance

December 9, 2021 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Wayne Haves

Wait a Minute – What is the Deal with Minutes?

We have all been there – an important meeting where issues are raised, debated and decisions made. That is the substance of the meeting but you cannot overlook the importance of the minutes of those meetings. That written summary of the meeting will live on as a reference document that many stakeholders will rely on to verify what took place.


 
Legal

December 2, 2021 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Victor Yee

Winter Is Coming: Ready Your Condo’s Noise And Other Nuisance Enforcements

On September 23rd 2021, the Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (the “MGCS”) announced that as of January 1st 2022, the Condominium Authority Tribunal (the “CAT”) will have the jurisdiction to hear condominium disputes regarding noise, odour, smoke, vapour, light, or vibration (collectively, “NOSVLV” disputes).


 
Maintenance and Repairs

November 25, 2021 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Henry J. Jansen

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.


 
Governance

November 18, 2021 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Sara Hicks

Positive Communication: Email Edition

If you partake with the internet (and if you are reading this, you do at least dabble) then you have no doubt come across unpleasant online exchanges in some capacity.


 
Common Issues

November 11, 2021 - Published by Grand River Chapter

Back by popular demand, we have more Condo Memoirs!

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


 
Maintenance and Repairs

November 4, 2021 - Published by Grand River Chapter

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?


 
Maintenance and Repairs

October 28, 2021 - Published by Grand River Chapter

Surviving the Cold – Winter Construction: Concrete

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 placing concrete in this cold, right?


 
Property Management

October 21, 2021 - Published by Grand River Chapter

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...


 
Finances

October 14, 2021 - Published by Grand River Chapter

Who’s responsible for preparing your condominium's financial statements?

Most condominium corporations in Ontario have an audit completed annually and the resulting financial statements are provided to owners. But what about those condos that have less than 25 units and have waived the audit - do they still have to provide financial statements to the owners? The answer is...


 
Legal

October 7, 2021 - Published by Grand River Chapter

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.


 
Common Issues

June 23, 2020 - Published by Grand River Chapter

Virtual Meetings

Michelle Kelly discusses expectations surrounding the Annual General Meeting, and the emergency orders that temporarily allow for Virtual Meetings.


 
Maintenance and Repairs

June 8, 2020 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Jordan Swail

Impact on Construction

Jordan Swail discusses the Impact on Construction during COVID-19.


 
COVID-19

May 28, 2020 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Robert Mullin

Liening Units

Robert Mullin discusses whether or not a Condominium should issues liens for arrears during COVID 19.


 
Legal

May 28, 2020 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Annie Bailey

Ontario 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?


 
COVID-19

May 21, 2020 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Shalon Seebach

Finances and Government Assistance Programs

Shalon Seebach discusses how to manage a Condominium's cash flow during COVID 19.


 
Legal

May 16, 2020 - Published by Grand River Chapter

Liening Condominium Units

Robert Mullin discusses whether or not a Condominium should issues liens for arrears during COVID 19.


May 14, 2020 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Henry J. Jansen

Changes are coming to Tarion. An insider reports that by the end of 2020, the new home warranty provider and new home builder regulator will be 2 separate organizations.


 
COVID-19

May 14, 2020 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Mark Willis-O'Connor

What to do if a Resident Tests Positive | Navigating COVID-19 in Condominiums

Mark Willis-O'Connor discusses the procedure if someone in your Condominium Corporation tests positive for COVID 19


May 7, 2020 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): SARA HICKS

What do you think of when you hear ‘property manager?’ When people ask me what I do for a living, and ‘property manager’ is my response, I am usually met by a blank stare...


 
COVID-19

May 7, 2020 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Leigh Merswolke

Cleaning Protocols | Navigating COVID-19 in Condominiums

Leigh Merswolke discusses the best cleaning practices for COVID-19.


 
COVID-19

April 30, 2020 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Brad Wells

Don't Stop, Keep Planning!

Brad Wells discusses how to continue productivity during this pandemic.


April 23, 2020 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Mark Willis-O'Connor

This article tackles a few frequently asked questions about the impact of COVID-19 for condominiums.


April 16, 2020 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Shalon Seebach, BBS

The COVID-19 pandemic is something no one could have predicted or budgeted for, and we are all struggling in one way or another...


March 26, 2020 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Robert Mullin, BA(Hons.), LL.B., LL.M., ACCI, and Christopher Mendes, B.A.(Hons), M.A., J.D

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?


February 27, 2020 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): MICHELLE KELLY, B. Comm, LL.B

“If you can’t say something nice don’t say anything at all” Michelle Kelly, B.Comm., LL.B., ACCI Robson Carpenter LLP


January 16, 2020 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Brad Roy

Is your unit experiencing heat loss during the winter? Check out an expert’s tips for preserving comfortable temperatures in your unit.


January 2, 2020 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Gwen Story, B.Com (Hons), CPA, CGA

Do you need an audit of your financial statements? Find out what you need to know when selecting a financial statement auditor.


November 28, 2019 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Henry J. Jansen, P.Eng., ACCI

Outbreak of mould at a condo complex. Where did it come from? Now what do we do?


November 7, 2019 - Published by Grand River Chapter

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.


 
Chapter Newsletters

April 29, 2019 - Published by Grand River Chapter

CCI Grand River - Condo News - Spring 2019

The Condo News is an award winning quarterly magazine jointly produced by the Grand River and Golden Horseshoe Chapter.


 
Chapter Newsletters

February 15, 2019 - Published by Grand River Chapter

CCI Grand River - Condo News - Winter 2019

The Condo News is an award winning quarterly magazine jointly produced by the Grand River and Golden Horseshoe Chapter.


 
Chapter Newsletters

October 24, 2018 - Published by Grand River Chapter

CCI Grand River - Condo News - Fall 2018

The Condo News is an award winning quarterly magazine jointly produced by the Grand River and Golden Horseshoe Chapter.


 
Chapter Newsletters

August 10, 2018 - Published by Grand River Chapter

CCI Grand River - Condo News - Summer 2018

The Condo News is an award winning quarterly magazine jointly produced by the Grand River and Golden Horseshoe Chapter.


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