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Repairs, Maintenance and Renovations

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.


 
Board of Directors and Meetings

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”)...


 
Communities

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!


 
Condominium and Industry Profiles

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!


 
Financial Matters

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.


 
Board of Directors and Meetings

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 Issues

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?


 
Common Issues

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.


 
Board of Directors and Meetings

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.


 
Repairs, Maintenance and Renovations

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?


 
Repairs, Maintenance and Renovations

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.


 
Communities

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.


 
Communities

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.


 
Communities

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.


 
Communities

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?


 
Environmental/Utilities Issues

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 Issues

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.


 
Environmental/Utilities Issues

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.


 
Environmental/Utilities Issues

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.


 
Communities

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.


 
Communities

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.


 
Financial Matters

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 and Reserve Fund Studies

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 Issues

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 Issues

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?


 
Repairs, Maintenance and Renovations

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.


 
Specific Legal Issues

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!


 
Communities

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.


 
Environmental/Utilities Issues

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.


 
Repairs, Maintenance and Renovations

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 Issues

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.


 
Board of Directors and Meetings

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.


 
Communities

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.


 
Communities

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.


 
Communities

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.


 
Communities

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.


 
Specific Legal Issues

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.


 
Specific Legal Issues

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.


 
Communities

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.


 
Repairs, Maintenance and Renovations

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.


 
Environmental/Utilities Issues

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.


 
Financial Matters

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?


 
Environmental/Utilities Issues

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 and Reserve Fund Studies

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 Issues

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 ...


 
Financial Matters

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 ...


 
Repairs, Maintenance and Renovations

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.


 
Repairs, Maintenance and Renovations

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?


 
Repairs, Maintenance and Renovations

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.


 
Board of Directors and Meetings

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!


 
Repairs, Maintenance and Renovations

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.


 
Purchasing/Living in a Condominium

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…


 
Board of Directors and Meetings

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.


 
Repairs, Maintenance and Renovations

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.


 
Purchasing/Living in a Condominium

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?


 
Board of Directors and Meetings

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?


 
Repairs, Maintenance and Renovations

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.


 
Specific Legal Issues

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 and Reserve Fund Studies

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.


 
Board of Directors and Meetings

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.


 
Purchasing/Living in a Condominium

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.


 
Purchasing/Living in a Condominium

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.


 
Board of Directors and Meetings

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 Issues

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?


 
Purchasing/Living in a Condominium

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.


 
Board of Directors and Meetings

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.


 
Board of Directors and Meetings

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.


 
Purchasing/Living in a Condominium

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.


 
Board of Directors and Meetings

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.


 
Purchasing/Living in a Condominium

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?


 
Purchasing/Living in a Condominium

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?


 
Financial Matters

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.


 
Repairs, Maintenance and Renovations

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?


 
Repairs, Maintenance and Renovations

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!


 
Board of Directors and Meetings

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.


 
Repairs, Maintenance and Renovations

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.


 
Specific Legal Issues

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


 
Specific Legal Issues

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....


 
Financial Matters

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.


 
Repairs, Maintenance and Renovations

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:


 
Board of Directors and Meetings

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?


 
Board of Directors and Meetings

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.


 
Specific Legal Issues

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).


 
Repairs, Maintenance and Renovations

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.


 
Board of Directors and Meetings

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.


 
Repairs, Maintenance and Renovations

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?


 
Repairs, Maintenance and Renovations

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 Issues

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...


 
Financial Matters

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...


 
Specific Legal Issues

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.


 
Repairs, Maintenance and Renovations

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.


 
Specific Legal Issues

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.


 
Specific Legal Issues

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.


 
Purchasing/Living in a Condominium

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

Consumer Protection – Home Warranties

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


 
Property Management Issues

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

A Day in the Life of a Property Manager

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.


 
COVID-19

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

Q & A – The Impact of COVID-19 for Condominiums

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


 
COVID-19

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

Condo Finances and COVID-19

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


 
COVID-19

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

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?


 
Specific Legal Issues

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

Defamation and Harassment in Condominiums

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


 
Repairs, Maintenance and Renovations

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

The “Panes” of Keeping Warm in the Winter

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


 
Financial Matters

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

Your Condominium Investment – The Auditor’s Role

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


 
Repairs, Maintenance and Renovations

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

The Case of the Moldy Dog

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


 
Environmental/Utilities Issues

November, 7 2019 - Published by Grand River Chapter

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.


 
Common Issues

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.


 
Common Issues

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.


 
Common Issues

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.


 
Common Issues

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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