Last week, we were excited to roll out PUMPsaver, a new Toronto Hydro program where Brookfield-managed buildings will be first in line to start saving on electricity.
We are encouraged by the throne speech announcing the Ontario government’s intention to reduce electricity bills by 8%. ...Read more
As managers, we are very aware that our clients are seeing an almost 18% increase to their electricity bills from last year – mostly from the ending of the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit in January 2016 and the warmer weather this summer that increased cooling costs. This is why we were excited...Read more
Condo corporations are increasingly asked to disclose to condo owners the email addresses of the other owners. After all, since the corporation is often communicating with its owners by email, why should all owners not have access to this same list?
In a recent case,...Read more
All of us associated with condominiums have been incredibly frustrated with the poor quality of elevator maintenance in recent years.
Elevator reliability is the worst it’s been in many years. In 2000, there were 1,382 calls to 911 for elevator rescues in Toronto. In 2015, there were 2,...Read more
On April 15, 2016, Brookfield distributed a paper entitled “Responding to Mental Illness in Condominium Corporations.” The paper was written in response to an apparent increase in scenarios involving mental illness in our condominium communities. Both managers and boards found such...Read more
Police arrive at your building and approach security. They have a warrant for the arrest of a resident. The guard gives them access. The police go to the resident’s suite and knock on the door. There is no answer and no evidence that the resident is home. The police do not ask to enter the...Read more
Combined Heat and Power (CHP) For Condominiums
We’ve been working with contractors that offer Combined Heat & Power (or CHP) for about two years now– gaining experience on the various CHP offers, technologies, and approaches being offered.
All of this...Read more
January 25, 2016
EV Government Grants – January 2016
In mid January 2016 the provincial government announced a $20 million investment in developing a private network of publically accessible Electric Vehicle Charging Stations. The program involves giving grants equal to up to 100...Read more
Many condominium corporations have restrictions or a prohibition on pets. Boards and managers feel an obligation to enforce the provisions in their legal documents but are uncertain about the steps they can take when disabilities and human rights are raised. A recent court case clarifies the...Read more