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On October 19, 2016, the Ontario legislature passed Bill 13, which will reduce residential electricity bills by 8%, an amount equal to the provincial portion of the HST starting January 1, 2017. Although the regulations that will put the rebate into practice are yet to be drafted, we are confident...Read more

The Law firm of Lash Condo Law has developed an excellent resource for condominiums dealing with smoke issues.  A Directors Guide to Smoking in Condominiums provides guidance for dealing with...Read more

In November 2015, the province initiated an independent review of the Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act and the Tarion Warranty Corporation.

The Honourable J. Douglas Cunningham, QC was appointed as a special advisor to review protections for owners of new homes and identify...Read more

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

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Workplace Safety Update

Elevator Machine Room Guarding

A year ago we informed all our managers that a major property owner had been fined $50,000 plus a 25% victim fine surcharge when...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