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Cyber Security Part Two: Board Member Tips for Keeping Your Condo Association Safe

Posted on Wednesday January 25, 2017

In part one of this two-part series, we discussed the importance of cyber security to your condo association and the steps that residents can take to protect themselves and their association. In this article, we look at your board’s responsibility in preventing cyber attacks.

How Your Condo Board Can Ensure Great Communication

Posted on Monday January 23, 2017

For a condominium corporation, great communication relies on an open exchange of information, thoughts and ideas among residents, board members and your property management company. When communication is done well, you can get the answers you need, tackle challenges and strengthen community spirit. 

Cyber-Security Part One: How Residents in Condo Communities Can Protect Their Tech

Posted on Thursday January 19, 2017

Like it or not, we have become very dependent on our technology. Whether it’s a cell phone, tablet or computer, our devices enable us to stay connected, conduct business and access information anywhere, anytime. Yet as convenient as these devices may be, cyber security is simply not a priority for the majority of tech users—despite the increased prevalence of cyber attacks. One recent attack even occurred in our own backyard at the University of Alberta.
 
In part one of our two-part series, we look at why cyber security is so important to condo associations. We also provide important steps that residents in your condo community can take to protect their technology so that sensitive information doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.
 

Six Important Things You Need to Know as a New Board Member

Posted on Friday January 13, 2017

Some owners are reluctant to volunteer to be a condominium board member because they’ve never done it before. That’s why we developed these six essential tips for new board members to help them get up-to-speed quickly. If you consider these points as you get down to condo business, you will be successful in your new role ─ one in which you really can make a difference.

LED Lighting: It’s a bright choice

Posted on Wednesday December 28, 2016

LED lighting is a great way for a condo building to save money on energy and light bulbs. Since the lights use much less energy and have a significantly longer operating life, the positive impact on the corporation’s operating budget is definitely worth the initial investment.

Eleven Tips to Improve the Security of your Home

Posted on Wednesday December 21, 2016

Don’t make it easy for criminals to get into your home. These 11 common sense tips will help homeowners improve the security of their property and make it safer for their families.

Creating Positive Interactions Between Condo Board Members

Posted on Wednesday December 14, 2016

Everyone brings their own assumptions and methods of completing tasks to each group to which they belong. Condominium board members are no different. While the diversity of the group can be its greatest strength, it also can create difficulties between the individual members.
It is important to structure condo board meetings in a way that creates a professional and positive working relationship. Here are some tips to help boards achieve this.

How to Prevent Water Damage

Posted on Wednesday December 07, 2016

Living through a situation where your condominium is damaged due to a water loss can be extremely difficult. While you may not be able to stop every occurrence that threatens your home, there are steps you can take to help minimize the risk.

How to Create Policies for Your Condo Association—Without Making Enemies

Posted on Tuesday December 06, 2016

Rules are essential in a multi-family community. They layout expectations for the residents and promote a spirit of co-operation amongst the group. When the board-set policies are violated, a defined set of steps should occur to encourage compliance.

It is important for a condo board to craft their policies thoughtfully, looking at the rules from all angles to determine the balance between the need, property values and homeowner freedom.

Here are eight steps to consider when developing policies for your condominium.

Four Ways to Maintain the Holiday Spirit While Enforcing Your Condo Association’s Decorating Policies

Posted on Tuesday November 29, 2016

Decorating our homes to celebrate the holidays, national observances, festivals, seasons and more is something many love to do. It creates a sense of community and comfort to observe these annual events.

If you live in a condominium community you need to know what the rules surrounding this type of expression are. You may be limited to the amount of decorations you display. Lights might have to be turned off after a certain time so they do not shine on into the wee hours disturbing the sleep of neighbours. There may be limits to how many days or weeks the décor can be displayed. Of course, as a board member, you don’t want to ruin the party, but you have to be knowledgeable about the rules and ensure they are communicated clearly to residents so they can maintain their festivities within the guidelines.

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