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Here you will find articles about condominium living, condo management and other topics of interest for board members, owners and residents.
 

Nine Things to Know About Conflicts of Interest

The term “conflict of interest” is often used when discussing board member activities, but it is one that is not always understood. Having a clear definition of what is and what is not a conflict of interest is critical to a board as it carries out its duties on behalf of the rest of the owners.

Posted on Tuesday May 17, 2016 read more

The Secret to Great Board Member Communication

As a board member of your condominium corporation you have many responsibilities. Within your role time management and organization are two vital aspects in the life of a board member, but what about communication? Let us offer you some tips on ways to best communicate as you fulfill your duties.

Posted on Tuesday May 10, 2016 read more

Property Management - 11 Things Every Board Member Should Know

It’s no secret: volunteering to be a board member for your condominium or HOA is a significant commitment. Many boards find that hiring a professional property management company is the best decision they can make for their community. But how do you choose the firm that’s right for you? This article explains several factors that serve to differentiate property managers.

Posted on Thursday April 28, 2016 read more

Routine Operating Expenses vs. Reserve Fund Planned Expenditures – Know the Difference

Sometimes confusion exists over what expenses the operating budget covers and those that are reserve fund responsibilities. If board members understand the difference between the two, it's much easier for them to make the correct decisions when managing the affairs of the condominium corporation.

Posted on Monday April 25, 2016 read more

Condominium Boards and Property Management:
Here's why Together is Better

Experienced condominium or HOA board members and property managers know that forming a positive, collaborative partnership will benefit the entire community. Here are some things to consider in order to create such a relationship.

Posted on Wednesday April 13, 2016 read more

How to Identify and Resolve Conflict within a Condo Board

As a condominium or HOA board member, how do you deal with contentious issues? This article discusses five steps to take to foster a spirit of cooperation among board members and diffuse difficult situations.

Posted on Tuesday March 29, 2016 read more

The Role of Your Board Treasurer

The board of a condominium corporation has many roles and responsibilities. This article highlights the importance of the duties the treasurer must fulfill on a volunteer condo board.

Posted on Wednesday March 02, 2016 read more

Going on Vacation? Five Things to Remember Before You Leave.

Make sure your winter vacation is memorable for all the right reasons - not because something went terribly wrong while you were gone.

Posted on Friday February 19, 2016 read more

Introduction to Radon: What You Can Do to Make Your Home Safe for Your Family

Carbon monoxide is widely known as a dangerous gas that can be present in homes and other buildings, causing a threat to our health. But did you know about radon, also a colourless, odorless, naturally-occurring gas that can be found indoors and poses a threat to our health and well-being?  If you are not familiar with radon, you’re not alone. Here is an overview of radon gas: What is it? Where is it found? What are its possible health effects? What you can do to protect your family?

Posted on Tuesday February 02, 2016 read more

Community Relations Matter

Multi-family communities can be great places to live and raise a family. Their success depends upon a spirit of cooperation, adherence to the rules and respect for other residents.

Posted on Monday November 02, 2015 read more

What are Condo Fees? What Do They Cover?

When you own a condominium, you and all the other owners are responsible to pay to operate and maintain the common property. These expenses are paid for by the owners using money collected through the monthly condominium contributions. Who determines what these monthly assessments will be and what types of things do they pay for?

Posted on Monday October 26, 2015 read more

How to Set Pet Policies for your Community

Pet owners love their pets, but not everyone else feels the same. When people live in multi-family communities it is imperative to create a balance for all residents, whether they have furry companions or they don't. How can this be achieved? A good start is clear bylaws and a pet policies that consider the needs of all.

Posted on Friday October 09, 2015 read more

Seven Important Things to Know About Condominium Boards

Each condominium corporation in Alberta is required by law to elect a board of directors to manage the corporation on behalf of all the owners. This article gives more detail about the election process and the role of the board.

Posted on Wednesday May 13, 2015 read more

10 Ways to Build Your Community's Financial Health

Is your condominium corporation as financially healthy as it could be? Checkout these 10 suggestions to help you keep your community on solid financial ground.

Posted on Friday January 23, 2015 read more

Cold Weather Warning

Burst heating pipes are an unwanted, but common, occurrence during Alberta's cold winters. The damage caused by the endless supply of water can be significant. Our Cold Weather Warning offers condominium residents tips to prevent a pipe freeze and the water damage that results.

Posted on Tuesday January 13, 2015 read more

Condominium Living: there is more to it than just moving in

The condominium lifestyle is a wonderful concept, but its success depends upon respect for the rights of others, acceptance of and adherence to the rules, and a spirit of cooperation.

Posted on Monday November 24, 2014 read more

A Guide to Finding the Right Condominium Property Management Company

Choosing the right property manager for your community can be a difficult decision. How do you differentiate between the companies available in your area? These four tips may help you evaluate the offerings and make the best decision for your condominium.

Posted on Thursday November 20, 2014 read more

10 Condominium Security Tips

Consider these 10 tips to help make your condominium property secure. A little extra attention can greatly improve safety for the community’s residents.

Posted on Monday November 10, 2014 read more

Renting Your Condominium

When renting your condominium, both owner and tenant have responsibilities under the Condominium Property Act of Alberta (CPA). These are in addition to rights and responsibilities for landlords and tenants covered in the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA).

Posted on Tuesday November 04, 2014 read more

Creating Effective Governing Rules: A Guideline for Success

Condominium living is a great lifestyle, but in order to promote harmony amongst a diverse group of people, it is often necessary to have ground rules. Behaviour that is normal to one person may be outrageous to another. Here are some things to consider when setting the standards of acceptable behaviour for a community.

Posted on Friday October 24, 2014 read more
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