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MAKE SURE YOUR PROPERTY IS DOING EVERYTHING TO MEET RESIDENTS’ LAUNDRY NEEDS

Posted in Coronavirus, Health & Safety, Industry Trends, Laundry

MAKE SURE YOUR PROPERTY IS DOING EVERYTHING TO MEET RESIDENTS’ LAUNDRY NEEDS

No doubt that COVID-19 has us all more than a bit on edge. Community laundry facilities stand on the front lines, not only helping to keep the spread of the virus in check, but also serving as centers, where residents can get information. Just as you would utilize signage, your website and social media to communicate with residents, property managers should leverage the same mediums to distribute information. Offering messaging in multiple languages, obviously including French in specific...

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HOW HAS COVID-19 IMPACTED CANADA’S STUDENT RENTAL MARKET?

Posted in Coronavirus, Health & Safety, Housing, Industry Trends, Newsworthy, Student Housing

HOW HAS COVID-19 IMPACTED CANADA’S STUDENT RENTAL MARKET?

With the return to school having achieved the topic of the day status for a few weeks in late summer, real estate investors’ thoughts undoubtedly turned toward the fate of the country’s student rental market. COVID-19 has forced most Canadian universities to adopt remote learning models until at least the end of 2020, but is the new paradigm really leading to a decline in demand for student rentals? Timbercreek’s executive director of origination, Geoff McTait, says student rentals have, like...

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CITY RELEASES PROPOSED BYLAW TO REGULATE RENTAL PROPERTIES

Posted in Affordable Housing, Bylaws / Regulations, Health & Safety, Housing, Industry Trends, Legislation, Newsworthy, Tenancy Law

CITY RELEASES PROPOSED BYLAW TO REGULATE RENTAL PROPERTIES

A bylaw proposed by the city would make sure landlords maintain their rental units and encourage tenants to help keep cockroaches, rats and other pests out of the building. The draft bylaw published by the city on Tuesday would effectively set a minimum standard for all rental housing in Ottawa, including social housing. Council last year rejected the idea of a licensing regime for landlords but directed staff to establish additional regulations for Ottawa’s residential rental industry. Under...

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TORONTO MAKES MASKS MANDATORY IN APARTMENT BUILDINGS

Posted in Bylaws / Regulations, Coronavirus, Elevators, Health & Safety, Industry Trends, Legislation, Newsworthy

TORONTO MAKES MASKS MANDATORY IN APARTMENT BUILDINGS

Toronto City Council has passed a roster of new bylaws meant to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19 as Toronto moves to Stage 3 of re-opening. Among the bylaws passed by council Wednesday is a temporary requirement that most people wear masks while inside lobbies, elevators, laundry rooms and other shared spaces in condo and apartment buildings. The new bylaw requires building owners or operators to have a policy to ensure masks or face coverings are worn by individuals in enclosed...

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TORONTO MAYOR SAYS MASKING BYLAW POSSIBLE IF APARTMENT BUILDINGS DON’T COMPLY

Posted in Bylaws / Regulations, Coronavirus, Health & Safety, Industry Trends, Newsworthy

TORONTO MAYOR SAYS MASKING BYLAW POSSIBLE IF APARTMENT BUILDINGS DON’T COMPLY

Toronto Mayor John Tory said he’s prepared to extend the city’s mandatory masking order to shared spaces inside apartment and condominium buildings if management companies refuse to do it voluntarily. Current mandatory masking bylaws in cities such as Toronto apply only to indoor public spaces such as grocery stores, commercial businesses and public transit, leaving multi-unit dwellings exempt. “We were hesitant to move on private property because it’s better if people who own that private...

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THE RESIDENTIAL AND NON-RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY WILL LEAD THE POST COVID-19 ECONOMIC RECOVERY

Posted in Coronavirus, Development, Employment, Finance, Health & Safety, Housing, Industry Trends, Newsworthy

THE RESIDENTIAL AND NON-RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY WILL LEAD THE POST COVID-19 ECONOMIC RECOVERY

The Canadian and Ontario Home Builders’ Associations (CHBA and OHBA) and the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) have submitted a 20-point plan to the Ontario Jobs and Recovery Committee to help kick-start the Canadian economy post COVID-19. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on Canada, Ontario, and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Millions of people lost their jobs and the economy has all but ground to a halt. As governments at all levels start to look at...

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B.C. LANDLORDS, TENANTS CONFLICTED OVER EVICTION BAN, RENT INCREASES

Posted in Bylaws / Regulations, Coronavirus, Health & Safety, Housing, Industry Trends, Legal, Newsworthy, Tenancy Law

B.C. LANDLORDS, TENANTS CONFLICTED OVER EVICTION BAN, RENT INCREASES

Landlords and tenants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic are at loggerheads over evictions and unpaid rents as pandemic bans on evictions and rental increases continue. On March 25, Victoria had ordered a ban on virtually all rental evictions – including those in progress – froze rental increases and issued $500 payments directly to landlords to help tenants battling job and income losses for the pandemic’s duration. Now, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Selina Robinson is caught...

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NO EVICTION ORDER CREATING DIFFICULT SITUATIONS FOR SOME NORTHERN LANDLORDS

Posted in Bylaws / Regulations, Coronavirus, Health & Safety, Housing, Industry Trends, Legal, Newsworthy, Tenancy Law

NO EVICTION ORDER CREATING DIFFICULT SITUATIONS FOR SOME NORTHERN LANDLORDS

Provincial restrictions due to COVID-19 are slowly starting to loosen and more Ontarians are returning to work as the list of businesses that are allowed to re-open continues to grow. The business of property rental was never ordered to close, but landlords have been feeling the adverse effects of the pandemic as some have been dealing with problem tenants who have been taking advantage of the province’s no evictions order. Jeff Dupre has found himself between a rock and a hard place...

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THREE QUARTERS OF WORKERS WANT THE CHOICE TO WORK FROM HOME AFTER LOCKDOWN

Posted in Coronavirus, Employment, Health & Safety, Industry Trends, Newsworthy, Professional Services

THREE QUARTERS OF WORKERS WANT THE CHOICE TO WORK FROM HOME AFTER LOCKDOWN

Seventy-seven percent of the workforce say they want to continue to work from home, at least weekly, when the pandemic is over. That represents a 132 percent increase over those who did so before COVID-19. These and other findings from the Global Work-from-Home Experience Survey, which claims to be the largest post-COVID survey on the topic to date, will lead to profound changes in office space needs, workplace design, workforce policies and practices, and employer, employee, and environmental...

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ONTARIO LIFTS BAN ON SHORT-TERM RENTALS

Posted in Coronavirus, Health & Safety, Industry Trends, Newsworthy

ONTARIO LIFTS BAN ON SHORT-TERM RENTALS

Ontarians looking to get a change of scenery amid the COVID pandemic will soon be able to start booking short-term rentals again throughout the province. On Thursday afternoon, the provincial government announced it would be lifting its ban on short-term rentals as of Friday, June 5 at 12:01 am. The ban, issued under Ontario’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, came into effect as of 11:59 pm on Saturday, April 4, and restricted short-term rentals from housing anyone other than...

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