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Ontario Auditor General finds serious concerns over elevator safety

Posted in Bylaws / Regulations, Communications, Development, Elevators, Health & Safety, Housing, Industry Trends, Maintenance, Ministry Of Labour

Ontario Auditor General finds serious concerns over elevator safety

A scathing report from Ontario’s Auditor General raises serious concerns about the state of elevator safety in the province, but members of the industry say the public isn’t at risk. In her report, released Wednesday, Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk slams the agency that regulates elevators, the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) for poor oversight. She writes that in 2018, just over 80 per cent of elevators failed their TSSA inspection. “Most Ontario elevators and escalators are not...

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Average vacancy rate across Canada decreases to 2.4%

Posted in Appraisal, Bylaws / Regulations, CMHC, Communications, Development, Finance, Housing, Industry Trends, Legislation, Maintenance, Newsworthy, Real Estate Law, Rent Control, Tax Law, Tenancy Law

Average vacancy rate across Canada decreases to 2.4%

Average vacancy rate across Canada decreases to 2.4% According to CMHC, the average rental vacancy rate in major centres across Canada decreased from 3.0% in October 2017 to 2.4% in October 2018. Vacancy rates declined in Quebec, Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Atlantic provinces, while increasing by various amounts in centres in Ontario, British Columbia and Manitoba. CFAA President, John Dickie, says, “Despite low vacancy rates, the turnover rates show that there is adequate access to rental...

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CFAA OPEN CALL: Federal money for building retrofits


Posted in Association News, Bylaws / Regulations, Communications, Development, Events, Finance, Housing, Industry Trends, Legislation, Maintenance, Newsworthy, Professional Services, Restoration, Retrofit, Suite Renovations

CFAA OPEN CALL: Federal money for building retrofits


CFAA is lobbying the federal government to loosen the strings on retrofit grants and loans. Tell us what would lead you to take up the money! Email admin@cfaa-fcapi.org to tell us if you (or someone from your company) can attend a telephone conference call at any or all of these dates and times: Tuesday, December 4          2 to 3pm EST Thursday, December 6        11:30 to 12:30 EST Thursday, December 6        2 to 3pm EST We will fix one or two of those times for the call(s). Before the...

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Cannabis and the Code: Human Rights Commission releases new policy statement in advance of legalization

Posted in Bylaws / Regulations, Communications, Fire Safety, Health & Safety, Housing, Industry Trends, Insurance, Interior Building, Legislation, Maintenance, Newsworthy, Real Estate Law, Tenancy Law

Cannabis and the Code: Human Rights Commission releases new policy statement in advance of legalization

On October 11, 2018, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) released a new policy statement on cannabis and the Human Rights Code. The policy statement confirms that provincial smoke-free legislation prohibits smoking or vaping cannabis for a recreational or medical purpose in common areas of apartments and condominiums.  The Commission acknowledges that people can smoke, vape or consume edible cannabis for medical or recreational purposes inside apartments and condominiums unless there...

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Phasing in Energy Efficiency: Why Your Multifamily Building Needs Fixed Over Slider Windows

Posted in Communications, Exterior Building, Finance, Health & Safety, Industry Trends, Maintenance, Newsworthy, Utility Management

Phasing in Energy Efficiency: Why Your Multifamily Building Needs Fixed Over Slider Windows

The average aluminum window cannot outlast the economic life of an apartment building. As such, building owners will look at replacing their windows at least once within the building’s first 50 years of existence. The landlord benefits from energy savings due to less air leakage through the windows and tenants are able to live more comfortably with a more air tight seal. Aluminum sliding windows are being phased out for a window that captures the best of both worlds: great ventilation and even...

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Rent Increase Guideline for 2019 is 1.8%

Posted in Appraisal, Bylaws / Regulations, Communications, Finance, Housing, Industry Trends, Maintenance, Newsworthy, Real Estate Law, Rent Control, Suite Renovations

Rent Increase Guideline for 2019 is 1.8%

The rent increase guideline is 1.8% for increases between January 1 and December 31, 2019.  This is the maximum a landlord can increase most tenants’ rent during a year without the approval of the Landlord and Tenant Board. The guideline applies to most private residential rental units covered by the Residential Tenancies Act. In most cases, the rent for a unit can be increased 12 months after: the last rent increase a tenant first moves in A tenant must be given written notice of a rent...

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What are tenants’ rights under proposed marijuana laws?

Posted in Bylaws / Regulations, Communications, Fire Safety, Health & Safety, Housing, HVAC / Mechanical, Industry Trends, Insurance, Interior Building, Janitorial, Legislation, Maintenance, Newsworthy, Real Estate Law, Utility Management

What are tenants’ rights under proposed marijuana laws?

With the federal government’s announcement to legalize recreational marijuana by October 2018, landlords across Canada have been raising concerns about marijuana use in rental units. Many landlords want to prohibit tenants from growing and smoking marijuana on their properties, but one lawyer says it may not be so easy. Bob Aaron, a Toronto-based real estate lawyer, said that just like with cigarette use, landlords may not be able to prevent all tenants from smoking marijuana inside their...

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Court cases, rent strikes…are Toronto tenants rising up?

Posted in Appraisal, Bylaws / Regulations, Communications, Development, Finance, Housing, Industry Trends, Legal, Legislation, Maintenance, Newsworthy, Real Estate Law, Rent Control, Tax Law, Tenancy Law

Court cases, rent strikes…are Toronto tenants rising up?

Unlike many tenants in Toronto, Jim McCarthy isn’t mad about yet another tall tower that’s popping up in his backyard. He has lived in an apartment at 45 Dunfield Ave. for nearly 20 years, and when Shiplake Properties Ltd. came up with a proposal two years ago for two new purpose-built rental towers in the area, he and other tenants figured they had to fight back. “The height of the buildings, the fact that they were going to be in our backyard, essentially taking away our visitors parking and...

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RentMoola and BMO announce next generation PAD solution.

Posted in Communications, Finance, Housing, Industry Trends, Maintenance, New Products, Newsworthy, Payments Processing, Professional Services, Technology

RentMoola and BMO announce next generation PAD solution.

RentMoola has launched its next generation pre-authorized debit payments (PAD) solution designed specifically for the property management industry. In partnership with BMO Financial Group (BMO), RM PAD+ digitizes the pre-authorized debit enrolment for monthly rent payments. The paperless solution eliminates the need for forms and void cheques. It works with any Canadian banking partner and allows the tenant to pay with any payment method, from anywhere. RM PAD+ combines RentMoola’s...

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Affordable Housing In Canada In Crisis As Rental Rates Climb, Supply Dwindles

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Affordable Housing In Canada In Crisis As Rental Rates Climb, Supply Dwindles

VANCOUVER — Joanna Fletcher lives in a one-bedroom apartment on Vancouver’s east side with her 10-year-old son. The building has mice and mould, and her new landlord is threatening eviction. While she has plenty of reasons to leave, Fletcher says she’s fighting to stay for as long as possible because she can’t afford anything else in the area and leaving would mean disrupting her son’s school year. “It’s not just like I can pick up and go, there isn’t...

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