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Fitness tips for fall and winter: turn chores into a game, join the community activities, use the stairs and visit your condo gym daily

Fitness tips for fall and winter: turn chores into a game, join the community activities, use the stairs and visit your condo gym daily

  ​Fitness buffs rarely like to sit still for very long. Even during the colder months, active people can be found in gyms across the country. Fall fitness does not have to be limited to weight-lifting and squats, however. The following is a list of indoor and outdoor activities that are sure to get your… Continue Reading

Flu season is almost on us: tips from Doctors; washing frequently; flu symptoms; and the flu vaccine

Flu season is almost on us: tips from Doctors; washing frequently; flu symptoms; and the flu vaccine

​As the temperature drops and the seasons change, a growing number of people prepare to get their annual flu shots. Influenza is a contagious respiratory virus, and those who do not get the flu vaccine are at risk for catching it. Unlike other vaccines, it needs to be administered annually, as each year’s flu strain… Continue Reading

​Tenant Verification Services’ “Bad Tenant Database” allows landlords and condo owners can search tenant history

​Tenant Verification Services’ “Bad Tenant Database” allows landlords and condo owners can search tenant history

Landlords across Canada have been vocalizing concerns over problematic tenants for years. Faced with issues such as damaged property and rental income loss, these landlords and property managers have requested a “bad tenant registry” to assist them in keeping their buildings safe and hassle-free. ​The Tenant Verification Service has recently granted that request, launching its… Continue Reading

Easter can be dangerous for pets and children: lilies, ham and chocolate can be toxic

Easter can be dangerous for pets and children: lilies, ham and chocolate can be toxic

Easter can be dangerous for young children and pets if condo owners display seasonal Easter lilies and other flowers. Also topping the list of easter cautions for pets in particular: ham is dangerous for cats and dogs and can cause pancreatitis tasty packaging: good foods with tasty smells can be ingested by pets, leading to choking… Continue Reading

Ontario to target real estate "scalpers" with "responsible reforms" to help cool rises in home prices

Ontario to target real estate "scalpers" with "responsible reforms" to help cool rises in home prices

As expected, Finance Minister Charles Sousa announced that pending Ontario government intervention will target speculators — an attempt to help ordinary buyers and sellers. He emphasized that the Ontario government would not be targeting real estate agents who facilitate bids. In his remarks to journalists at Queen’s Park, he compared speculators to “scalpers” who grab… Continue Reading

Ask the Lawyer: Richard Hoffman replies to a reader concerned over a fire caused by a resident with dementia

Ask the Lawyer: Richard Hoffman replies to a reader concerned over a fire caused by a resident with dementia

By popular demand, Condo.ca, Canada’s Condominium Magazine, is pleased to bring back “Ask the Lawyer.” We invite readers to submit their condo related questions to Richard Hoffman, a lawyer with DelZotto, Zorzi LLP, practicing in the area of condominium law. Do you have a question for Richard? Please reach out to us through our contact… Continue Reading

Home starts in Toronto at 253,720, highest level since September 2007

Home starts in Toronto at 253,720, highest level since September 2007

Against projections of 215,000 housing starts in Canada, the actual rate for March 2017 landed at 253,720 (seasonally adjusted.) This is considerably up from projected numbers, and significantly up from 214,253 in February, as reported by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation CCMHC).[1] Previous years seasonally adjusted annual rates were 197,915 for 2016 and 195,535 for 2015.… Continue Reading

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