Category: Condo Management

The New Alberta Condo Act

The New Alberta Condo Act

People often joke these days about how “time is a flat circle,” but sometimes, that sentiment can feel truer to life than not – like when we heard that there was another Condominium Property Amendment Act in the works, just two years after the last one had passed.  That’s right – after a years-long push to […]

The Technicalities of Technical Audits

The Technicalities of Technical Audits

If you’re in any way familiar with condo maintenance or management, you’ll know that there are more audits and inspections out there than you can shake a clipboard at. While we don’t have time today to cover all the ins and outs of all the different reviews and investigations that condo corporations can make use […]

Straight Talk: Cutting Through the Condo Jargon

Straight Talk: Cutting Through the Condo Jargon

One of our core values here at Catalyst Condo Management Ltd is the belief in the steadfast importance of crystal-clear communication. Sometimes, though, in the need for expediency in communication, clarity gets lost along the way. Simple, straight-ahead language gets caught up in jargon that’s meant to be more precise or transparent, but that ends […]

The Future is Now: Condo Management Tools and Technology

The Future is Now: Condo Management Tools and Technology

Your condo building isn’t just a place to rest your head – it’s a place that an entire community of people call home. It’s also a business, managed and facilitated by individuals who need to be able to communicate quickly and reliably both with each other and with the larger condo community as a whole. After […]

The Long and Short of Short-Term Rentals

The Long and Short of Short-Term Rentals

As an Alberta condo owner, your unit is your property – so, it stands to reason that you should be able to do whatever you want with it (within reason [and taking local legal considerations into account!]), right? And you mostly can!   “Mostly” being the operative word there, of course.   Here’s the thing. […]

Location, Location…Personal Preference!

Location, Location…Personal Preference!

Location, location, location!    Sure, that might read like a bit of a condo real estate cliché at this point, but there’s a reason that mantra has guided the industry for decades now – and that’s because it’s true!   Just as with buying any type of property, location will always play a role in […]

Elevators Cost How Much to Maintain!?

Elevators Cost How Much to Maintain!?

Living in a condo building, we use our elevators without a thought – they’re a part of our everyday lives.  Reliable and convenient, it’s easy to forget that elevators are complex machines designed with our safety first and foremost in mind.  So, it may come as a shock to condo owners when they realize just […]

Condo Plumbing:  What Do I Need to Know?

Condo Plumbing: What Do I Need to Know?

Condo buildings are brimming with pipes.  We don’t often give them much thought, but just beneath our walls are networks of these conduits.  They carry the water we use to drink and bathe in, wastewater, and hot water that feeds our radiators and keeps us warm at night.  It may not be sexy, but plumbing […]

Finding the Right Fit with a New Condo Management Company

Finding the Right Fit with a New Condo Management Company

Breaking up is hard to do – but after much soul-searching and contemplation, you’re ready to move on. It’s time to find a new condo management company. Now, we know that this sort of thing is never easy. Getting out there, figuring out who’s who, even just knowing the right questions to ask – it can all […]

Using Your Reserve Fund – Without Reservations

Using Your Reserve Fund – Without Reservations

Every condo in Alberta has a reserve fund in place – ranging from your simple, straightforward reserve fund study to something more akin to a living, fluid program that Catalyst has been proud to help innovate on. That said, though, while you might know that your building has a reserve fund study, there’s a good […]

Fall is Here: Preparing Your Building for Colder Weather

Fall is Here: Preparing Your Building for Colder Weather

“Fall is here” might not have quite the same ominous ring to it as announcing that winter will soon arrive, but in the world of condo management, keeping an eye on the imminent approach of autumn is likely a better bet for your condo board to concern itself with.  After all, for many Alberta condo […]

Understanding Your Condo’s Heating System

Understanding Your Condo’s Heating System

Being an Alberta condo owner is by and large a pretty sweet deal. Sure, there’s the odd experience, bylaw, or noisy neighbour that might make your temperature rise just a wee bit (looking at you and your yippy little dog, Pam in 2B 👀), but on the whole, there really isn’t a whole lot we […]

What to Look for in a New Condo Management Company

What to Look for in a New Condo Management Company

When you’re searching for a new condo management company to help handle your rental property, it’s essential that you do your homework. Failing to choose a reputable, experienced management company could leave you facing issues like damaged property and unhappy tenants. You may have heard horror stories about companies that use less-than-adequate maintenance services or […]

Condo Fire Inspections: What Residents Need to Know

Condo Fire Inspections: What Residents Need to Know

Moving into a new condo is an exciting change. Between unpacking your belongings and decorating your new space, there’s a lot to think about. In the hustle and bustle, however, it’s easy to miss a few key details during your first week. One important step you don’t want to forget is becoming familiar with condo […]

What to Do If Your Smoke Detector Keeps Chirping

What to Do If Your Smoke Detector Keeps Chirping

We’ve all heard them. High pitched, excruciating beeps that happen every few minutes, like clockwork. No, you likely don’t have a cricket loose in your condo. Those ear-splitting chirps are coming from your smoke detector. Smoke detectors in condos can emanate these noises for a variety of reasons. One of the first things you’ll want […]

Condo Ownership Lessons From 2020: What Can We Learn?

Condo Ownership Lessons From 2020: What Can We Learn?

When COVID-19 was first documented in Canada on January 23, 2020, no one knew what to expect. In the weeks and months that followed Canadians did their best to gather information and adapt accordingly— but the impacts of the virus were far-reaching.  The real estate market was no exception.  By March, many cities (including those […]

The Ups and Downs of Snow Removal in Condo Communities

The Ups and Downs of Snow Removal in Condo Communities

Blizzards are an inevitable part of living in Alberta. In a province where the lowest temperature on record is an ultra-frigid -61.1 degrees Celsius, unpleasant winter weather is inescapable— and with it comes the trouble of snow removal. For condo owners and boards, in particular, snow and ice removal can be a sore point. Since […]

Tips for Hosting an AGM During COVID-19

Tips for Hosting an AGM During COVID-19

AGM season has arrived and much like everything else, it’s going to be a little different this year. Crammed auditoriums and meetings rooms are no longer an option, public health policies must be adhered to, and refreshments can no longer be served— among other changes. And if you’re like the many condo boards we engage […]

5 Ways to Strengthen Relations with Your Condo Management Company

5 Ways to Strengthen Relations with Your Condo Management Company

The relationship between condo boards and management companies is an integral part of what makes a housing community thrive. When property management companies disappoint tenants, it can be difficult to repair the relationship or move forward with unity and understanding— making day-to-day responsibilities more complicated for all involved. Fortunately, however, with a proactive and collaborative […]

The Importance of Consistent Communication Between Condo Boards and Management Companies

The Importance of Consistent Communication Between Condo Boards and Management Companies

Per Merriam-Webster, the definition of communication is: a process by which information is exchanged between individuals through a common system of symbols, signs, or behaviours. It also states that communication is: information communicated; information transmitted or conveyed. When it comes to the condo business, communication is paramount. And as stated in the definitions above, it’s […]

BUSTED! 5 Condo Myths About Edmonton Debunked

BUSTED! 5 Condo Myths About Edmonton Debunked

Every town has its own fair share of urban myths and legends, and Edmonton is no different. Is there some sort of structure that exists under West Edmonton Mall? Is the Legislature Building actually haunted? And what’s up with that weird fenced-in green space near Gateway Blvd that inexplicably has a bunch of deer living […]

A Year in the Life of a Proactive Condo Board Management

A Year in the Life of a Proactive Condo Board Management

Happy 2020 to condo owners, board members, and managers everywhere! New year, new you…new AGM? Chances are, you’re annual general meeting is scheduled in the near future. Are you 100% sure that you’re addressing and actioning the right opportunities to set your condo community, condo management, and condo corporation up for

Pushing “Pause” on Alberta’s CPA Amendments

Pushing “Pause” on Alberta’s CPA Amendments

It’s been just over a month since the long-awaited amendments to the Alberta Condominium Property Act (CPA) came into effect on July 1, so we thought this would be the perfect opportunity to take a bit of a look back on the changes that took place, how they’re being received, and if –

Know Your Property Management: Condo vs Townhome

Know Your Property Management: Condo vs Townhome

It seems that we’re making a bit of a theme here on this blog lately around answering questions that everybody seems to have, but that nobody wants to admit they don’t know about. For example, our last blog focused on sussing out the different responsibilities and expectations between condo boards and condo management companies.

Building Defenses Against Builder Negligence

Building Defenses Against Builder Negligence

Picture this… You’re a few years into your very first experience as a condo owner. You did your homework and bought a brand-new condo from a reputable builder. You scrimped and saved and were finally able to come up with that down payment, all in the name of being able to settle down comfortably

The Pros and Cons of Self-managing Your Condo

The Pros and Cons of Self-managing Your Condo

Are you somebody who really enjoys micro-managing things? Do you like biting off more than you can chew? Looking for a full-time job that pays absolutely nothing? Then have we got the gig for you: condo community self-management! Okay, okay. We’re having a bit of fun up there with our intro, but in reality, condominium

Clearing Confusion Concerning Condo Corporation Insurance Coverage

Clearing Confusion Concerning Condo Corporation Insurance Coverage

Generally speaking, when we imagine situations that might require taking out an insurance policy, the particulars are usually quite thrilling: travelling to far-off lands, for example, or taking part in any number of death-defying activities like skiing or white-water rafting. Even driving a car fits the bill, given the speeds and risks involved

Reserve Fund Studies and Your Condo Building

Reserve Fund Studies and Your Condo Building

February’s a funny month. It often finds condo board members torn between two conflicting desires. On the one hand, most folks are desperately looking forward to the end of winter and the return of warmer, sunnier weather. On the other, the imminent arrival of spring means that you’ll finally have to tackle those repairs highlighted

A Long Time Coming: Alberta CPA Changes are Here

A Long Time Coming: Alberta CPA Changes are Here

If you’ve been following this blog for any amount of time, you’ll know that we’ve been talking about amendments to the Alberta Condominium Property Act (or CPA) for a long, long while now. It might be hard to believe, but for as long as we’ve been chatting about these changes, the government’s been discussing them

How to Break Up with Your Condo Management Company

How to Break Up with Your Condo Management Company

Breaking up is hard to do – especially when it comes to your condo management company. Sometimes, though, it’s necessary to make a change, because just like that one boyfriend you had who insisted that flipflops DO SO count as “formal attire,” you deserve better. That said, it’s never easy cutting ties with the folks

Trends within the Calgary Condo Market

Trends within the Calgary Condo Market

It’s pretty clear that the Calgary Real Estate market is going through a change and discovering what it’s “new normal” will be as we come out of the downturn. After years of rapid construction, particularly with condominium buildings,

A Condo is More Than Buying Four Walls

A Condo is More Than Buying Four Walls

You’re moving into a condo – an experience unlike any other. While some may be of the belief that a condo is a condo is a condo, this is simply not the case. After all, buying a condo is different than renting an apartmentor living in a house with a yard of your own.

Condo Manager or Property Manager: What’s the Difference?

Condo Manager or Property Manager: What’s the Difference?

Condo Managers and Property Managers are not the same thing. There, we said it. While they are similar, there are clear differentiators that separate these two roles. It’s important that your condo board delineate the differences between the two services to ensure that you and your condo unit owners receive the proper service

Building Clarity on Condo Bylaws

Building Clarity on Condo Bylaws

A common condo owner / condo board discretion tale: a condo unit owner recently changed their washing machine in their suite. Unfortunately, as the individual unit owner replaced their machine, the hose used to connect to the water supply

Revolving door to your condo building?

Revolving door to your condo building?

How Airbnb and short term leasing affects your condo living Your condo unit is your home, so you should be able to do whatever you want with it (that’s legal, of course), right? Not so fast. Part of the role of your condo board is to ensure the security

How To Prevent Special Assessments?

How To Prevent Special Assessments?

Many Canadians think that special assessments are mandatory. However, that is not the truth. If you have a well-managed condo community, you can rely on your reserve funds as and when it is required. There are ways to prevent special assessments.