Responsibilities of a Condo Board of Directors
Being a board member is a great opportunity to take an active role in your condominium community and be surprisingly rewarding.
Good governance should be a key objective that all Condo Boards strive for. Owners elect a Board of Directors to oversee the business affairs of the condominium corporation. The day-to-day operations and administration of the corporation are often delegated to the property management company. A condominium’s bylaws govern how the condominium corporation is run. Rules, often referred to House Rules & Regulations focus on the day-to- day concerns of condominium living and vary from condominium to condominium.
These rules may be very strict or very relaxed depending on the nature of the corporation, but they help ensure that the condominium is a safe, pleasant and attractive place to live. Rules also spell out what the rights and obligations are as an individual owner. The Condominium Property Act is the provincial legislation that sets out what matters can be covered by bylaws, and sometimes the rules. All bylaws and rules must be consistent with this legislation. If you are looking to join the board of directors, you should be prepared to meet regularly to conduct condominium business.
Meetings typically occur once a month, though they can happen more or less frequently. The board of directors must ensure the corporation is run in compliance with the Condominium Property Act. A Board is typically comprised of 3 to 7 members that are elected by the owners at the Annual General Meeting. Terms are generally outlined in the bylaws and quite often, terms are 1 year. Consideration should be given to staggering the appointment of new members to achieve terms from 1 to 3 years, so that no more than half of the Directors are being replaced or re-elected in any given year. This assists with succession and the transfer of knowledge to new board members.
Emerald Management & Realty, Ltd., a Calgary-based company, provides condominium management services in addition to their services provided to rental property investors who own apartments, single-family homes, commercial buildings, and single-unit condos. Recognized for its effective management style, Emerald Management & Realty, Ltd., oversees all building functions,including the administration and operations duties of condominium corporations in collaboration with condominium boards of directors. Please contact us
for more information about the condominium management services we provide to Condominium Corporations to condos located in Calgary, Airdrie, Strathmore, High River and Canmore, Alberta.
Security is everyone’s responsibility. Please help yourself and your neighbors stay safe in your homes by considering some of the following basic safety measures in your house, condo or apartment building:
- If you don’t know them … don’t let them in! No one should follow you in the front door and/or into the parkade without request. The same applies to your intercom or your own personal front door: if you don’t know them – don’t let them in. If you see someone that doesn’t belong, please take note. Contractors should all have identification and able to show this to you — we can’t imagine anyone that would mind providing proof when respectfully asked if they belong in the building or on the property.
- Check the locks. Make sure that doors lock after you’ve entered or exited. Further, check your window locks to make sure they work properly. Make sure that your doors and windows are left locked at all times.
- Meet the neighbors. Residents who know the people in their building or on their block, are better able to spot strangers. Being familiar with neighbors also makes it easier to look out for one another by watching a neighbor’s space or pets when they are gone
- Get a safe. If a burglar gets into an apartment, condo or house, a secure safe may be the only other way to protect valuables. Safes can be purchased in a variety of sizes and for varying prices. Using a safe is also great for hiding possessions in smaller areas around the apartment.
Suspicious activity should always be reported to the non-emergency police line at 403-266-1234. If a break in is imminent and/or in progress – call 911. If you have been broken into, please report it to the police – call 911 and let your property manager know what has taken place. Being mindful of the above steps along with the awareness of surroundings, can go a long way in the prevention of crimes and property break-ins.
Three Ways to Maximize a Small Space Using Furniture
With more than four decades of experience in the arena of property management, Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. maintains a range of condominium, commercial and residential properties in Calgary, Canada.
Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. encourages residents and tenants to decorate their spaces to make them feel more at home. For those living in small spaces, home decorating can seem daunting when trying to maximize every square foot. However, with a little creativity a small space can be attractive, comfortable, and functional.
Looking to maximize a small space? You might want to consider:
1. To maximize the space of a small home, consider purchasing pieces that can be used in multiple ways and that offer storage. For instance, some kinds of ottomans can be used as either a footstool or a coffee table while doubling as storage for blankets or other items.
2. When considering furniture purchases, make sure to measure the space before shopping to determine the correct size of your new furnishings. Buy items that actually fit the space; otherwise they overpower the room and make it look even smaller than it already is.
3. Finally, don’t forget about vertical spaces. Pieces that extend toward the ceiling, like bookshelves, lighting, and art pieces, redirects the focus of the room and can make the space appear more spacious. Taller shelving can also provide additional storage and added functionality to a smaller space.
Whether you live in a cozy studio apartment or want to get more out of a small room or cozy nook, these simple three tips can help create the feeling of more space regardless of the size of your home.
IKEA Bed Storage provides a functional solution by keeping items tucked away but still close at hand (photo credit IKEA).
Thank you for your nomination for the Reader’s Choice Best in Business Award (Property Management) for service to the communities of Strathmore, Langdon & Chestermere!
The Reader’s Choice Best in Business Awards project was created by The Newsy Neighbour Magazine three (3) years ago, with sponsorship and support from the Town of Strathmore, the Strathmore Chamber of Commerce, the City of Chestermere, the Chestermere Chamber of Commerce and the Langdon Community Association.
We are excited to have sponsored the Best Pizza Award this year and offer a big shout out of support to all the nominees up for consideration!
All of us at Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. are proud to be worthy of the recognition and to have been chosen as demonstrating the efforts deserving of the nomination.