Condo board's blog keeps residents in the know


Deborah Howden Head ShotAn engaged board of directors can lay the foundation for healthy condo governance, Toronto condominium lawyer Deborah Howden tells

One director is the president of the board of a 479-unit condo in the city and operates a blog that provides updates on the board’s activities and the building's day-to-day operations.

As well as giving residents a front-row seat to negotiations with vendors and matters of interest in the building, the blog also attracts a broader following from readers across the province who use it as a resource.

Howden, a partner with Shibley Righton LLP's Toronto office, says the blog’s content reflects the board’s hands-on approach, one that she says is unusual in corporations of a similar size.

“Directors of smaller corporations tend to be more engaged because they may not have an on-site property manager,” she says. “Whenever you have a high-rise with lots of units and underground parking, it comes with a certain amount of daily issues that are often left to a management company. But this board is very involved in the day-to-day running of the corporation, alongside management.

“Every condo community is unique, so they all have different needs, but here is a model where the duties aren’t completely carved up between the directors and the property managers. In my view, it creates a really balanced, healthy relationship,” she adds.

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