CFAA Announces 2018 Finalists in its Rental Housing Awards Program On Tuesday, May 15, CFAA will recognize the winners of its third annual Rental Housing Awards Program at the CFAA Awards Dinner 2018 in Vancouver. The winners will include leading
landlords, rental employees, rental housing suppliers and an apartment association for achievement of the year. All the finalists are great examples of excellence.
Here are the finalists in the various categories.
New Product or Service of the Year This award recognizes a rental housing supplier who has launched an innovative product or service which has proved very useful to rental housing providers. This new service or product has demonstrated innovation, usability, and value for the rental-housing industry.
The Flowie Water Sensor is affordable and can be installed without a plumber or tools. It protects landlords against leaks, freezing pipes, running water and floods, by sending alerts to a cell phone, even during power outages.
The Certn Tenant Screening Platform uses artificial intelligence to infer personality traits and values of individuals from email, text messages, tweets and social profiles, as well as from risk relevant databases, to provide sophisticated tenant screening. Certn even works for people with little or no credit history.
Gryd XR App enables landlords to advertise their properties using experiential, next generation Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality technologies. Users feel as if they are inside a property, remotely from anywhere using a VR headset.
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Off-Site Employee of the Year This award recognizes an individual off-site employee, nominated by their employer, who has demonstrated excellence and professionalism in the rental-housing industry. Tracy Silliphant, National Leasing Representative at Killam Apartment REIT (Charlottetown)
Jack Cabral, Inside Maintenance Supervisor at Sifton (London)
Dawn Morrison, Supervisor, Landlord Tenant Department at Skyline (Guelph)
On-Site Employee of the Year This award recognizes an individual on-site employee, nominated by their employer, who has demonstrated excellence and professionalism in the rental-housing industry.
Property Manager of the Year This award recognizes a property manager, nominated by their employer, who has demonstrated excellence and professionalism in the rental-housing industry.
Dhaljit Dharival, Site Manager at CAPREIT (New Westminster)
Sam Rombough, Senior Property Manager at CAPREIT (Victoria)
Dana & Gheorghe Ardelean, Resident Managers at Hollyburn (Vancouver)
Caroline Armstrong, Property Manager at Devon Properties (Victoria)
Vijay Govindraj, Building Manager at Sifton (London)
Theresa LapensĂŠe, Operations Manager at Sifton (London)
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MAY 2018 Thank you to the sponsors of Rental Housing Conference 2018! The Canadian Federation of Apartment Associations would like to thank all the generous companies that sponsored CFAA Rental Housing Conference 2018 and helped make the conference a success!
Principal Conference Sponsor
For a full list of conference sponsors, including contact information, check your conference manual, or visit www.CFAA-RHC.ca.
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NATIONAL OUTLOOK Renovation of the Year This award recognizes a company which has achieved excellence in the renovation of an existing rental-housing building, or a building being converted into a rental building.
Village Green â€“ 40, 50 Alexander St & 55 Maitland Street, Toronto by Greenrock
201 Sherbourne St, Unit 1801, Toronto by MetCap
Jasper Heights â€“ 10049 103 Street NW, Edmonton by Starlight
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Rental Development of the Year This award recognizes a company which has achieved excellence in the development of a new rental housing project. Each finalist for this award has demonstrated outstanding design, curb appeal, amenities, environmental quality, efficient use of space and functionality.
The Duke – 333 East 11th Ave, Vancouver by Edgar Development and Woodbourne Capital
The Residences at Grasslands – 4830 Gordon Rd, Regina by Altern/Deveraux
Maple – 1583 Hollis St, Halifax by Southwest Properties
Association Achievement of the Year This award recognizes an apartment association which has successfully launched an innovative campaign or initiative of great usefulness to rental housing providers, or successfully opposed a government proposal detrimental to the rental sector. Conclusion CFAA thanks the many applicants, and judges, who made the CFAA Award Program possible. For more information about CFAA or its Awards Program, contact: Jeremy Newman at 613-235-0101.
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NATIONAL OUTLOOK Cannabis changes best addressed in BC
federal submission), the BC government introduced legislation on April 26 to take a similar approach. All existing leases that ban tobacco smoking are deemed to ban cannabis smoking. All existing leases are deemed to ban cannabis growing.
Different provinces have taken different approaches to the legalization of cannabis as explained in detail starting at page 14. However, the province which has best respected the interests of landlords regarding cannabis is British Columbia.
Nova Scotia has enacted legislation to allow landlords to amend their leases to prohibit smoking and growing cannabis, but tenants will have the right to end their leases. In Quebec, landlords can amend their leases, but if they do, tenants may be able to back out. Saskatchewan has also given landlords new power to ban cannabis.
By John Dickie, CFAA President
Under the division of powers in Canada, the federal government makes criminal law, while the provinces legislate concerning property and civil rights, including landlords’ and tenants’ rights and obligations. In making cannabis legal, the federal Parliament is making it no longer a crime to possess small amounts of cannabis, or to grow up to four plants per dwelling. However, just because those acts are no longer crimes does not mean they can be done anywhere and anytime, regardless of other rights. All across Canada, landlords can make rules about how tenants use their rental units and what tenants do in their rental units. The enforcement of those rules is easier in some provinces than others, and there can be limits on the making of new rules. In the background too is the fact that most landlords do not currently have rules against smoking or growing cannabis, because the criminal law banned smoking and growing cannabis. The rules were in place, but not found in the landlords’ leases. As CFAA stated months ago, the ideal provincial add-on to the legalization under criminal law, would be to amend residential leases to ban smoking and growing cannabis. That was the situation before legalization, and so that change would best respect peoples’ existing obligations and rights. Then when new leases are made, the tenant and landlord can agree on the cannabis rules that will apply to their new agreement. Thanks to the skillful lobbying of LandlordBC, and consistent input from MHPOA (using CFAA’s
In Quebec, as well as Manitoba, all home growing is being banned. CFAA certainly accepts that approach, although home growing in owner-occupied single family homes is not a major concern for us as rental housing providers.
The Cannabis Bill at the Senate In recent committee hearings at the Senate of Canada, CFAA has lined up with other groups who favour a complete ban on home growing, since that seems to be the only way we might still get a Canada-wide ban on growing cannabis in rental units. Before CFAA presented, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) told the committee that “the current [Cannabis] Bill includes the provision for home growing and cultivation, as if this was a necessary endeavour to legalize cannabis and make legal consumption available. ...It is a misguided element that ... [should] be scrapped from the law.” CFAA agrees wholeheartedly that being able to buy marijuana in retail stores or by postal orders through the internet will make it readily available to both recreational and medical users, so that home growing is unnecessary. CFAA also made the point that whether or not home growing is allowed, the Bill needs to be amended to impose a limit on the amount of cannabis that can be stored in private dwellings, in addition to limiting possession in the public sphere, as the Bill does now.
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