This third issue of our newsletter will be devoted to fact that many of the suites with wood floors are NOT
practical Management and Board matters. Please keep following this rule in our building. Were this matter to
this newsletter so that you can refer to it when needed. come to court, the suite with no carpeting or carpeting
that does not meet the 65% requirement would lose.
People need to sleep and have the right to the quiet
enjoyment of their suite.
Carpeting should be placed strategically, for instance,
to cover areas where you walk, especially in the
evening and at night. Such areas might be around your
bed and between bed and bathroom. Or to cover areas
________ Do you have wood floors? on which a lot of objects fall: many residents complain
about hearing their neighbours drop objects on their
Wood floors are a huge problem in this building and wood floors. It does make a tremendous thump below!
Management and Board receive a large number of
complaints from neighbours below who can't sleep at Never walk with hard heels or high heels on wood
night or who are upset because they hear too many floors in your suite; your neighbours below hear a loud
sounds in the evenings. Please remember that this toc-toc-toc... It is like torture!
building, like most new buildings, is not properly sound
insulated. Developers are following the Building Code Did you know that, when your furniture, especially
of Ontario in this respect but this Code is outdated: the dressers, are placed right on your wood floor, when you
materials that builders are now using do not absorb open a drawer and shut it close, people below you hear
noise and noise is transmitted freely from one floor to it very loudly?
the next. Developers are permitting hard wood floors
as a selling feature while knowing fully well that their Did you know that when your television or DVD player
buildings are not designed to withstand the noise sits directly on your wood floor, people below and even
transmission from wood floors. This is why they put the next to you hear it loud and clear?
“65% carpeting” rule in the Declaration.
Therefore, it is a good idea to put furniture that has
________________________________Consequences drawers, television sets and DVD players on a piece of
carpeting. This piece of carpeting will help absorb the
The end result from a community perspective is that noise--it will not eliminate it completely, however.
many neighbours are upset at each other because they
can hear their upstairs neighbours' noise--especially at Did you know that when you move a chair and it makes
night. In most cases, it is not the fault of neighbours: a scratching sound, it is heard below? A suggestion is
the problem is with the quality of the construction. It is to put felt pads under the legs of your chairs and
thus regrettable that this situation pits neighbour against armchairs. These pieces of felt can be bought at
neighbour. Canadian Tire, Staples or Loblaws (one brand name is
FELTAC). They will also protect your floor against
Rule #30 in the Declaration clearly states that suites with scratches.
wood flooring should have 65% carpeting. We know for a
Note: The larger units, on the upper floors have two
Tips to reduce noise water shut offs in two separate bathrooms. Check both
pollution from suite to suite
Please take a minute to familiarize yourself with the
1. Do not slam shut your windows at night because this location of these valves and keep the “T” shaped key in
noise wakes up your neighbours below, above you, and an easy-to-remember place. This is the only way you can
next to you. stop a flood, should a pipe burst in your unit. It is a good
2. Avoid putting a TV or DVD player directly against idea to do a “practice run”!
the wall that separates your unit from the one next to
yours. If you do not have a ║ key, let us know and we will be
3. Do not have loud conversations in the corridor, happy to provide you one at cost.
especially not in front of your neighbour’s door.
4. Loud conversations in your suites at night are
often heard by your next-door neighbours!
Many of our residents – owners & tenants alike – do
Did you know not carry insurance for their apartment & contents.
that there is a Noise By-Law in Toronto?
You must carry insurance; it is required by the
Toronto has a noise by-law. No one should make noise Declaration. For around $180 - $300 per year, for
after 11:00 p.m. and before 7:00 a.m. in residential basic insurance, you not only comply with the
areas. (This includes yelling shouting and loud requirements, but buy yourself peace of mind.
conversations as well as loud music and television) We
strongly enforce this by-law at the Boulevard and repeat Your insurance responsibilities, as a unit owner, are,
offenders can be prosecuted. The Police does lay and not limited to, the following:
charges and the penalty is in excess of $100.
For your own condo unit, including furniture,
clothing, rugs, paintings, etc. and all improvements
such as wallpaper, special paint, all flooring,
How to shut countertops, etc.
Personal effects stored in the locker.
off the water for repairs and emergencies For personal liability – anything arising from your
personal activities causing injury.
When you have purchased your unit, you were given a
brass ║ shaped key. This key closes the main hot & Deductible under the Corporation’s insurance
policy if loss is a result of an act or omission on
cold water valves in your unit. The shut-off valves are
located under the bathroom sink, behind 2 round
chromed plates on the wall.
Step 1. Locate and remove the chrome plates _ Services from
covering the valve. your Corporation and Superintendent
Step 2. Insert the ║ shaped key into the opening and Should your toilet be plugged, call the Management
turn clock-wise to turn off water. Office and our superintendent, Yovany, will be happy
to attend to it during his regular hours, from 7 a.m. – 3
Step 3. Open your taps (kitchen & bathrooms) and p.m. week days, at a cost of $30 paid to the
make sure that no more water comes out of them. Corporation. Calling a plumber would cost you around
Step 4. Turn counter-clockwise to restore water and put
plates back on.
Should you require Yovany’s services after hours for
small jobs such as painting, minor repairs, plant All letters addressed to the Board of Directors remain
watering when your are not here or picking up your confidential and are passed on unopened. They, should
mail, contact the Management Office to set up an however, be signed.
appointment. Yovany’s hourly rate is $30 paid directly
to him, with a minimum of $5 for a brief visit, and work
is done after 3 p.m. _______________ Guest Suites
Our two hotel-quality guest suites are booked “solid” in
the summer and if you are going to have guests, book
Water leakage and going away? early to avoid disappointment. The cost is $69 per night
with a $200 security deposit.
If you have had or are still having water coming
through around your windows or balcony doors, make Contact the Management Office at 416-226-5469 to
sure that a friend checks your unit after a rain when you check for availability.
go away. OR, let Management know of your departure
and Yovany, our superintendent, will check the
windows free of charge.
____________ Garbage & Recycling
Everyone is reminded to double-bag their garbage to
____________Just some Energy Tips prevent leaks and push it down the chute.
Love your thermostat! When you leave home turn Please, do not use the garbage chute after 10:00 p.m.
down the heat or the air-conditioning. There is no point
in heating or cooling an empty apartment! Recycle everything you can and bring it to the recycling
area located on the main floor service corridor next to
Do not use your dishwasher’s “heated dry” cycle. the moving elevator. This includes pizza boxes, pop
cans, and liquor bottles. Do not leave anything on the
Rinse with cold water instead of warm or hot, when floor of the chute rooms.
doing your laundry.
Please flatten all cartons and do NOT put them down the
Turn off your lights when you are not at home. Hydro chute because the chute gets plugged; when this occurs, we
went up in April by 25%! have to pay for a technician to do the repairs. Large items
should be brought to the garbage room.
______________ New Office Hours
Monday 1:00 p.m.. - 4:00 p.m. _ ___ __ _ Still smoking?
Tuesday 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. When enjoying a cigarette on your balcony or on our
Thursday 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. beautiful grounds, please extinguish your cigarette and
Friday 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. place the butts in an ashtray or in the receptacles
Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. provided. Never throw your butts over the balcony
railing; it can land on a flammable material, cause a
The office telephone has voice mail and you may also fire, and seriously harm someone.
reach Management via fax or email.
This newsletter was prepared by Anne-Marie Ambert and
Georgetta Semlyen.. Translation by Linda Johns.
Tel: 416-226-5469 Fax: 416-226-2418
Email: TheBoulevard@rogers.com Metropolitan Toronto Condominium Corporation No. 1377
188 Doris Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M2N 6Z5
Tel: (416) 226-5469, Facsimile: (416) 226-2418
When the office is closed, you may leave correspondence for Theboulevard@rogers.com
the Management or Board with the Concierge.