Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to transform the way we manage condominium properties in Ontario. By automating repetitive tasks, analyzing data, and predicting future needs, AI can streamline operations, reduce costs, and improve efficiency.
Utilizing the valuable time of a Senior Condominium Manager for tasks such as booking a party room or educating an owner on operational budgeting can be seen as inefficient. These tasks can be effectively handled by AI technology, allowing the manager to focus on higher priority responsibilities. AI will help to reduce the
In this post, we’ll explore how AI is changing condominium property management, and what the future might hold for this industry.
Booking Facilities: AI could be used to automate any repetitive task e.g. the process of booking elevators for move-ins, move-outs, booking party rooms and etc.The resident could then confirm the booking with a chatbot or voice assistant, without needing to contact the administrator or her assistant.
Maintenance Scheduling: One area where AI is already making an impact is in maintenance scheduling. By analyzing historical data, AI can predict when certain systems or equipment will need maintenance or repairs, allowing you to plan ahead and avoid downtime. This can save time and money, while also improving the safety and reliability of building systems.
Financial Management: AI can also be used to automate financial management tasks, such as budgeting, contract management, and expense tracking. By analyzing financial data, AI can identify areas where costs can be reduced, as well as alert you to any anomalies or discrepancies in financial records and specific accounts e.g. utilities. This can help you make faster and better financial decisions and reduce the risk of errors or even fraud.
Periodic Information and Status Certificates: Another area where AI can make a big difference is in generating information certificates for owners. By analyzing data from various sources, such as maintenance records and financial statements, AI can generate information certificates with the required information and send them out to owners automatically. This can save time and reduce the risk of errors or omissions.
Compliance Monitoring: AI can also be used to monitor compliance with the Condo Act, AODA, Ontario Fire Code, and other regulations. By analyzing data from various sources, such as maintenance records and safety plans, AI can alert you to any areas where you may be falling short of compliance. This can help you avoid fines and legal issues, while also improving the safety and well-being of residents.
Energy and Water Use Reporting: Finally, AI can be used to automate energy and water use reporting, which is required for buildings over 50,000 square feet under the EWRB initiative. By analyzing data from various sources, such as utility bills and maintenance records, AI can generate reports on energy and water use that comply with the initiative. This can save time and reduce the risk of errors, while also improving the sustainability of the building.
Looking to the future, AI has the potential to transform many other aspects of condominium property management, such as:
AI could be used to predict when equipment or systems are likely to fail, allowing for proactive maintenance and repair.
AI could be used to integrate various building systems, such as lighting, HVAC, and security, into a single, intelligent system that can optimize energy usage and improve resident comfort.
AI-powered chatbots and virtual assistants could be used to answer common resident questions and handle requests, reducing the workload on property managers and improving the resident experience.
CityTowers is preparing to offer tele-admin services for condominiums who can’t afford a full-time administrator. It’s . By leveraging the latest devices, software, services, and technology, they can provide remote support to help manage condominium communities efficiently and effectively.
AI is not only useful in automating repetitive tasks, but it can also be used to improve the quality of written communications and data analysis. With AI-powered tools, condo property managers can write responses, emails, and management reports faster and more efficiently, freeing up time to focus on other important tasks.
For example, AI-powered writing assistants like Grammarly can help managers catch errors and improve the clarity and professionalism of their written communications. Natural Language Processing (NLP) technology can also be used to analyze data from various sources, such as maintenance records, financial statements, and safety reports, to identify trends and insights that can inform property inspections and maintenance tasks.
Major Cloud-based technology providers such as Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Dropbox, Adobe Creative Cloud have already introduced AI to improve written communications and data analysis. CityTowers Property Management Inc. fully utilizes cloud-based and AI technologies as we use GCP or Google Workspace and GPT Workspace and AI Email Writer to streamline our written communication.
The CMRAO, which is responsible for regulating and licensing condominium managers in Ontario, has acknowledged the shortage of qualified managers in the province. To address this, they have recently launched an initiative to encourage more people to pursue careers in condominium management. However, even with increased interest and training opportunities, it will still take time for new managers to gain the necessary experience to be fully effective in their roles.
This is where AI can come in. By automating repetitive tasks and providing support and guidance to new managers, AI can help to bridge the gap between the current shortage of managers and the demand for their services. For example, AI chatbots can provide quick answers to common questions from owners and residents, reducing the burden on managers to respond to every query.
As AI technology continues to evolve, it’s likely that we’ll see even more innovative uses for AI in the condominium property management industry.