Condo Smarts: Vigilance required to counter Facebook comments (BC)

Dear Tony: Our strata corporation is struggling with a Facebook page created by an owner that is publishing incorrect information about our major construction project. It has resulted in several potential purchasers walking away from our strata, and a supplier has demanded we pay 50% of our material cost before they will agree to supply […]

Condo Smarts: Even smaller stratas need electric planning report (BC)

Dear Tony: With the new regulations that require strata corporations of 5 units or more to have electric planning reports completed, will this apply to a small townhouse or bare land strata like ours which is only 14 units in Delta? With single detached units where each home has its own panel and meter, why […]

Still haunted on first anniversary of Vaughan condo building mass murder (ON)

John Di Nino still sees the barrel of the gun pointing right at him.  His wife Doreen lies crumpled on the vestibule floor of their penthouse condo, their disgruntled neighbour Francesco “Frank” Villi having just fired at her face, the bullet slamming through her jaw and out the back of her neck, knocking her to the […]

B.C. strata fined newborns’ parents for increasing occupancy

Christina James and Matt Rowland lived in Fairview Village complex, but shortly after their first child was born, the strata board notified the couple they were in violation of its occupancy bylaw and began levying fines for the violation, according to a B.C. Civil Resolution Tribunal decision.     Read the article……………………………

New strata development regulations streamline EV charging station installations in B.C.

British Columbia has introduced new regulations that will facilitate the installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in strata developments.  Effective Dec. 6, these changes are aimed at supporting the transition to a low-carbon future and adapting to climate change, according to a recent press release from the Ministry of Housing.    Read the article……………………………..

B.C. strata renter denied doorbell camera

B.C.’s Civil Resolution Tribunal has rejected a Langley man’s bid to have a doorbell camera at his strata unit.  Brodie Thompson rents a strata lot and had installed a doorbell camera without the strata’s approval.   ead the article……………………………

Downtown Windsor condo building residents get heat restored after nearly 3 months (ON)

The heat is back on in units at Royal Windsor Terrace in the city’s downtown, according to the building’s property manager.  It’s been roughly three months since a van fell into a downtown hydro vault, affecting the building’s heat because of a large power outage for much of Windsor’s core.    Read the article…………………………….

Condo Smarts: Don’t be deceived by a property owner’s disclosure (BC)

Dear Tony: We purchased our first condo in Richmond back in August 2022. At the time we received the recommended documents by our realtor of a Form B Info Certificate, which included the depreciation report completed in 2022. We mistakenly assumed this was the complete report on building conditions, and did not pursue this any […]

Time’s up for some short-term rentals in B.C. as new housing rules transform scene

Nancy Paine’s short-term rental business is dead in the water.  As co-founder and CEO of Victoria-based Superhost, Paine said she had been at the forefront of the Airbnb revolution for seven years, acting as a “liaison” for homeowners needing help with the logistics of running a listing on the accommodation site.   Read the article……………………………..

Condo Smarts: Surveillance causes concern for condo owners (BC)

Q: I live in a condo building in the Okanagan. There is an ongoing dispute with our strata council over the type and frequency of surveillance imposed on owners, tenants and visitors. Our strata council has introduced a number of cameras, not all of which were disclosed to owners and residents, that record the access to […]

Condo Smarts: Strata must establish bylaw for surveillance (BC)

Dear Tony: I live in a condo building in the Okanagan and there is an ongoing dispute with our strata council over the type and frequency of surveillance imposed on owners, tenants and their visitors in our community.   Read the Q&A………………………………

Condo Smarts: All stratas must file proper address (BC)

Dear Tony: Our strata corporation missed out on a notice relating to a lawsuit because we did not have the current address filed in Land Titles. We were totally unaware of this requirement, and our current management company did not provide us with any directions. We are a multi-building 220-unit strata corporation in Richmond and this […]

Burnaby condo owner loses strata battle over unopenable window (BC)

Cole Balachanoff said a floor plan shows a certain window in his Brentwood apartment should open, but it doesn’t. He told the Civil Resolution Tribunal the strata should replace the window with an openable one or give him a $10K break on strata fees.    Read the article………………………….

Noce: How liable is condo corporation for water damage loss? (AB)

Question: I am the president of our condominium complex. There was a water loss in a third-floor unit that caused water damage in a number of other units. The owners in the damaged units were asked to vacate while the condominium corporation repaired the units.   Read the article…………………………….

Crown stays charges of bid rigging in condo renovations (ON)

A high-profile criminal case of alleged bid-rigging in the condominium refurbishment business has collapsed amid issues of court timing and concerns about the original search warrant application.   Read the article…………………………….

Condo Smarts: Strata faces decisions after total building loss to fire (BC)

Q: Our strata in the North Okanagan was a total loss during the fires this summer. We have received a settlement payment from the insurance company for the loss, and owners are wondering what comes next. Do we rebuild, shut down the strata corporation and disperse the funds to everyone, or are there other options, […]

Condo Smarts: What are options after a total strata loss? (BC)

Dear Tony: Our strata in the North Okanagan was a total loss during the fires this summer. We have received a settlement payment from the insurance company for the loss, and owners are wondering what comes next. Do we rebuild, do we simply shut down the strata corporation and disperse the funds to everyone, or […]

Burnaby owner loses strata battle to save beloved Christmas spruce (BC)

Qian Wang told the Civil Resolution Tribunal she and her daughter enjoy the little evergreen in front of their townhouse ‘especially at Christmas’ but the tribunal has ruled the strata can cut the tree down at will to protect a retaining wall from its roots.   Read the article………………………………..

Condo Smarts: B.C.’s short-term rental rules apply to owners, not stratas

Dear Tony: Our strata council is quite confused over the recent legislative changes for short-term rentals. We have been advised that we are going to be responsible for reporting the number of short-term units and who owns them, but we cannot find anything that indicates a strata council will have any duties.    Read the Q&A…………………………..

Condo Smarts: Strata can seek court ruling to force needed repairs (BC)

Dear Tony: I live in a 38-unit apartment-style condo building in East Vancouver. Our building ownership has slowly turned over to investors with less than 50% resident owners. The roof on our building is almost 19 years old, and the top floor units have all experienced water damage from the failing membrane.    Read the Q&A……………………………….

Condo Smarts: Strata act clear on petitioning council (BC)

Dear Tony: What do we do if our strata council will not hold a special general meeting that has been petitioned by the owners? Our council are continually violating our bylaws, the Act and failing to enforce bylaws. After firing our gardeners, they have purchased landscaping equipment without the authority to spend the funds or […]

B.C. owner must pay strata $13K in RV parking dispute

B.C.’s Civil Resolution Tribunal has ordered an owner to pay $13,193 in fines and legal costs in a dispute about him parking a recreational vehicle (RV) on bare strata property.   Read the article……………………………..

Condo Smarts: Strata has right to limit short-term accommodations (BC)

Dear Tony: After five years of noise, security issues and damages, our owners have finally passed a bylaw that prohibits short-term accommodations. We set the limit to be anything less than 30 days for a single use, which allows for owners in our building to negotiate home exchanges and house sitters while they are away […]

“Slammed doors”: BC woman sues strata after being tormented by relentless fighting

An eye-popping case at the BC Civil Resolution Tribunal that involved domestic abuse found a strata owing one of its residents a lot of money…….Though the strata tried to intervene, the fact that TM continued to complain for months left the tribunal with the conclusion that the “strata did not act reasonably.” Read the article………………………………..

BC resident sued strata, claiming it passed rules to harass her

A BC resident struggling with her building’s strata decided to sue it, claiming that it had passed rules specifically to harass her.  Kanwaljot Gill claimed that the strata, which governed a townhouse property she co-owned, would enforce the rules inconsistently and unfairly strictly against her.   Read the article…………………………..