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…………………………..

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…………………………….

Convenient clean up in Lakeview Meadows (BC)

Knowing that the best way to fight wildfire is to do the necessary work well in advance, homeowners in the new Lakeview Meadows community in Windermere decided to evaluate the landscaping around their properties. Residents of the community made a mutual goal to improve their resilience to potentially disastrous wildfires.     Read the article………………………………..

Condo Smarts: New regulations change contingency-fund contribution (BC)

Dear Tony: Our property manager advised us that our minimum contributions for our AGM will be effective Nov. 1, but we are holding our meeting on Oct. 25. With the increase of all operating costs, we were hoping to delay any contribution this year to offset significant increases in strata fees.   Read the Q&A…………………………………

Condo Smarts: How owners can petition to remove strata council (BC)

Q: What do we do if our strata council will not hold a special general meeting that the owners have petitioned? Our council continually violates our bylaws and the Act and fails to enforce bylaws. After firing our gardeners, they purchased landscaping equipment without the authority to spend the funds or terminate the contract.   Read the […]

City of Williams Lake extends state of emergency for Terra Ridge complex (BC)

The City of Williams Lake has renewed its State of Local Emergency (SOLE) for the Terra Ridge strata development at 500 Wotzke Drive.  Four of the 80 units in the complex were issued a ‘Do Not Occupy’ order on September 15 after the city received a concerning engineering report.    Read the article…………………………….

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

Q: 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.     Read the Q&A………………………………

Condo Smarts: How strata corporation votes are calculated (BC)

Q: Our strata corporation is a mixed-use of residential and retail. Since its opening in 2014, all the property owners showed up at the annual meeting, and each person was given a voting card, whether in person or an electronic meeting.   Read the Q&A……………………………..

Green Renovation For Condos: Canadian Trends And Innovations

As the world becomes more “green,” Canadians are staying on top of the trends in housing to make their condos as energy-efficient as possible. This goes especially for condos, where builders are able to create systems that affect multiple owners simultaneously.    Read the article…………………………….

B.C. strata council fight winds up at tribunal

B.C.’s Civil Resolution Tribunal has found a Vancouver strata council treated a member unfairly in removing him but said it can’t reinstate him as his term ended.  Read the article…………………………….

Condo Smarts: Commercial portion of strata can have more votes (BC)

Dear Tony: Out strata corporation is a mixed use of residential and retail. Since it’s opening in 2014, all the property owners showed up at the annual meeting and each person was given a voting card, whether in person, or shown in an electronic meeting.   Read the Q&A………………………………

3 Terra Ridge units in Williams Lake deemed unsafe, foundations shifting (BC)

Williams Lake residents living in three units at Terra Ridge have been asked to move out due to safety concerns, confirmed the city’s building inspector.  Gary Deane said the strata council at Terra Ridge hired a structural engineer to go through all 80 units at the development and provided the city with a copy of […]

Condo Smarts: Long-term planning a challenge for many stratas (BC)

Dear Tony: Our 14-floor building in Burnaby is experiencing chronic failures of our hot water. The strata corporation maintains, or rather avoids maintaining, our four boilers, which provide for hot water for the units. Heating is electric in each unit and each unit has a gas fireplace.    Read the Q&A……………………………….

City, condo associations working out cost-relief details (AB)

City billing officials are now engaging condo associations in Medicine Hat to extend a “cost-pressure relief” program to individual unit owners who pay bills via their condo fees, officials tell the News.  That program, passed last, week provides $800 over the next three months to residential – $2,000 for businesses – utility account holders on […]

Condo Smarts: Deductible provision not ‘catch-all’ (BC)

Dear Tony: Is a strata entitled to collect the amount of damages from an owner when the origin of the claim is from their strata lot? Our bylaws require an owner to pay for any strata insurance deductible when they have caused a claim, but does this also apply to a flood caused by the […]

Condo Smarts: Strata can prohibit outdoor cooking on balconies and decks (BC)

Dear Tony: Our neighbour recently had a fire in their barbeque. The damage to our two townhouses was siding, decks and extensive smoke damage as everyone had their windows open. Our home insurance is covering the damage to our personal property and interior of the strata lot, but the neighbour does not have home owner […]

Condo Smarts: A well-crafted alteration agreement is essential (BC)

Q: Our council permitted an owner to install a charging station and a heat pump in 2022. The owner has sold their unit, and the new owner has declined the use of the charging station but has accepted the continued use and obligations for the heat pump.  Read the Q&A……………………………..

An e-voting gaffe, a three-way tie and condo election chaos (ON)

An error attributed to an electronic voting platform for condominium corporations has unleashed chaos at a Toronto-area townhouse complex and is raising questions about the rules governing condominium election disputes.   Read the article………………………..

BC strata denied attempts to fine, kick out caregiving family member

A BC strata tried and failed in its attempt to fine an elderly resident’s family members and kick her caregiving grandson out of the property.  The Chilliwack strata levied $2,400 in fines, then went to the BC Civil Resolution Tribunal when the family didn’t pay. Instead, the Tribunal found it failed to make accommodations for […]

A Penthouse Owner Doesn’t Want To Share Amenities. He Developed The Building (BC)

In 2004, Concord Pacific submitted a development permit application to the City of Vancouver to build what is now called The Erickson, an 18-storey strata condominium building that sits on 1560 Homer Mews, right along False Creek.  The Erickson is equipped with an array of amenities that are common in luxury condo buildings: a theatre, […]