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Time for a review of the Strata Property Act

     Over the years strata owners and strata associations have asked the BC Government for a review of the Strata Property Act.   There are too many sections in the act that are ambiguous and need to be tightened up for the sake of strata owners who find themselves in a quagmire of opinions from strata councils and strata managers who have their own best (financial) interests at stake.   When the liberal government changed the act to allow the developers to set the rental restrictions, this may have helped with increasing rental units, but it opened up other issues where owners (Landlords) of multiple units stacked the strata councils with their own cronies... Yes it is long past due for strata owners input.. Read Article

Christmas Story

Every year we receive requests to publish the strata Christmas Story.  The story begins in December 2005 when we received our November Strata Council minutes for Chelsea Court from Teamwork Property Management.   On the very last page was the following entry:  Read more »

 

Veronica Zeng

Stratawatch is pleased to announce Veronica Zeng to our Strata Management Ratings & Review Committee.   Veronica is a strata council member and owns a number of condo's in the Vancouver area.  She brings with her a wealth of information on dealing with strata managers and strata councils.  Veronica also earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of BC with her major being chemistry.  We look forward to working with Veronica.

 
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Strata lawyer preparing class action lawsuit against Airbnb

Vancouver -   Vancouver strata council member and lawyer Polina Furtula is preparing a class action lawsuit against Airbnb.   As many strata owners have complained to stratawatch that many of these rentals are unauthorized and they cause a great deal of angst amongst owners who purchased their condo's for their own enjoyment and not as fly by night hotels.   As one owner said that many condo purchasers are not living in their units they are renting these out to people who they know nothing about.   According to the Strata Property Act, every owner or tenant is registered with the Strata Corporation, and the strata council and management company know who these people are... with Airbnb we know nothing about who these units are rented to and this brings in a issue of security.

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Strata Advocate Retires

Deryk Norton has announced his retirement as the Strata Advocate.   Deryk moved to BC after he retired from the Alberta Government and purchased a bareland strata property on Vancouver Island, he soon discovered the problems with living in a strata so he worked tirelessly over the past 12 years to advocate the rights of strata property owners in the province.   His website built at his own expense urged strata owners to lobby their MLA's for changes in the strata property act.   Deryk also volunteered his time as a member of the Vancouver Island Strata Owners Association, where he wrote many articles dealing with the pitfalls of strata property ownership, he was a guest on many local radio talk shows when strata issues were the subject of the day.  We would like to thank Deryk for his volunteer work advocating the rights of strata owners.   Deryk and his wife have moved back to Alberta to spend time with their grandchildren.  We would like to thank Deryk for his hard work and devotion to the British Columbia strata property owners.   

 

Strata Manager Fined $10,000

Rod Mackay Managing Broker of Maude McKay Property Management was fined by the Real Estate Council of BC $10,000.00 for contravening the Real Estate Services act.  This is the highest fine enforced by RECBC on any strata manager since licensing began in 2007. Read more»

 
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Small Claims under $5,000 Coming to the CRT on June 1, 2017

Victoria -   Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT) as of June 1 2017 will be accepting Small Claims disputes under $5,000.00. This is good news for Strata Corporations who have been holding off on collecting strata owner debts under $5,000.00. Read more »

 
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Premier Clark ends Real Estate Self Regulation

Victoria -   Premier Christy Clark announced today that government will end the industry self-regulation in the real estate industry and overhaul governance, oversight, transparency and accountability of the sector. “After reading the report, our conclusion is that the privilege of self-regulation in the real estate industry must end,” Premier Christy Clark said. “This report examines shady practices and challenges plaguing the real estate market, particularly in the Lower Mainland, putting consumers at risk and tarnishing the reputations of honest professionals in the sector. We will act to protect British Columbians when they are making one of their most important family investments – purchasing a home.” Strata Property Managers are also licensed through the Real Estate Council of BC... this is welcome news to all strata property owners. Read more »

 
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Civil Resolution Tribunal is now accepting Strata Cases

Victoria -   Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT) is now accepting strata disputes for resolution as part of our early intake plan. This means that you can now file an application for dispute resolution with the CRT using our online intake form. There are significant limitations and benefits to using the CRT’s early intake for strata claims. For more information, Read more »

 
Linda Taphorn

Crossroads P.M. President and Vice President Disciplined

Surrey -   Crossroads Property Management Ltd., Gerry Blanchard President and Linda Taphorn Vice President have been disciplined by the Real Estate Council of BC for professional misconduct. Mr.Blanchard, Ms Taphorn and Crossroads were assessed a total of $5,750.00 in fines.  Snippet: The Strata President, instructed Ms Taphorn to not attend the meeting.   Ms. Taphorn was acting contrary to instructions by attending the meeting.  Read more »

 
Guide Dogs

BC's Guide Dog and Service Dog Announcement

Victoria -   Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton announced that British Columbia’s new Guide Dog and Service Dog Act will come into force on January 18, 2016.  Corresponding changes to the Strata Property Act will also come into force on January 18, 2016.   Strata owners, occupants, tenants and visitors will be able to have their certified guide dog or service dog on strata premises, regardless of tenancy agreements or strata bylaws restricting or banning pets.  Read more »

 

SPABC Founder Passes Away

Vancouver -   Kevin Thom executive director and founder of the Strata Property Agents of BC (SPABC) passed away October 24, 2015 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Kevin was a charismatic man who was also the Managing Broker at Peninsula Strata Management.   Kevin had spent much of the past 20 years in the strata property arena, he was also the former owner of Teamwork Property Management.   Our condolences to the Thom Family and his co-workers.  Celebration of Life service were held at Peace Portal Alliance.

 

Strata Manager out of Control

Chilliwack -    On the evening of October 11, 2011 the Chilliwack RCMP attended the 5900 Blk of Vedder Road, after a 911 call was received from the Grace Arbor Strata Council.   The RCMP were informed that Mr. Hackett the Strata Manager and Mr. Hensman owner of Teamwork Property Management were trespassing.    According to strata council, Teamwork Property Management had been fired by the owners at a SGM held October 7. Read more »

 

Bullies on Council

Ms. Gerard a condo owner residing in White Rock B.C.   She was invited to write an article on the bullying going on in her building.   Unlike a Strata Corporation, Ms. Gerard's building is a Limited Company and instead of a strata council they have a board of directors that must comply with the Companies Articles of Incorporation, the Articles in the Shareholders Lease and the Articles in the Business Corporation Act of B.C.   Read more »

 

Strata Property Agents of BC President Reprimanded

Vancouver - Rick Dickson, managing broker, Aware Property Advisors Inc., North Vancouver, entered into a Consent Order with the Council that, while licensed with Ascent Real Estate Management Corporation, Burnaby,in October 2009, he committed professional misconduct, by paying money out of a brokerage trust account without instructions from the Strata Corporation, the sum of $37,132.10 to a supplier in satisfaction of a supplier’s invoice, without instructions of the principal.   Mr. Dickson is also the President of the Strata Property Agents of BC. 

 

Strata Management Survey

Vancouver Island Strata Home Owners Association conducted a survey online on the Strata Management Companies in British Columbia.

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