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The latest advice, commentary and opinions from our contributing authors on current issues faced by strata home owners and strata councils in British Columbia.

Top 5 Bylaws to Watch Out For When Purchasing a Strata Property

Buying a condo? The legal doctrine of caveat emptor (i.e. “let the buyer beware”) continues to apply to real estate transactions in British Columbia and can have the effect of denying the buyer a...

Planning for Renewals

Knowing your Renewals Renewals: A renewal plan leads to on-going remediation projects, major repairs and replacements – and differs from a rehabilitation or renovation – as the latter are associated with premature failure due to...

A Pandora’s Box of Strata Disputes?

In July 2016, the long-awaited Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT) opened its doors to the first wave of strata disputes. The CRT’s goals are ambitious, to say the least. It is the world’s first online...

Buying a condo– and inheriting a tenant

Are you buying a condo, where a tenant currently resides? Residential tenancies are ongoing and often long-term relationships between a landlord and their tenant. So, what happens when a new owner comes in? Upon purchasing...

Airbn-be gone! Dealing with short-term accommodations in strata buildings

You and your neighbours are original owners and occupants of a strata building in downtown Vancouver. You pride yourselves on the sense of community, tranquility and good will that has been built over the...
Loopholes in Strata Rentals

Loopholes in Strata Rentals

Landlords who hope to rent out strata lots in strata corporations have long been on the look-out for rental restriction bylaws.  Anyone planning to rent a strata lot or purchase one should carefully examine...