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You’ll find some of the recent articles about FirstService Residential in British Columbia and our impact in the Metro Vancouver market here.

YouTube Video: Required Strata Maintenance - Fire & Life Safety (Including Elevators)

Watch part 6 of 16 of our video series on Maintenance Planning for Strata Corporations by FirstService Residential. 

Posted on Tuesday December 13, 2016 read more

Strata Corporation Wind-Ups

In July 2016, amendments made to the Strata Property Act lowered the voting threshold for dissolving a strata corporation from a unanimous vote to 80%. Some buildings in Metro Vancouver are finding it beneficial to conduct a strata wind-up rather than incur large expenses over time from costly repairs and maintenance. Winding up a strata corporation, however, is an intricate process, and great care should be taken to ensure a successful dissolution.  

Posted on Friday December 09, 2016 read more

YouTube Video: Required Strata Maintenance – Generator Testing

Watch part 5 of 16 of our video series on Maintenance Planning for Strata Corporations by FirstService Residential.   

Posted on Wednesday December 07, 2016 read more

YouTube Video: Required Strata Maintenance – Roof Anchors

Watch part 4 of 16 of our video series on Maintenance Planning for Strata Corporations by FirstService Residential.   

Posted on Wednesday November 30, 2016 read more

YouTube Video: Required Strata Maintenance – Backflows

Watch part 3 of 16 of our video series on Maintenance Planning for Strata Corporations by FirstService Residential.

Posted on Wednesday November 23, 2016 read more

PowerPoint Presentation: Airbnb in Strata Corporations

On November 17, 2016, the Canadian Condominium Institute (CCI) hosted a strata educational seminar on the topic of Airbnb in Strata Corporations.

Posted on Tuesday November 22, 2016 read more

YouTube Video: Required vs. Regular Maintenance for Strata Corporations

Watch part 2 of 16 of our video series on Maintenance Planning for Strata Corporations by FirstService Residential. 

Posted on Wednesday November 16, 2016 read more

YouTube Video: Introduction to Maintenance Planning for Strata Corporations

Watch part 1 of 16 of our video series on Maintenance Planning for Strata Corporations by FirstService Residential.

Posted on Wednesday November 09, 2016 read more

Energy Savings for Strata Corporations

Using high-efficiency utilities will save you money, shrink your environmental footprint and qualify you for as much as $45,000 in FortisBC Energy Efficiency Rebates.

Posted on Wednesday October 19, 2016 read more

Professional Management of Investment Properties

Smart investors use professionals like FirstService Residential to manage their rental properties – and for good reason.

Posted on Monday October 17, 2016 read more

The Benefits of LED Lighting for Strata Corporations

Using less than 12 percent of the power of incandescent bulbs while lasting far longer, LEDs can significantly brighten your bottom line. Smart stratas are already converting.

Posted on Friday October 14, 2016 read more

PowerPoint Presentation: Common Property and Limited Common Property

On September 24, 2016, the Canadian Condominium Institute (CCI) hosted a Strata educational seminar at UBC Robson Square in Vancouver on the topic of Common Property and Limited Common Property. Read more to download the PowerPoint. 

Posted on Wednesday September 28, 2016 read more

Electric Vehicles in Strata Corporations

Electric cars are fast approaching. Will your strata have the charging stations to cope?

Posted on Wednesday September 28, 2016 read more

Short-Term Rentals in Strata Corporations

Despite still being (officially) illegal, short-term rentals in the Lower Mainland may be here to stay. Here’s how to deal with them.

Posted on Monday September 26, 2016 read more

Smoking in Strata Corporations

Conflicts between smokers and non-smokers are on the rise. Here’s how to prevent a full-blown inferno.

Posted on Tuesday September 20, 2016 read more

FirstService Residential’s Maintenance Planning Guide Featured in the Vancouver Courier, Richmond News, and REW.ca

FirstService Residential’s guide on annual maintenance planning for Strata Corporations has been shared by the Vancouver Courier, Richmond News, and REW.ca. 

Posted on Thursday August 25, 2016 read more

The Importance of Homeowners Insurance

Up to 60 percent of strata home owners in the Greater Vancouver Regional District lack insurance. A good policy will protect your biggest asset and help you keep your head above water.

Posted on Wednesday August 24, 2016 read more

Did You Know? Electric Space Heaters

Did you know that electric space heaters are involved in thousands of residential fires each year? As such, nearly 32% of all home heating fires, and 79% of all fatal home heating fires, are caused by portable electric space heaters.

Posted on Wednesday August 17, 2016 read more

Everything You Need to Know About Vancouver's New Foreign Buyer Tax

The introduction of Vancouver’s new 15% tax on international buyers, implemented with the goal of slowing the rise of housing prices in Metro Vancouver, applies to all foreign nationals purchasing real estate in the Metro Vancouver area. 

Posted on Tuesday August 16, 2016 read more

Did You Know? Sewer Line Clogs

Did you know that flushing foreign objects down toilets can cause major backups and losses by preventing the passage of material through the piping system? If a foreign object was flushed down your toilet, you can trying snaking it from the drain, but be careful not to push the object further along. If snaking doesn’t work, it is advised that you contact a plumber.

Posted on Monday August 15, 2016 read more
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