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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.

Strata Annual Maintenance Planning Infographic

A maintenance plan is a great tool for organizing and discussing a Strata Corporation’s property repairs and maintenance.

Posted on Friday August 12, 2016 read more

YouTube Videos: Annual Maintenance Planning for Strata Corporations

Learn about annual maintenance planning for your strata corporation by watching the following videos from a recent seminar hosted by FirstService Residential. The seminar was led by guest speakers Sean Ingraham (Managing Broker for FirstService Residential BC) and Gerry McRobert (Senior Regional Director at FirstService Residential BC).

Posted on Friday August 05, 2016 read more

Did You Know? Water Damage

Did you know that most units have up to ten or more water connections, including the washing machine, dishwasher, refrigerator/ice maker, bathtub, shower, sprinkler heads, hot water tank, faucets and more? Each of these connections has the potential to leak. If your unit is found to be the source of a leak that causes water damage, you may be held responsible.

Posted on Thursday June 30, 2016 read more

Did You Know? Washing Machines

Did you know that malfunctioning supply hoses for your washing machine can result in some of the most common water damage claims filed by homeowners? Water can discharge at a rate of up to 500 gallons per hour, causing devastating losses to your home and any adjacent units.

Posted on Thursday June 23, 2016 read more

Did You Know? Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms can help save lives. When a fire occurs, smoke spreads quickly, silently, and without warning. Did you know that 60% of fire related deaths occur in homes without smoke alarms or in homes with smoke alarms that don’t properly function?

Posted on Thursday June 16, 2016 read more

Property Management Tip - Calculating the Notice Period for Your Strata’s General Meeting

Have you ever wondered about how the notice period for your strata corporation’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) or Special General Meeting (SGM) is calculated? How does the 2 weeks’ notice mentioned in the Strata Property Act turn into twenty days? Read this article for answers.

Posted on Tuesday March 08, 2016 read more

PowerPoint Presentation: Strata Corporations & the Role of the Strata Council

On January 21, 2016, the Canadian Condominium Institute (CCI) hosted a seminar in Burnaby, British Columbia on the topic of the Powers and Duties of a Strata Corporation & the Role of the Strata Council. Download the PowerPoint inside.

Posted on Wednesday February 03, 2016 read more

YouTube Video: Understanding Strata Bylaws

Learn about enforcing bylaws at your strata corporation by watching the recent presentation hosted by FirstService Residential. The seminar was led by guest speakers Sean Ingraham (Managing Broker for FirstService Residential BC) and Jamie Bleay (Lawyer at Access Law Group).

Posted on Tuesday February 02, 2016 read more

Infographic: Enforcing Strata Bylaws

All strata corporations have bylaws. Bylaws affect a strata lot owner’s rights and responsibilities and how a strata corporation operates. Strata corporations can have bylaws which can: establish quiet hours, ban smoking in common areas, allow certain types of pets, restrict the rental of residential units, or even specify the type of window coverings.

Posted on Monday January 04, 2016 read more

Did You Know? Sprinkler Heads

It is extremely rare for sprinkler heads to spontaneously burst but do you know what to do in the event one does? Read these helpful tips to prevent any major damage from the sprinkler heads in your unit.

Posted on Monday December 14, 2015 read more

Strata Solutions: How Councils Can Deal with AirBnB-Type Rentals

With more and more people offering their homes for short-term vacation rentals, what can strata councils do about it? Let our experienced strata property management team explain.

Posted on Wednesday November 25, 2015 read more

New Amendment to BC’s Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT)

Introduced to you last issue, Canada’s first online tribunal, BC’s Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT), was created to increase access to justice for British Columbians by helping you resolve strata property and small claims disputes fairly, quickly and affordably from your home computer or mobile phone. Now just passed in May is BC’s Civil Resolution Tribunal Amendment Act, which carries a number of significant changes directly affecting strata corporations.

Posted on Tuesday October 13, 2015 read more

Organic Waste Restrictions: What You Need To Know

On January 1, new legislation came into effect that requires food waste to be separated from regular waste. This legislation applies to all organic waste. It’s not exclusive to strata corporations but applies only to Metro Vancouver (though is likely to be rolled out across the province in the future). How does the new legislation affect strata corporations?

Posted on Friday October 02, 2015 read more

Repaint – and Be Satisfied.

Remember when you last painted your living or dining room, your entrance hallway, den, kitchen, or another room in your home? It felt so great just looking at the finished work, even before the furniture was moved back into place. That new colour scheme you selected – the clean, unmarred baseboard and molding that set off that room so well? The bright white ceiling that highlighted the whole space? But it’s been a few years. How do you know when it’s time to repaint?

Posted on Tuesday September 29, 2015 read more

What Goes Into Strata Fees?

Condo living has its perks: amazing urban locations close to public transportation, being part of a community without having to do yard work or home maintenance, enjoying amenities like fitness centres, party lounges and pools at your doorstep. Just don’t forget that those perks come at a price – a monthly strata fee. What are strata fees and how are they determined?

Posted on Thursday September 24, 2015 read more

Strata Insurance: Understanding Coverage

Did you know that only 40 percent (estimated) of BC homeowners have personal insurance? This figure is even lower for tenants. Whether living in the unit or as an investor, unit owners should always make sure their personal assets and liabilities are adequately protected by their own personal insurance policy.

Posted on Friday September 18, 2015 read more

Enforcing Strata Bylaws: A Guide from BC Housing

There are seven main areas to remember when enforcing strata bylaws. This article from BC Housing explains what you need to know to enforce your strata bylaws.

Posted on Tuesday September 15, 2015 read more

How Are Short-term Rentals Evolving? And Will It Affect You?

As the short-term rental market changes with new services to accommodate short-term renters what does this mean for your Strata?

Posted on Friday July 17, 2015 read more

FirstService Residential Educates 200 Purchasers About Home Ownership at Intracorp Info Session

FirstService Residential, the leading residential property management company in Greater Vancouver, helped educate more than 200 homeowners about the closing process for their new condominium units at Intracorp’s information session for its new "Silver" development.

Posted on Thursday April 09, 2015 read more

Eight Essentials Things to Know About Strata Councils

When it comes to strata councils, they serve several important functions. It is important that residents and council members alike are clear on what these functions are. After all, full transparency is integral to a happy strata community.

Posted on Friday March 20, 2015 read more
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