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Did You Know? Smoke Alarms

Posted on Thursday June 16, 2016

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?

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

Posted on Tuesday March 08, 2016

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.

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

Posted on Wednesday February 03, 2016

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.

YouTube Video: Understanding Strata Bylaws

Posted on Tuesday February 02, 2016

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).

Did You Know? Sprinkler Heads

Posted on Monday December 14, 2015

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.

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

Posted on Wednesday November 25, 2015

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.

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

Posted on Tuesday October 13, 2015

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.

Organic Waste Restrictions: What You Need To Know

Posted on Friday October 02, 2015

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?

Repaint – and Be Satisfied.

Posted on Tuesday September 29, 2015

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?

What Goes Into Strata Fees?

Posted on Thursday September 24, 2015

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?

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