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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?

Strata Insurance: Understanding Coverage

Posted on Friday September 18, 2015

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.

Enforcing Strata Bylaws: A Guide from BC Housing

Posted on Tuesday September 15, 2015

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.

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