Government Proposes Changes to the Residential Tenancy Act

Government Proposes Changes to the Residential Tenancy Act Alex J. Chang, Associate Phone:  604-685-1255 Email:  ajc@lmlaw.ca   The newly elected NDP government has introduced Bill 16 to amend the Residential Tenancy Act (RTA) and related legislation. The proposed changes are mainly a response to the use of move out clauses by some landlords as a […]

Strata Alert: City of Vancouver approves new short-term rental regulations – What you need to know

City of Vancouver approves new short-term rental regulations – What you need to know Amanda M. Magee, Associate Phone:  604-685-5438 Email:  amm@lmlaw.ca   The City of Vancouver has approved new regulations that will allow for short-term rentals under certain conditions. A “short-term rental” is the rental of a residential dwelling unit (i.e. a home, or […]

Strata Alert: The CRT Clarifies How to Manage Conflicts, Repairs and Renovations for Strata Corporations

The CRT Clarifies How to Manage Conflicts, Repairs and Renovations for Strata Corporations Alex J. Chang, Associate Phone:  604-685-1255 Email:  ajc@lmlaw.ca   We recently successfully assisted the residential section of a strata corporation in the Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT) case of Page v. Section 1 of The Owners, Strata Plan NW 2099, 2017 BCCRT 84 […]

Strata Alert: Handling Nuisance Records Requests under Section 36 of the Strata Property Act

Strata Alert: Handling Nuisance Records Requests under Section 36 of the Strata Property Act   Paul G. Mendes, Partner Phone: 604-685-4894 Email: pgm@lmlaw.ca   Lahrkamp v. MTCC No. 932 Ontario gets a lot of things wrong.  The Toronto Maple Leafs, and the misspelling of that team’s name immediately come to mind.  But sometimes the folks […]

Recovering Rent From A Commercial Tenant

Recovering Rent From A Commercial Tenant Alex J. Chang, Associate Phone:  604-685-1255 Email:  ajc@lmlaw.ca   A landlord has multiple options to collect rent from a commercial tenant in default. However, these options may be more or less favourable depending on the lease and the economic circumstances of the parties. Taking advantage of one remedy may […]

When should a property owner conduct a contaminated site investigation?

If you own real property and you would like to sell it, or you are contemplating a rezoning application, or re-development, you should be aware of your responsibilities under the Environmental Management Act (“EMA”), which regulates contaminated sites in British Columbia. You may be required to prepare and submit a site profile and if necessary, […]

Remediation Cost Recover Actions

If I have incurred remediation costs to clean up contamination on my property, can I recover those costs? The answer is a resounding yes.  Any person, who incurs reasonable costs of remediation of a contaminated site, has the right to sue in court to recover those costs from all ‘responsible persons’.  This is called a […]

Strata Alert: What if you held a strata council meeting and nobody came? Dealing with an Improperly Constituted Strata Council

Strata Alert:  What if you held a strata council meeting and nobody came? Dealing with an Improperly Constituted Strata Council  Omnicare Pharmacy Ltd. v. Strata Plan LMS 2854, 2017 BCSC 256 Paul G. Mendes, Partner Phone:  604-685-4894 Email:  pgm@lmlaw.ca   Better yet, what if you held a strata council meeting and everyone came except for […]

Strata Alert: BC Court of Appeal reaffirms that a strata corporation’s duty to repair common property includes bringing common property “up to code”

BC Court of Appeal reaffirms that a strata corporation’s duty to repair common property includes bringing common property “up to code”. Frank v. The Owners, Strata Plan LMS 355, 2017 BCCA 92 on appeal from Frank v. The Owners Strata Plan LMS 355, 2016 BCSC 1206   Paul G. Mendes, Partner Phone:  604-685-4894 Email:   pgm@lmlaw.ca […]

Strata Alert: Evicting a Troublesome Tenant under the Strata Property Act

  Evicting a Troublesome Tenant under the Strata Property Act Paul G. Mendes, Partner Phone:  604-685-4894 Email:  pgm@lmlaw.ca     Sections 137 and 138 of the Strata Property Act permit a strata lot owner or a strata corporation to evict the tenant of a strata lot for a “repeated or continuing contravention of a reasonable […]