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Strata Alert: BCSC Confirms that “strict compliance” required for court approved windups under the Strata Property Act

Strata Alert:  BCSC Confirms that “strict compliance” required for court approved windups under the Strata Property Act   Paul G. Mendes, Partner Phone:  604-685-4894 Email:  pgm@lmlaw.ca   The Owners, Strata Plan VR 1966, 2017 BCSC 1661 Ever since the Provincial Government amended the Strata Property Act last July to allow for easier strata windups, developers and […]

Strata Alert: Civil Resolutions Tribunal issues an injunction against an owner with mental illness

Strata Alert: Civil Resolutions Tribunal issues an injunction against an owner with mental illness   Paul G. Mendes, Partner Phone:  604-685-4894 Email:  pgm@lmlaw.ca   The Owners, Strata Plan LMSXXXX v. DB, 2017 BCCRT 117 Strata councils and strata managers must occasionally deal with owners who are mentally ill.  The BC Human Rights Code prohibits discrimination […]

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 […]

Strata Alert: The Benefits of Periodic Bylaw Review

The Benefits of Periodic Bylaw Review Amanda M. Magee, Associate Phone:  604-685-5438 Email:  amm@lmlaw.ca A recent decision from the Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT) highlights the importance of having your strata’s bylaws reviewed to ensure that they are enforceable. When a strata updates its rental restriction bylaw, the bylaw is often passed as an amendment rather […]

Strata Alert: BC Supreme Court upholds ban on short term rentals

Strata Alert: BC Supreme Court upholds ban on short term rentals HighStreet Accommodations Ltd. v. The Owners, Strata Plan BCS2478, 2017 BCSC 1039 Paul G. Mendes, partner Phone: 604-685-4894 Email: pgm@lmlaw.ca The BC Supreme Court dealt a blow to the short term accommodation industry in BC last month when it upheld a strata’s right to […]

Employer Alert: Does your employment contract meet the minimum standards of the Employment Standards Act?

Employer Alert: Does your employment contract meet the minimum standards of the Employment Standards Act? Robert J. Lesperance, Partner Phone: 604-685-8737 Email: rjl@lmlaw.ca   Wood v. Fred Deeley Imports Ltd. 2017 ONCA 158 Employers should always ensure that they enter into written employment contracts with their employees. One of the key reasons is the ability […]

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 […]