Let’s Be Honest – The Franchisor’s Duty to Disclose

 Let’s Be Honest – The Franchisor’s Duty to Disclose Alex J. Chang, Associate Phone:  604-685-1255 Email:  ajc@lmlaw.ca     The new BC Franchises Act that came into effect on February 1, 2017 imposes duties of disclosure on franchisors to prospective franchisees.  This requirement is the central protection for franchisees under the new Franchises Act. A […]

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 […]

Co-Ownership Agreements and the Partition of Property Act

Co-Ownership Agreements and the Partition of Property Act By Alex Chang, Associate with Paul G. Mendes, Partner                                                                            Alex […]

Let’s Get Together – The Right of Franchisee’s To Associate

 Let’s Get Together – The Right of Franchisee’s To Associate Alex J. Chang, Associate Phone:  604-685-1255 Email:  ajc@lmlaw.ca   As set out in a previous article, section 4 of the new BC Franchises Act guarantees the right of franchisees to associate with other franchisees and to form or join an organization of franchisees. Provisions in […]

Let’s Be Fair Here – Interpreting the Duty of Fairness in Franchisor-Franchisee Relationships

Let’s Be Fair Here – Interpreting the Duty of Fairness in Franchisor-Franchisee Relationships Alex J. Chang, Associate Phone:  604-685-1255 Email:  ajc@lmlaw.ca   The new BC Franchises Act came into full effect on February 1, 2017. As set out in a previous article, section 3 of the new BC Franchises Act confirms the existence of a […]

Insurance for Crane and Shoring Easement Agreements: A Cautionary Tale

By Alex Chang Phone: 604-685-3567 Email: ajc@lmlaw.ca Developers requesting crane or shoring easements over a neighbouring properties will typically offer an insurance policy. However, sometime not enough attention is paid to whether the insurance will provide the owner of the property granting the easement the kind of coverage and peace of mind they should expect. Such […]

BC Court Questions Bulk Cable Contracts for Stratas

The Owners, Strata Plan LMS 2223 v. Tsubota et al, unreported This is an unreported decision from last spring that questions the ability of strata corporations to enter into bulk contracts for the provision of utilities such as a cable or internet services to strata lots. The strata filed a petition against the registered owners […]