Strata Alert: Stratagize Podcast – Balancing Efficiency And Informed Decisions: Exploring The Impact Of The Civil Rights Tribunal On Resolving Strata Matters

Lesperance Mendes’ Alex Chang was recently a guest on the Stratagize podcast where he shared his knowledge and experience concerning the Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT).
Download the episode here or wherever you get your podcasts. Here are the show notes:

In this episode, Brent and James meet with Alex Chang, partner at Lesperance Mendes and delve into the intriguing world of the Civil Rights Tribunal and its effect on resolving strata matters. While the tribunal’s approach is lauded for its quick and efficient justice, there are concerns that the decisions reached may not always be well-informed. Council members are presented with essential insights and considerations to navigate this complex landscape.
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🛠 CRT decisions are quick & dirty and may not be as well informed and the normal rules of evidence do not apply.
🛠 A common mistake is a strata council responding to a claim on their own without assistance of a lawyer.
🛠 Tip when writing a CRT claim is to ensure that what you are seeking is clear. If the order is not clear the CRT might not be able to enforce that order.
A strata council cannot enlist a lawyer to assist them with their response.
A strata lawyer can assist the strata in the background with many aspects of the process up to drafting the full response they can copy and paste.
Lesperance Mendes has been representing and advising British Columbia strata corporations, strata owners, and strata managers since 1997. To find out more about our strata property law practice, contact any member of our strata property law practice group: Paul Mendes, Sat Harwood, Alex Chang, or Amanda Magee.