Strata Alert: Top 5 Issues For New Strata Corporations – #3 Amounts Owing By Developer for Expenses

This ongoing countdown series of Strata Alerts reviews the five most urgent matters a new strata corporation should address. The first article in this series discussed the importance of owners taking control of the… […]

Presentation: Discrimination, Bullying & Harassment in the Workplace

Join Lesperance Mendes Lawyers for a presentation on discrimination, bullying and harassment in the Workplace. This presentation is best suited for executives, managers, supervisors and HR personnel and space is limited….[…]

Strata Alert: Court of Appeal Clarifies Rights of Owners to Control Limited Common Property

In Stratton v. Richter, 2022 BCCA 337, Lesperance Mendes won a victory for our clients in the Court of Appeal, securing their right to the exclusive use of a deck designated as limited common property (LCP) for their strata lot… […]

Terminating your Employee for No-Show is a No-Go: What Employers can Learn from Wong v. Polynova Industries Inc.

By Naomi Rozenberg Phone: 604-685-3911 Email: nrr@lmlaw.ca Consider this scenario: Your employee says he is not feeling well and will be taking a few days off work. After a few days, however, the employee does not report to work. Days turn into weeks, and he is still a no-show. You try calling him, but you […]

Strata Alert: Top 5 Issues For New Strata Corporations – #2 Collecting Records

With everything seeming new and shiny, many buyers can enter a honeymoon period with their new strata corporations. Many may also be preoccupied with moving and settling in. However, there are many issues that a new strata corporation should deal with early on to avoid running into trouble later…. […]

Strata Alert: Bill 44 To Prohibit Rental Restrictions, Limit Age Restrictions and Allow Electronic General Meetings

The provincial government has introduced Bill 44 – 2022: Building and Strata Statutes Amendment Act, 2022. The bill released on November 21, 2022, has three objectives relevant to strata councils, managers, owners and lawyers:
1. Rental restrictions bylaws will be prohibited;
2. Age restriction bylaws will be restricted; and
3. Electronic general meetings will be allowed…. […]

Strata Alert: Top 5 Issues For New Strata Corporations – #1 Take Control

With everything seeming new and shiny, many buyers can enter a honeymoon period with their new strata corporations. Many may also be preoccupied with moving and settling in. However, there are many issues that a new strata corporation should deal with or they may run into trouble later… […]

Strata & Rental Manager Alert: Keeping Cool in Strata and Rental Properties

Many British Columbians are not used to thinking of cooling as a necessity in their homes in the same way that we think of heating. However, after the heat dome of 2021 and climate change causing more extreme weather events, we may already be seeing the beginning of a shift in the housing industry… […]

Strata Alert: The Court of Appeal Says “Imminent Risk” Not Required to Fund Repairs

The Court of Appeal of BC has overruled a 2021 decision of the BC Supreme Court that dismissed a strata corporation’s petition under s. 173 of the Strata Property Act that sought court approval of a levy to fund repairs… […]

Strata Alert: Don’t just stand and “stair”: A strata corporation must accommodate a disabled resident to the point of undue hardship or risk steep consequences

This recent decision from the BC Human Rights Tribunal (HRT) emphasizes a strata corporation’s responsibility to address accessibility complaints where a resident suffers from a physical disability.[…]