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Premier Clark ends Real Estate Self Regulation

Vancouver -   Premier Christy Clark announced today that government will end the industry self-regulation in the real estate industry and overhaul governance, oversight, transparency and accountability of the sector. “After reading the report, our conclusion is that the privilege of self-regulation in the real estate industry must end,” Premier Christy Clark said. “This report examines shady practices and challenges plaguing the real estate market, particularly in the Lower Mainland, putting consumers at risk and tarnishing the reputations of honest professionals in the sector. We will act to protect British Columbians when they are making one of their most important family investments – purchasing a home.” Strata Property Managers are also licensed through the Real Estate Council of BC... this is welcome news to all strata property owners. Read more »

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Civil Resolution Tribunal is now accepting Strata Cases

Victoria -   Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT) is now accepting strata disputes for resolution as part of our early intake plan. This means that you can now file an application for dispute resolution with the CRT using our online intake form. There are significant limitations and benefits to using the CRT’s early intake for strata claims. For more information, please click here: »

 
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Crossroads P.M. President and Vice President Disciplined

Surrey -   Crossroads Property Management Ltd., Gerry Blanchard President and Linda Taphorn Vice President have been disciplined by the Real Estate Council of BC for professional misconduct. Mr.Blanchard, Ms Taphorn and Crossroads were assessed a total of $5,750.00 in fines.  Snippet: The Strata President, instructed Ms Taphorn to not attend the meeting.   Ms. Taphorn was acting contrary to instructions by attending the meeting.  Read more »

 
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BC's Guide Dog and Service Dog Announcement

Victoria -   Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton announced that British Columbia’s new Guide Dog and Service Dog Act will come into force on January 18, 2016.  Corresponding changes to the Strata Property Act will also come into force on January 18, 2016.   Strata owners, occupants, tenants and visitors will be able to have their certified guide dog or service dog on strata premises, regardless of tenancy agreements or strata bylaws restricting or banning pets.  Read more »

 

SPABC Founder Passes Away

Vancouver -   Kevin Thom executive director and founder of the Strata Property Agents of BC (SPABC) passed away October 24, 2015 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Kevin was a charismatic man who was also the Managing Broker at Peninsula Strata Management.   Kevin had spent much of the past 20 years in the strata property arena, he was also the former owner of Teamwork Property Management.   Our condolences to the Thom Family and his co-workers.  Celebration of Life service were held at Peace Portal Alliance.

 

Strata Manager out of Control

Chilliwack -    On the evening of October 11, 2011 the Chilliwack RCMP attended the 5900 Blk of Vedder Road, after a 911 call was received from the Grace Arbor Strata Council.   The RCMP were informed that Mr. Hackett the Strata Manager and Mr. Hensman owner of Teamwork Property Management were trespassing.    According to strata council, Teamwork Property Management had been fired by the owners at a SGM held October 7. Read more »

 

Bullies on Council

Ms. Gerard a condo owner residing in White Rock B.C.   She was invited to write an article on the bullying going on in her building.   Unlike a Strata Corporation, Ms. Gerard's building is a Limited Company and instead of a strata council they have a board of directors that must comply with the Companies Articles of Incorporation, the Articles in the Shareholders Lease and the Articles in the Business Corporation Act of B.C.   Read more »

 

Strata Property Agents of BC President Reprimanded

Vancouver - Rick Dickson, managing broker, Aware Property Advisors Inc., North Vancouver, entered into a Consent Order with the Council that, while licensed with Ascent Real Estate Management Corporation, Burnaby,in October 2009, he committed professional misconduct, by paying money out of a brokerage trust account without instructions from the Strata Corporation, the sum of $37,132.10 to a supplier in satisfaction of a supplier’s invoice, without instructions of the principal.   Mr. Dickson is also the President of the Strata Property Agents of BC. 

 

Strata Management Survey

Vancouver Island Strata Home Owners Association conducted a survey online on the Strata Management Companies in British Columbia.

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