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What controls purchasing?

: Our strata owners recently approved 1.8 million dollars from our contingency fund on elevator upgrades, deck and balcony repairs, and the replacement of our boilers. At our general meeting, an owner questioned the council on how the funds would … Continue reading

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Use of Common Facilities

: Our highrise building has a recreation room that can be rented for private parties and is used for social events and meetings in our community. As a result of several owner events where there have been additional janitorial costs, … Continue reading

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Insurance: Above or Below the Deductible

: Our building had a pipe break between two units flooding out my condo, a common hallway and our building entry. Our strata corporation has a current deductible of $5,000 and the property manager determined the value of damages to … Continue reading

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Role of Council Treasurer

Dear Tony: Our strata decided to have an audit done as we have changed management companies several times in the past 5 years and we had a number of outstanding issues brought up by our current management company. The audit … Continue reading

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Incorrect unit allocations

We live in a large strata corporation with 300 units in multiple buildings. Our strata lots on the strata plan are numbered 1-300 and the unit entitlement is based on the measured areas shown on the strata plan. A new … Continue reading

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Caretaker & Guest Suites

Our strata corporation has a caretaker suite in the building that has not been used in 8 years. Our building is coming up to some major upgrades and we are considering selling the suite to pay for the elevator upgrades. … Continue reading

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What will happen to rental bylaws?

Our strata is a 12-unit townhouse complex in Coquitlam built in 2002. We are deeply concerned by the government planning to remove rental restriction bylaws from condos in BC. We permit 2 rentals and the two rentals have been nothing … Continue reading

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The trouble with Christmas trees

we are at an impasse with our strata council over Christmas trees. Our bylaws permit holiday decorations for festivals throughout the year with a condition that they must be removed within 10 days of the festival and cannot cause a … Continue reading

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Drainage lines in a building

: Our strata corporation is a mid rise apartment building of 12 floors constructed in 2002. I live on the 4th floor and since August have had chronic issues with soap suds in my kitchen sink and slow drainage in … Continue reading

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Who is responsible for decks?

: Our strata corporation has a bylaw that says the owners must maintain and repair limited common property. Our balconies are designated as limited common property, and this summer the strata hired a company who washed our siding and then … Continue reading

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