Strata corporation cannot force owner to provide key

Standard bylaws of Strata Property Act make provision both for emergency access and routine access with notice for the purpose of inspections and servicing

Dear Tony: Owners in our Coquitlam building received notice that we are being forced to provide a key to access our strata lots.

A bylaw is being proposed at our upcoming annual general meeting that will require every owner/landlord to provide a key to the resident manager for the purpose of emergencies, routine inspections, and service requirements.

The only service requirement we have is the routine testing of the smoke and heat detectors. This is always scheduled for the second week of September and owners and tenants are always provided with at least seven days notice for access.

The notice package has indicated that if we do not provide a key, and there is an emergency access, we will be responsible for any related damages to

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Condo Smarts: Strata obligated to provide Form F

The Form F Payment Certificate is required for a sale or transaction of a strata lot

Dear Tony: I was in the process of adding my son to my title for estate purposes and contacted our property manager for a Form F, which is required for the transfer and title change.

The property manager advised this is only requested by the lawyers and they would not provide me with a Form F.

How will an owner identify if there are any outstanding fees or penalties due, if they are not permitted to request and receive a payment certificate for their unit? It would be unfair to hold the form until the last minute and would prevent an owner from demanding details of any claimed debts owed or disputing these claims.

Jo S, LadySmith

Within one week of the request of an owner or purchaser, or a person authorized by an

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Condo Smarts: How do strata residents re-vote on a bylaw amendment?

There is a specific provision in the Strata Property Act for parties to reconsider a vote

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Dear Tony:

Our strata corporation recently held a special general meeting to vote on a no-smoking bylaw. At the meeting, the property manager advised that the amendment would not affect anyone currently a resident and a smoker as they would be grandfathered. The vote only passed by one ballot, and the next day we were informed there were no provisions in the bylaw for grandfathering, and the Act has no such exemption. A group of owners immediately petitioned for a meeting to be called to re-vote on the bylaw; however, by the time

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B.C. condo owner concerned after strata council implements new age restriction

Brianna Pascoe has penned a letter to B.C. Premier David Eby after the strata in her Duncan condo building voted to enact a 55-plus age restriction bylaw.

“I am now a 30-year-old stuck in a retirement building,” Pascoe said, reading from her letter. “I no longer have a nice little stepping stone for my future.”

The vote was 19 to four in favour of the bylaw change.

The letter is asking Eby to close what she calls a loophole created by recent changes made to the Strata Property Act.

“Condo buildings that weren’t previously 55-plus, they have been allowed to change to a 55-plus building to avoid having to enact the changes he’s put in place,” said Pascoe.

Tony Gioventu, executive director of the Condominium Homeowners Association of BC, says there’s a reason why some stratas may be making a similar move.


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