British Columbia Strata Property Practice Manual 

Practice Point

What you need to know to practise strata property law with success

This publication is essential for: lawyers who need guidance on advising and acting for clients in the strata property context.

BC continues to undergo a high level of new strata construction and conversions, with windups now growing in number. With challenging legislative amendments and an active litigation and administrative law environment, the British Columbia Strata Property Practice Manual is your must-have resource for doing legal work in the strata property context.

Focused on the nuances of practice in light of changing authorities, this manual explains requirements for creation, governance, operation, phasing, and winding up of a strata corporation, as well as financing, insurance, collections, rental, employment, human rights, and privacy issues. Relied on and cited by courts and tribunal, the manual offers help for legal professionals grappling with traditional and new venues for resolving strata disputes.

With this resource, you will be able to:

  • read a strata plan and understand required land title filings
  • work with the distinctions between strata lots, CP, and LCP
  • gain confidence in your grasp of how sections operate and the meaning of types
  • work effectively with strata bylaws
  • advise your strata corporation, strata council and executive, section executive, strata lot owner, tenant, or occupant, strata manager, owner developer, and local government clients on their rights and responsibilities
  • save drafting time with over 50 strata property forms and precedents

Buy today and be strata-savvy!

Highlights of the 2021 update

  • COVID-19 emergency regulations; facilities closures discussed
  • legislative amendments:
    • no broker payment of insurance referral fees to strata property managers
    • no 3/4 vote resolution section exemption from depreciation report requirements
    • obtaining and maintaining insurance as “preventing significant loss”
  • practice point: counsel assisting parties during CRT facilitation
  • forthcoming minimum wage changes; strata communication with employees
  • correcting missing LCP designation at BCSC
  • boundaries definition and clarification on strata plan, floor plans, cross-sections (per Survey and Plan Rules)
  • centreline rule, exceptions
  • Privacy Act vs. PIPA concerns
  • strata council options where operating fund inadequate for insurance premiums
  • discussed and summarized: decisions of SCC, BCCA, BCSC, CRT, and HRT; OIPC mediations

Editorial Board
Allyson L. Baker — Clark Wilson LLP, Vancouver
Mary A.M. Brunton — Reed Pope Law Corporation, Victoria
G. Stephen Hamilton — Hamilton & Company, New Westminster
Lisa N. Mackie — Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP, Vancouver
Paul G. Mendes — Lesperance Mendes, Vancouver
Jennifer L. Neville — Hamilton & Company, New Westminster

Authors
Anil K. Aggarwal — Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP, Vancouver
Allyson L. Baker — Clark Wilson LLP, Vancouver
Mary A.M. Brunton — Reed Pope Law Corporation, Victoria 
Alexander J. Chang — Lesperance Mendes, Vancouver
Venus Duplin — Reid Hurst Nagy Inc., Chartered Professional Accountants, Richmond
Andrea E. Fammartina — Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP, Vancouver
Grant Haddock — Haddock & Company, North Vancouver
G. Stephen Hamilton — Hamilton & Company, New Westminster
Maris C. Holmes — Clark Wilson LLP, Vancouver
David A. Liden — Remedios & Company, Vancouver
Lisa N. Mackie — Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP, Vancouver
Amanda M. Magee — Lesperance Mendes, Vancouver
Kelsey C. Marshall — Clark Wilson LLP, Vancouver
Paul G. Mendes — Lesperance Mendes, Vancouver
Jennifer L. Neville — Hamilton & Company, New Westminster
Sara E. Pope — Reed Pope Law Corporation, Victoria
Catherine Repel — Clark Wilson LLP, Vancouver
L. Michael Walker — Miller Thomson LLP, Vancouver

Chapters

1. Strata Law Practice in Flux

2. The Strata Concept

3. The Strata Plan

4. Common Property and Common Assets

5. The Strata Lot

6. Strata Management

7. Governance

8. Sections

9. Finances

10. Collections

11. Bylaws and Rules

12. Strata Dispute Resolution

13. The Civil Resolution Tribunal

14. Recourse to the Courts

15. Rentals

16. Employment

17. Human Rights

18. Privacy

19. Insurance

20. Court-appointed Administrators

21. Phased Strata Plans

22. The Duty to Repair and Maintain

23. Fundamental Changes to the Strata Plan

24. Ethics and Professional Responsibility for Strata Lawyers

Glossary

Checklists

Forms and Precedents

Featured Contributor—Stephen Hamilton

This year’s featured publications contributor is Stephen Hamilton of Hamilton & Company. Stephen practises in the areas of strata property and civil litigation. He is a longtime contributing author and editorial board member of CLEBC’s recently updated British Columbia Strata Property Practice Manual. Read more…