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TOP 10 TIPS WHEN DEALING WITH NEW HOME WARRANTIES:

Maintain a good working relationship with the Developer/Builder, since most of them want to be reasonable, do a good job, and maintain a good reputation…the Strata should be reasonable as well. It is easier to work with the Developer/Builder rather than against the Developer/Builder (i.e., be on good terms, have open communication, have mutual respect, […]

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Cigarettes butts are often found on resident’s balconies. The risk to persons and property is real: 1 in 3 fire-related deaths in Vancouver since 2001 are attributed to smokers materials, making this a leading cause of home fires in the region. Tossed cigarettes and lighters have caused multiple apartment building fires over the years, most […]

STRATA ALERT:

BC COURT OF APPEAL CONFIRMS THAT CORPORATE FURNISHED RENTAL BUSINESSES ARE NOT GRANDFATHERED FROM RENTAL RESTRICTION BYLAWS HighStreet Accommodations Ltd. v. The Owners, Strata Plan BCS2478, 2017 BCSC 1039 There has been some confusion about whether rental restriction bylaws apply to corporate furnished rentals, typically known as “executive stay” businesses.  This confusion arises in part […]

Metro Vancouver’s March home sales lowest in 33 years

Residential transactions plunge to just over half the 10-year average for the month, as prices slide across all property types Falling home sales in Metro Vancouver are “largely policy-induced” and policymakers are “using policy to delay housing demand and feeding disruptive cycles,” according to the new president of the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver […]

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Summer is almost here

GOOD HABITS TO HAVE A GREAT AND SAFE BBQ SEASON Never keep your propane gas tanks inside nor store them near to a source of heat (charcoal barbecues may not present a risk of explosion, but they may cause a fire or carbon monoxide intoxication). Keep the cover open to avoid gas accumulation when you light the barbecue. Always turn off the gas […]

Province cuts rent increase to ease pressure on renters

The Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing is listening to the concerns of renters and taking action on an early recommendation from B.C.’s Rental Housing Task Force by cutting the annual allowable rent increase by 2%, limiting it to inflation. That means that effective Jan. 1, 2019, the annual allowable rent increase will be 2.5%. “It’s […]

Winter home heating tips that will save you money!

You may find your electricity bill going up during the winter months. Increased heating and other winter energy habits (such as using more lighting for longer hours), can make the average winter electricity bill 66% higher than the rest of the year. There are some steps you can take to heat your home more efficiently and help […]