Condo Smarts

2018 Condo Smarts (300-770 to 300-___)
Bulletin Headline Topic Publication date
300-770 Agency agreements: Before you sign on the dotted line Winding Up A Strata Corporation  Jan 4
300-771 The necessity to rely upon official documents Record Keeping Jan 11
300-772 Bylaw Enforcement Bylaw Enforcement Jan 18
300-773 Collections, Minute taking Collections, Minute taking Jan 25
300-774 The basics of accounting Contingency Reserve Funds, Finances Feb 1
300-775 Strata councils and buyers beware Easements, Management Feb 8
300-776 Retroactive Fees Strata fees, Buying & Selling Feb 15
300-777 Marijuana laws to change Bylaws Feb 22
300-778 Confidentiality Agreements Privacy March 1
300-779 Council Disclosure of Remuneration Strata Council; Conflict of Interest March 8
300-780 Deficit Disaster Insurance, Budgets; Deficits March 15
300-781 User Fees and Electric Vehicles User Fees, Electric Vehicles March 22
300-782 New Construction Warranties, Strata Council; Responsibilities March 29

 

2017 Condo Smarts (300-718 to 300-769)
Bulletin Headline Topic Publication date
300-718 When is enough, enough? Noise & Rentals Jan 5
300-719 Strata fee diversion bylaws deemed unenforceable Collections Jan 12
300-720 Buyer’s crisis Buying Jan 19
300-721 Budget crisis Budgeting Jan 26
300-722 Voting Battles & Calculations Voting Feb 2
300-723 Commissioning a building system Air Space Parcel Agreements & New Developments Feb 9
300-724 Winding Up / Selling your strata corporation Winding up a strata corporation Feb 16
300-725 AirBnB: Who pays the cost? AirBnB, Short-term rentals Feb 23
300-726 Managing Alterations Alterations March 2
300-727 Budget Wars: What is the limit on amendments? Budgets March 9
300-728 Before alterations go off the rails Alterations to a strata lot March 16
300-729 Proxy Sabotage Proxies, Voting March 23
300-730 How do we get the best price for our strata? Winding Up a strata corporation March 30
300-731 Surveillance Cameras Surveillance April 6
300-732 Modifying my townhouse for access Alterations April 13
300-733 Winding up a Strata Winding up a Strata April 20
300-734 Who pays for unapproved alterations? Alterations April 20
300-735 How council makes decisions? Strata Council; Council Decisions April 27
300-736 When is it time to stop imposing fines and seek an order? Bylaws, fines May 4
300-737 Who pays for the health club? LCP, Expenses May 11
300-738 Sewer back up in my condo. Who pays? Insurance May 18
300-739 No compliant bylaws Bylaws May 25
300-740 Conditional Bylaws: Are they enforceable? Bylaws June 1
300-741 Alteration agreements: Are they binding? Alterations June 8
300-742 Alteration agreements: Do complaints have to be in writing? Bylaw complaints June 15
300-743 Billing Surcharges Management, Collections June 22
300-744 Land Title filing errors Bylaws, filing, Land Titles office  June 29
300-745 Who provides the documents? Bylaws, Record Keeping July 6
300-746 Consolidated Bylaws Bylaws July 13
300-747 Rental Cancellation: Much ado about nothing? Rentals and Rental Bylaws July 20
300-748 When disaster strikes, who keeps paying the bills? Disaster Planning, Strata Fees July 27
300-749 Conflict of Interest Strata Council; Conflict of Interest Aug 3
300-750 Can a strata borrow money? Finances; borrowing money Aug 10
300-751 Filing tax returns and are strata corporations taxable corporations? Taxes & Taxation Aug 17
300-752 What happens when we run out of money? Depreciation Reports, Voting Aug 24
300-753 Bugs, Beasts n’ Bird Pest Control Aug 31
300-754 Outdoor gas appliances Balconies & Decks; Barbeques Sept 7
300-755 Are rental bylaws good for a strata? Rentals & Rental Bylaws Sept 14
300-756 Who is responsible for repairs when the strata has to damage my unit to fix common property? Repair & Maintenance Sept 21
300-757 Who pays for the pool? Limited Common Property Sept 28
300-758 Owners in limbo after proxies used in levy vote Voting, Proxies Oct 5
300-759 Who pays the insurance deductible? Insurance Oct 12
300-760 Fraudulent Proxies Proxies Oct 19
300-761 Authority to Contract Strata Management Oct 26
300-762 Holidays can present potential conflicts for stratas Holiday Tips Nov 2
300-763 Rules vs Bylaws: When can a strata corporation limit the number of dogs I have? Rules vs Bylaws Nov 9
300-764 Depreciation report accuracy Depreciation Reports Nov 16
300-765 Subdivision or liquidation Common Property, Winding Up Nov 23
300-766 Negotiating access Easements Nov 30
300-767 How much is too much? Strata Fees Dec 7
300-768 Negotiating as a strata corporation Special Levies, Repair & Maintenance Dec 14
300-769 A buyer’s challenges Buying & Selling Dec 21

 

2016 Condo Smarts (300-667 to 300-717)
Bulletin Headline Topic Publication date
300-667 Start the year off well organized Strata Council Jan 7
300-668 Council email decisions Strata Council Jan 14
300-669 How do we get our strata to plan? Depreciation Reports Jan 21
300-670 How do my rental exemptions change? Rentals and rental bylaws Jan 28
300-671 Limitation Periods Collections, Limitation Act Feb 4
300-672 Automatic Strata fee banking (Read the contract before you sign it) Strata Fees Feb 11
300-673 When is the right time for a strata to consider liquidation? Part 1 Buying & Selling; Liquidation Feb 18
300-674 Liquidating a strata – Part 2 Buying & Selling; Liquidation Feb 25
300-675 How much do I get? Strata Liquidation Buying & Selling; Liquidation March 3
300-676 Payout for special levy loans Special Levies March 10
300‐677 Undisclosed alterations Alterations March 17
300-678 Bylaw violations: Hearings and responses Bylaws, Hearings March 24
300‐679 Electric vehicles Electric vehicles March 31
300‐680 Dissolving Contracts Contracts April 7
300‐681 Alterations and Information Management Forms, Alterations to a Strata Lot April 14
300‐682 Are non‐smoking bylaws allowed? Smoking April 21
300‐683 Alteration agreements not disclosed Alterations April 28
300‐684 Emergency preparedness week BC Disaster Planning May 5
300‐685 Does a strata rental terminate when a unit sells? Rentals and Rental Bylaws May 12
300-686 How Sellers Verify Money Owing Buying & Selling May 19
300-687 Undisclosed Commissions Strata Management May 26
300-688 Conflict of Interest Conflict of Interest June 2
300-689 Council Confidential Strata Council June 9
300-690 Taxable status of Strata Corporations in BC Taxes and Taxation June 16
300-691 Negotiating Management Contracts Strata Management June 23
300-692 Flag Week & Canada Day Flags June 30
300-693 Bylaws Never Files Bylaws July 7
300-694 How do we collect for repairs? Repair & Maintenance July 14
300-695 Enforcing bylaws CRT, Enforcing bylaws July 21
300-696 Access to Strata Lots and the Census Access July 28
300-697 Selling your Strata Lot & the Civil Resolution Tribunal Buying & Selling, CRT Aug 3
300-698 Memorial Gardens on Common Property Memorial Gardens Aug 11
300-699 The Dark Side of Family Accommodation Senior Issues Aug 18
300-700 Collecting Strata Fees & Special Levies Collections Aug 25
300-701 Financing Insurance Insurance Sept 1
300-702 Hiring a Strata Management Company Hiring a Strata Manager Sept 7
300-703 Registered Offenders in Condos Sex Offenders Sept 15
300-704 Commissioning a new building First AGM Sept 22
300-705 Is an air space parcel agreement the same as a strata with sections? Air space parcel agreements Sept 29
300-706 Are 3 quotes required by the Act for major projects? Repair & maintenance, Quotes Oct 6
300-707 Our rental rings have changed Rentals & Rental Bylaws Oct 13
300-708 Earthquake insurance Insurance, Disaster planning Oct 20
300-709 The Form B Information Certificate has changed! Form B Information Certificate Oct 27
300-710 Where does the fine money go? Finances, Bylaws, Fines Nov 3
300-711 Unfair enforcement of bylaws Bylaws, enforcement Nov 10
300-712 Council asks for funding before getting cost quotes Depreciation reports, Voting Nov 17
300-713 Who pays for strata lot damages? Repair & Maintenance; Repair of strata lot Nov 24
300-714 Civil Resolution Tribunal: The First Decision CRT Dec 1
300-715 What is a conflict of interest? Conflict of interest Dec 8
300-716 How do we get owners to fix their units? Repair & Maintenance; Repair of strata lot Dec 15
300-717 What information is required in the minutes? Minutes Dec 21

 

2015 Condo Smarts (300-615 to 300-666)
Bulletin Headline Topic Publication date
300-615 Rental bylaw court challenge section 141 (3) Rental Bylaws Jan 8, 2015
300-616 Organic waste requirements introduced Recycling Jan 15, 2015
300-617 Investing your funds Contingency Reserve Funds; Investing Jan 22, 2015
300-618 Is council email confidential? Strata Council emails Jan 29, 2015
300-619 Who chairs meetings? AGM/SGM; chair, Strata Council Meetings Feb 5, 2015
300-620 Errors Management Feb 12, 2015
300-621 The Best of Strata Living: Community Strata Living Feb 19, 2015
300-622 Cancelling Sections Sections Feb 26, 2015
300-623 Challenging claims of Costs Collections; fines March 5, 2015
300-624 Tribunal will address disputes Civil Resolution Tribunal March 12, 2015
300-625 Pet bylaws and service dogs Pet Bylaws March 19, 2015
300-626 What is the right amount for strata fees? Strata Fees March 26, 2015
300-627 How do meetings end? Annual General Meeting / Budgets April 2, 2015
300-628 When does council need consent from owners to enter a strata lot? Keys April 9, 2015
300-629 Writing Bylaws Bylaws April 16, 2015
300-630 What is a rental inventory? Rentals and Rental Bylaws April 23, 2015
300-631 Rental Disclosure: Read the document closely! Rentals and Rental Bylaws April 30, 2015
300-632 Civil Resolution Tribunal Civil Resolution Tribunal May 7, 2015
300-633 Stratas must respect rights Strata Fees May 14, 2015
300-634 Depreciation Report Consultants Depreciation Reports May 21, 2015
300-635 Voting Basics Voting May 28, 2015
300-636 What are types bylaws? Types June 4, 2015
300-637 Hiring Consultants Consultants June 11, 2015
300-638 Rogue Councils Strata Council June 18, 2015
300-639 How do we know if a bylaw is enforceable? Bylaws June 25, 2015
300-640 Who controls common property? Alterations to Common Property July 2, 2015
300-641 Email Records Record Keeping, Strata Council Emails July 9, 2015
300-642 Why buyers should always request a Form B Buying & Selling, Forms July 16, 2015
300-643 Phased Developments Phased Stratas July 23, 2015
300-644 Strata Governance: Council Authority to make decisions Strata Council; Authority July 30, 2015
300-645 Bylaws and commercial strata lots Bylaws, Commercial Stratas August 6, 2015
300-646 Purchasing documents Buying & Selling August 13, 2015
300-647 Reconsidering a vote Voting August 20, 2015
300-648 What if no one will be on council? Strata Council August 27, 2015
300-649 Utility use fees Utilities, User Fees Sept 3, 2015
300-650 Common Property Alterations: No means no Alterations to Common Property Sept 10, 2015
300-651 Unauthorized Expenses Spending Authority, Depreciation Reports Sept 17, 2015
300-652 Does a strata have to get 3 quotes for a contract? Contracts Sept 24, 2015
300-653 Bylaw differences in Mixed Use Buildings Bylaws; Mixed Use Buildings Oct 1, 2015
300-654 Building Community Strata Living Oct 8, 2015
300-655 No Construction Approval Repairs & Maintenance, Court Actions Oct 15, 2015
300-656 Protecting Voting Rights Voting Oct 22, 2015
300-657 Denying access to the building Bylaws; Denying Access Oct 29, 2015
300-658 Form F Form F Nov 5, 2015
300-659 Bylaws and the Civil Resolution Tribunal Bylaws, Civil Resolution Tribunal Nov 12, 2015
300-660 Serving Proper Notice Notice Nov 19, 2015
300-661 Selling our strata Buying & Selling Nov 26, 2015
300-662 Proxy battles Proxies Dec 3, 2015
300-663 Act Now, Before a Theft Occurs Mailboxes Dec 10, 2015
300-664 Definitions of a meeting Annual General Meeting/ Special General Meeting Dec 17, 2015
300-665 Managing common property Common Property Dec 23, 2015
300-666 Access to reports Buying & Selling, Access to Records Dec 30, 2015
2014 Condo Smarts (300-565 to 300-614)
Bulletin Headline Topic Publication date
300-565 New Year’s Changes to Strata Laws Form B Information Certificate Jan 12, 2014
300-566 What is a Bare Land Strata? Bare-land Strata Jan 19, 2014
300-567 Bare Land Common Expenses Bare-land Strata Jan 26, 2014
300-568 Can we consolidate 2 strata lots? Buying & Selling, Alterations to a Strata Lot Jan 30, 2014
300-569 Administering Rental Bylaws Rentals & Rental Bylaws Feb 5, 2014
300-570 Who Makes the Decisions? Expenses, Strata Council; responsibilities Feb 12, 2014
300-571 Problem Pets Pets Feb 19, 2014
300-572 Townhouse Confusion Pipes Feb 26, 2014
300-573 What is the role of strata council? Strata Council Responsibilities Mar 6, 2014
300-574 Electronic Attendance at General Meetings Annual General Meetings Mar 13, 2014
300-575 Is a building in tarps a bad thing? Buying & Selling, Repair Mar 20, 2014
300-576 New changes to the Strata Property Act Voting; thresholds, Repair & Maintenance Mar 27, 2014
300-577 Essential Documents Commercial Stratas, Parking, Air Space Parcels Agreements Apr 3, 2014
300-578 How are expenses allocated? Unit entitlement, Types, Sections Apr 10, 2014
300-579 Depreciation Report Drafts & New Legislation Depreciation Reports Apr 17, 2014
300-580 Community Mail Boxes Mailboxes, Repair of Common Property Apr 24, 2014
300-581 Strata Investments for Reserve Funds Contingency Reserve Funds; Investing May 1, 2014
300-582 Giving a lift to strata elevator safety Elevators May 8, 2014
300-583 Vacation Rental by Owner Rentals and Rental Bylaws May 15, 2014
300-584 Can we Change our Budget During the Year? Budgets May 22, 2014
300-585 New Contingency Regulations for Majority Vote Contingency Reserve Funds, Voting May 29, 2014
300-586 What is a voting card? Voting June 5, 2014
300-587 Managing a buyer’s risks Buying & Selling, Depreciation Reports June 12, 2014
300-588 Smoke Free Housing Smoking June 19, 2014
300-589 Garage Sales Events, Parking June 26, 2014
300-590 Counting Ballots/Secret Ballots Voting July 3, 2014
300-591 Liquidating our building? Buying & Selling; Selling July 10, 2014
300-592 Voting thresholds: Who decides? Voting Thresholds July 17, 2014
300-593 Small trees become big trees Alterations to common property; Landscaping July 24, 2014
300-594 Who is responsible to maintain and repair the balconies? Repair and Maintenance; Balconies & Decks July 31, 2014
300-595 What should we be asking before we buy? Buying & Selling Aug 7, 2014
300-596 Home Owner Insurance Insurance Aug 14, 2014
300-597 Who is responsible for Sewer Pipes? Pipes, Repair & Maintenance Aug 21, 2014
300-598 Smart Meter Upgrades Utilities, Alterations to Common Property Aug 28, 2014
300-599 What is a conflict of interest? Strata Council; Conflict of Interest Sept 4, 2014
300-600 Insurance Complications Insurance Sept 11, 2014
300-601 The wasteful cost of failures Repair & Maintenance; Balconies & Decks Sept 18, 2014
300-602 Do the owners have a say Petition for an SGM Sept 25, 2014
300-603 Bulk Cable Services Contracts Oct 2, 2014
300-604 Voting eligibility depends on bylaws set up by strata Voting Oct 9, 2014
300-605 Rental Screening Rentals Oct 16, 2014
300-606 How do I get my windows replaced? Windows Oct 23, 2014
300-607 Email Problems Strata Council; Emails Oct 30, 2014
300-608 Depreciation Report Updates Depreciation Reports Nov 6, 2014
300-609 Insurance Complications Insurance Nov 13, 2014
300-610 Management Confidentiality Agreements Management Contracts Nov 20, 2014
300-611 Lock Box Wars Lock boxes Nov 27, 2014
300-612 What to do when council resigns Strata Council Dec 4, 2014
300-613 What’s going on with sections? Sections Dec 11, 2014
300-614 The year in review – Communication Depreciation Reports, Special Levies Dec 18, 2014
2013 Condo Smarts (300-514 to 300-564)
Bulletin Headline Topic Publication date
300-515 Disaster Planning Disaster Planning Jan 6, 2013
300-516 What restricts the sale of a strata lot? Buying & Selling Jan 13, 2013
300-517 Collecting strata fines Collections; Fines Jan 20, 2013
300-518 Can we lose our parking allocations? Parking Jan 27, 2013
300-519 Landlord Insurance Insurance Feb 3, 2013
300-520 Surplus Funds Crisis Budgets Feb 10, 2013
300-521 Changes in a Strata Plan Strata Plan, Unit Entitlement Feb 17, 2013
300-522 Engineering Reports: Who has access? Access; to Information Feb 24, 2013
300-523 Paying Council Strata Council Mar 3, 2013
300-524 Parking Space Allocations Parking Mar 10, 2013
300-525 Absentee Voting Proxies, Voting; Proxies Mar 17, 2013
300-526 Budget Allocations Budgets Mar 24, 2013
300-527 Home Buying Without Conflicts? Buying & Selling Mar 31, 2013
300-528 User-Fee Fight User Fees Apr 7, 2013
300-529 Parking Spaces – What are we really buying? Parking Apr 14, 2013
300-530 Limited Common Property Limited Common Property Apr 21, 2013
300-531 Election Signs & Campaigning Elections Apr 28, 2013
300-532 Leasing out Strata Property Alterations to common property May 5, 2013
300-533 We have our depreciation report what do we do with it now? Depreciation Reports May 12, 2013
300-534 Tax Returns & US Citizens Taxes & Taxation May 19, 2013
300-535 Sewer Back Up Insurance May 26, 2013
300-536 Buying a New Condo Buying & Selling Jun 2, 2013
300-537 Bylaws for mixed use developments Bylaws; mixed use buildings Jun 9, 2013
300-538 What are the options of voting at a General Meeting? Voting Jun 16, 2013
300-539 Personal Insurance Policies Insurance Jun 23, 2013
300-540 Barbeques, Flags, Butterflies & Baskets Strata Living, Alterations to Common Property Jun 30, 2013
300-541 Strata Management Agreements Management Contracts Jul 6, 2013
300-542 Alterations to Property: Who is Responsible? Alterations Jul 13, 2013
300-543 Rising Insurance Impact & Disaster Planning Insurance Jul 20, 2013
300-544 Balcony Barbeques Balconies & Decks; Barbeques Jul 27, 2013
300-545 Home Based Business Businesses Aug 4, 2013
300-546 Uninsured damages, who’s responsible? Insurance Aug 11, 2013
300-547 The Impact of Depreciation Reports on Sales Depreciation Reports Aug 18, 2013
300-548 Rats! Pest Control Aug 25, 2013
300-549 When to renew or not? Repair & Maintenance; Fireplaces, Bylaws Sep 1, 2013
300-550 Who runs the council? Strata Council; Authority Sep 8, 2013
300-551 Depreciation Report Myths Depreciation Reports Sep 15, 2013
300-552 Air Space Parcel Agreements Air Space Parcel Agreements Sep 22, 2013
300-553 Rising Insurance Costs Insurance Sep 29, 2013
300-554 A Seller’s Risks Buying & Selling Oct 5, 2013
300-555 Who is responsible for structural repairs? Repair & Maintenance Oct 13, 2013
300-556 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Electric Vehicles Oct 20, 2013
300-557 What is a majority vote? Voting Oct 27, 2013
300-558 Bare Land Strata Insurance Bare-Land Strata, Insurance Nov 3, 2013
300-559 Can we rely on depreciation reports? Depreciation Reports Nov 10, 2013
300-560 Townhouse Confusion Repair & Maintenance; piping Nov 17, 2013
300-561 Surplus or Deficit, do we really know? Finances, Audits Nov 23, 2013
300-562 Changes come into effect Collections; Liens Dec 1, 2013
300-563 Condominium Service Agreements Contracts Dec 8, 2013
300-564 A Volunteer Crisis Strata Council; difficulty electing Dec 15, 2013

 

2012 Condo Smarts (300-464 to 300-513)
Bulletin Headline Topic Publication date
300-464 Form B Information Changes Form B Jan 8, 2012
300-465 Non Smoking Buildings Smoking Jan 15, 2012
300-466 New Regulations that affect your Annual Budget Depreciation Reports; Contingency Reserve Funds Jan 22, 2012
300-467 What if we just say NO to depreciation reports? Depreciation Reports Jan 29, 2012
300-468 Townhouse Garages Garages Feb 5, 2012
300-469 Depreciation Planning & Money Depreciation Reports Feb 12, 2012
300-470 Depreciation Impact on Bare Land Strata Corporations Depreciation Reports, Bare Land Statas Feb 19, 2012
300-471 Managing our Reserve Investments Depreciation Reports Feb 26, 2012
300-472 Decision making of the stata council Strata Council; Authority Mar 4, 2012
300-473 Decisions on investing our funds? Strata Council; Authority Mar 11, 2012
300-474 Depreciation Reports and the Annual Budget Depreciation Reports; Budgets Mar 18, 2012
300-475 What is the cost of an Exemption from Depreciation Reports? Depreciation Reports Mar 25, 2012
300-476 Pay me now, or much more later Depreciation Reports; Budgets Apr 1, 2012
300-477 Owners’ rights for insurance coverage Ìnsurance Apr 8, 2012
300-478 The Horrible Truth of Special Levies Special Levies Apr 15, 2012
300-479 Insurance Claims and Project Fees Insurance Apr 22, 2012
300-480 Strata Owners Vote Themselves into Difficulty Voting, Depreciation Reports Apr 29, 2012
300-481 Managing Your Funds Reserve Plans May 06, 2012
300-482 Civil Resolution Tribunal Act Civil Resolution Tribunal Act, Lawsuits May 13, 2012
300-483 Importance of Registered Documents Record Keeping, Parking, Limited Common Property May 20, 2012
300-484 Deal with Smoking Before it Becomes a Nuisance Smoking May 27, 2012
300-485 Alteration Agreements & Depreciation Reports Alterations, Depreciation Reports Jun 3, 2012
300-486 Strata Lot Keys Keys, Security Jun 10, 2012
300-487 How much does a Depreciation Report Cost? Depreciation Reports Jun 17, 2012
300-488 Who is the warranty provider? Warranties Jun 24, 2012
300-489 Grow Ops Grow-Ops Jul 1, 2012
300-490 Hanging your dirty laundry Balconies & Decks, Alterations to Common Property Jul 8, 2012
300-491 Proxy Abusers Proxies Jul 15, 2012
300-492 When council don’t enforce bylaws against council Strata Council; responsibilities, Bylaws; enforcement Jul 22, 2012
300-493 Barbeque and Smoke Invasion Balcony & Decks; Barbeques, Bylaws Jul 29, 2012
300-494 Rental Disclosure Rentals and rental bylaws Aug 5, 2012
300-495 The First AGM of the Strata Corporation Annual General Meeting; First AGM Aug 12, 2012
300-496 Limited Access Alterations Alteration Aug 19, 2012
300-497 What Constitutes a Significant Change? Alteration Aug 26, 2012
300-498 What Constitutes an emergency? Spending Authority, Repair & Maintenance; Emergencies Sep 2, 2012
300-499 What Does a Depreciation Report Really Cost? Depreciation Reports Sep 9, 2012
300-500 What Does Risk Tolerance Mean? Depreciation Reports Sep 16, 2012
300-501 500 Columns General Information Sep 23, 2012
300-502 Proxies for Sections Sections, Proxies Sep 30, 2012
300-503 Who Makes Insurance Decisions? Insurance Oct 7, 2012
300-504 Selling Your Strata Lot Buying & Selling Oct 14, 2012
300-505 What does the privacy officer do? Privacy Oct 21, 2012
300-506 Corporate Suites: Do rentals Apply? Rentals and Rental Bylaws Oct 28, 2012
300-507 Rules Apply to Common Property, not Strata Lots Rules Nov 4, 2012
300-508 What’s in a Name? Problems with Proxies Proxies Nov 11, 2012
300-509 Replacing the Piping Repair & Maintenance; Piping Nov 18, 2012
300-510 Borrowing Money Finances; Borrowing Money Nov 25, 2012
300-511 Bylaw Amendments for Mixed Use Buildings Bylaws; Commercial Stratas Dec 2, 2012
300-512 Service Lines and Strata Repair & Maintenance; Repair of Common Property Dec 9, 2012
300-513 Electric Vehicles Electric Vehicles;, Parking Dec 16, 2012
300-514 Special Needs Alterations Alterations Dec 19, 2012

 

2011 Condo Smarts (300-413 to 300-463)
Bulletin Headline Topic Publication date
300-413 Who owns trees Landscaping Jan 2, 2011
300-414 Who is responsible for past alterations Alterations Jan 9, 2011
300-415 Trust Audits Audits Jan 16, 2011
300-416 The Changing Industry of Property Values Repair & Maintenance Jan 23, 2011
300-417 Undisclosed Insurance Fees Insurance Jan 30, 2011
300-418 To file a claim or not? Insurance Feb 6, 2011
300-419 Building Schemes Building Schemes Feb 13, 2011
300-420 Who Owns the Parking? Parking; Presales Feb 20, 2011
300-421 Council Members’ Liability Strata Council Feb 27, 2011
300-422 Parking Assignments Parking Mar 6, 2011
300-423 Regulating Agencies Contracts Mar 13, 2011
300-424 When a council member violates bylaws Strata Council Mar 20, 2011
300-425 Fiscal Year End of a Strata Corporation Phased Stratas Mar 27, 2011
300-426 AGM by proxy: is it allowed? AGM; how to prepare Apr 3, 2011
300-427 Election Signage Elections Apr 10, 2011
300-428 “Buying a condo” What’s the impact of high insurance risks? Insurance Apr 17, 2011
300-429 Counting Rentals Rentals & Rental Bylaws Apr 24, 2011
300-430 Bare Land Strata Bylaws Bare Land Stratas May 1, 2011
300-431 Who is really supposed to maintain exterior doors and windows? Repair & Maintenance May 8, 2011
300-432 Parking Parking Revenues May 15, 2011
300-433 Census Access to Information May 22, 2011
300-434 Common Water Expenses Unit Entitlement May 29, 2011
300-435 Changing Utility Use Unit Entitlement Jun 5, 2011
300-436 Sending Notice During a Mail Strike AGM/SGM – Notice Jun 12, 2011
300-437 How high should our strata fees be? Strata Fees Jun 19, 2011
300-438 Buying a home – What’s the deal with parking? Parking Jun 26, 2011
300-439 Approving an Increase in Contract Services Contracts Jun 27, 2011
300-440 Borrowing Money for Major Projects Finances: Borrowing Money Jul 10, 2011
300-441 Major Repair Conflicts Repair & Maintenance Jul 17, 2011
300-442 What resolutions say in minutes Minutes Jul 24, 2011
300-443 Voting by Email and Voting Procedures Voting Aug 1, 2011
300-444 Sections Sections Aug 7, 2011
300-445 Allocating Expenses by Section Sections Aug 14, 2011
300-446 Resolving Disputes between Sections Sections Aug 21, 2011
300-447 Who has the Authority to Represent the Strata Sections Aug 28, 2011
300-448 Rigging the Votes Voting Sep 4, 2011
300-449 To Destroy or Not to Destroy Voting Sep 12, 2011
300-450 Insurance Cost Losses Insurance Sep 18, 2011
300-451 Fraud Fraud Sep 25, 2011
300-452 An Alternative System to Resolve Strata Disputes Disputes Oct 2, 2011
300-453 A History of Property Changes Alterations Oct 9, 2011
300-454 Is Your Strata Emailing Secrets? Strata Council, Emails & Electronic Communication Oct 16, 2011
300-455 Depreciation Report or Reserve Fund Study? Depreciation Reports Oct 23, 2011
300-456 How is the Insurance deductible decided? Insurance Oct 30, 2011
300-457 Voting Rights Voting Nov 6, 2011
300-458 What defines our building type? Strata Living; Bare-land Stratas Nov 13, 2011
300-459 Form K & Rental Bylaws Rentals and Rental Bylaws; Forms, Form K Notice of Tenant’s Responsibilities Nov 20, 2011
300-460 Official Mailing Contact Address Management; Land Titles Nov 27, 2011
300-461 Unravelling the Mystery of Co Insurance Insurance Dec 4, 2011
300-462 Christmas Tree Rules Christmas Trees Dec 11, 2011
300-463 What’s the news on the new regulations for Depreciation Reports and Form B’s? Depreciation Reports; Form B Dec 18, 2011

 

2010 Condo Smarts (300-362 to 300-412)
Bulletin Headline Topic Publication date
300-362 Emailing Notice Notice Jan 10, 2010
300-363 Petitions & Deficits Petitions Jan 17, 2010
300-364 Barbeques & Condos Repair & Maintenance Jan 24, 2010
300-365 Model Communities Consultants Jan 31, 2010
300-366 Tax Returns & HRTC for a Strata Taxes & Taxation Feb 7, 2010
300-367 Conflict of Interest Conflict of Interest Feb 14, 2010
300-368 Vacation Properties & Foreign Investment Buying Feb 21, 2010
300-369 Buying a Rental Investment Buying Feb 25, 2010
300-370 Hardwood Flooring Flooring Mar 7, 2010
300-371 PST Rebate Program Program Ending Taxes & Taxation Mar 14, 2010
300-372 Collection Agencies Collections Mar 21, 2010
300-373 Selling your home Refunds Mar 28, 2010
300-374 Hearing & Bill 8 Amendments Strata Council Hearings Apr 4, 2010
300-375 Depreciation Reports Reserve Plans Apr 11, 2010
300-376 Presales Agreements Presales Apr 18, 2010
300-377 Rental Bylaws Rental Bylaws Apr 25, 2010
300-378 Strata Funds Insurance Insurance May 2, 2010
300-379 Online Records & Information Records May 9, 2010
300-380 Insurance Coverage on Upgrades Insurance May 16, 2010
300-381 Phased Strata Plans Phased Stratas May 23, 2010
300-382 Phased Strata Plans Part 2 Phased Stratas May 30, 2010
300-383 Minutes of Meetings Minutes Jun 6, 2010
300-384 Employees or Contractors? Hiring Jun 13, 2010
300-385 Removing Objects From Property Bylaws Jun 20, 2010
300-386 Smoke Alarm Regulations May 1 Repair and Maintenance: Fire Safety Jun 27, 2010
300-387 How to Define Nuisance in a Strata Smoking; Noise Jul 4, 2010
300-388 Changes to the Act & Bylaws Strata Property Act Jul 11, 2010
300-389 Tax Free Status of Condominiums Taxes and Taxation Jul 18, 2010
300-390 Strata Management Fees Strata Fees Jul 25, 2010
300-391 Exercising your democratic rights Strata Council Aug 1, 2010
300-392 Who Is Living in our Strata Grow Ops Aug 8, 2010
300-393 Borrowing Money Finances Aug 15, 2010
300-394 Air Conditioners and Ventilation Ventilation Aug 22, 2010
300-395 How is common property allocated? Common Property_Parking Aug 29, 2010
300-396 Playground Safety in a Strata Complex Spending Authority Sep 5, 2010
300-397 Form B Rentals: What is the real number? Forms Sep 12, 2010
300-398 Conditional demands from Potential Buyers Buying Sep 19, 2010
300-399 Complicated Collections Collections Sep 26, 2010
300-400 Condo Smarts: 8 Years and 400 Columns General Information Oct 3, 2010
300-401 Commercial Strata Developments Commercial Stratas Oct 10, 2010
300-402 Insurance Proceeds Insurance Oct 17, 2010
300-403 Commercial Strata Lot Bylaws Bylaws Oct 24, 2010
300-404 Rentals – It’s all in the Date Rentals & Rental Bylaws Oct 31, 2010
300-405 Small Strata Corporations – How to Stay Out of Trouble Strata Council Nov 7, 2010
300-406 Agency Agreements Management Agreements Nov 14, 2010
300-407 Insurance Deductibles Insurance Nov 21, 2010
300-408 Voting Procedures Voting Nov 28, 2010
300-409 Hardship Exemptions from Bylaws Hardship Dec 5, 2010
300-410 Negotiating Management Fees Management Agreements Dec 12, 2010
300-411 Who has access to information Access Dec 19, 2010
300-412 O Christmas tree Christmas Trees Dec 26, 2010
2009 Condo Smarts (300-311 to 300-361)
Bulletin Headline Topic Publication date
300-311 Who shovels the snow Snow removal Jan 4, 2009
300-312 Power of attorney Voting Jan 11, 2009
300-313 Pre-sales cancellations Buying Jan 18, 2009
300-314 What to do when we are sued? Lawsuits Jan 25, 2009
300-315 Line of credit Operating Fund Feb 1, 2009
300-316 Renting during the Olympics Rental & rental bylaws Feb 8, 2009
300-317 Back Charging Bylaw Enforcement Feb 15, 2009
300-318 Home Renovation Tax Credit Taxes & Taxation Feb 22, 2009
300-319 Home Owner Deductable Coverage Insurance Mar 1, 2009
300-320 Management Agreements Management Mar 8, 2009
300-321 How Safe is Your Money? Finances Mar 15, 2009
300-322 What is structural change to a strata lot? Alterations Mar 22, 2009
300-323 Elections May 12, 2009 Elections Mar 29, 2009
300-324 Privacy Laws Privacy Apr 5, 2009
300-325 What’s on Condo TV? Privacy Apr 12, 2009
300-326 Damage inside a suite can fall under “common assets” Insurance Apr 19, 2009
300-327 Election Time Elections Apr 26, 2009
300-328 Hardship Rentals and rental bylaws May 3, 2009
300-329 After a Meth Lab or Grow Op Grow Ops May 10, 2009
300-330 Before you buy a condo Buying May 17, 2009
300-331 Budget Allocations Contracts May 24, 2009
300-332 Types of Strata Lots Types May 31, 2009
300-333 Portable hot tubs Hot Tubs Jun 7, 2009
300-334 Financial crisis for owners Order for sale Jun 14, 2009
300-335 Duplex Insurance Insurance Jun 21, 2009
300-336 Alteration Agreement Alteration Jun 28, 2009
300-337 Presales Nightmares Presales Jul 5, 2009
300-338 The waste of deferred maintenance Repair & Maintenance Jul 12, 2009
300-339 Strata Agency Agreements Contracts Jul 19, 2009
300-340 Adjourning General Meetings Annual General Meeting Jul 26, 2009
300-341 Insurance Liability Insurance Aug 2, 2009
300-342 Privacy Rights and Reasons Privacy Aug 9, 2009
300-343 Troublesome Owners Strata Council Aug 16, 2009
300-344 Foreclosures Collections Aug 23, 2009
300-345 HST Taxes and Taxation Aug 30, 2009
300-346 Construction Insurance Insurance Sep 6, 2009
300-347 What does my new warranty cover? Warranty Claims Sep 13, 2009
300-348 Proxy pulling Proxies Sep 20, 2009
300-349 Collecting Funds Collections Sep 27, 2009
300-350 Changes to the Strata Property Act Strata Property Act Oct 4, 2009
300-351 Who pays the damage Repair & Maintenance Oct 11, 2009
300-352 Snow Removal Snow Removal Oct 18, 2009
300-353 To rent or not to rent Rentals Oct 25, 2009
300-354 Selling your condo. Watch for costs Buying/Rush fees Nov 1, 2009
300-355 Townhouse Maintenance Repair & Maintenance Nov 8, 2009
300-356 HST and HRTC Taxes & Taxation Nov 15, 2009
300-357 Homeowner Insurance Losses Insurance Nov 22, 2009
300-358 Gas Furnace Regulation Changes Repair & Maintenance Nov 29, 2009
300-359 Getting your owners involved Quorum Dec 6, 2009
300-360 Contract Lures Contracts Dec 13, 2009
300-361 Rental Disclosure & Strata Property Act Amendments Rentals & Rental Bylaws Dec 20, 2009

 

2008 Condo Smarts (300-259 to 300-310)
Bulletin Headline Topic Publication date
300-259 Don’t skimp on fixing problems General Information Jan 06, 2008
300-260 Catch shenanigans early on Fraud Jan 13, 2008
300-261 Renter ruins suites: Who pays? Insurance Jan 20, 2008
300-262 Take control of strata Insurance Jan 27, 2008
300-263 Don’t dally over liabilities Insurance Feb 03, 2008
300-264 Council needs liability insurance Insurance Feb 10, 2008
300-265 Study your strata insurance Insurance Feb 17, 2008
300-266 Decked by repair costs Balconies & Decks Feb 24, 2008
300-267 Council meetings Strata Council Mar 02, 2008
300-268 Presales & Sales agreements Buying Mar 09, 2008
300-269 Smoking in buildings Smoking Mar 16, 2008
300-270 Dryer vents in high-rise construction Repair & Maintenance Mar 23, 2008
300-271 Asbestos Repair & Maintenance Mar 30, 2008
300-272 The Scoop on Sections Sections Apr 06, 2008
300-273 What to Know about Conversions Buying Apr 13, 2008
300-274 Disbursements: Don’t Get Burned Finances Apr 20, 2008
300-275 Proxies Proxies Apr 27, 2008
300-276 Contingency Reserve Funds Reserve plans May 04, 2008
300-277 Buying a Bare Land Strata Buying May 11, 2008
300-278 Investor and Rental Pools Buying May 18, 2008
300-279 Insurance Deductible Levy Insurance May 25, 2008
300-280 Grandfathering Bylaws Jun 01, 2008
300-281 Doors & Windows (Who Pays) Windows Jun 08, 2008
300-282 Making Sure Unit Entitlement is Correct Unit Entitlement/Common Expenses Jun 15, 2008
300-283 Annual Budget Shortfalls Budgets Jun 22, 2008
300-284 Strata Council Blues Strata Council Jun 27, 2008
300-285 Maintenance or Crisis Repair & Maintenance Jul 06, 2008
300-286 Insurance Replacement Value Insurance Jul 13, 2008
300-287 Utility Charges Taxes & taxation Jul 20, 2008
300-288 Written documents a must Contracts Jul 27, 2008
300-289 BC Human Rights Code Human Rights Aug 03, 2008
300-290 You’ve got mail…where do we send it? Record Keeping Aug 10, 2008
300-291 The first year of a strata Record Keeping Aug 17, 2008
300-292 Environmental restoration Order for repair by authority Aug 24, 2008
300-293 When disaster strikes Insurance Aug 31, 2008
300-294 Illegal suites Rental Bylaws Sep 07, 2008
300-295 Handicapped parking headaches Parking Sep 14, 2008
300-296 User fees User fees Sep 21, 2008
300-297 First Nation leasehold condos Corporations Sep 28, 2008
300-298 Selling common assets of the strata corporation Common property Oct 05, 2008
300-299 Election signs Election Oct 12, 2008
300-300 Buyer’s documents Buying Oct 19, 2008
300-301 Orders for sale Collections Oct 26, 2008
300-302 Financial disasters Contingency Reserve Funds Nov 2, 2008
300-303 Townhouse plumbing Repair & Maintenance Nov 9, 2008
300-304 Rush fee for sales certificates Buying Nov 16, 2008
300-305 Only one council member left standing Strata council Nov 23, 2008
300-306 Passing ¾ resolutions Voting Nov 30, 2008
300-307 Electronic meetings Privacy legislation Dec 7, 2008
300-308 Real Christmas trees Christmas trees Dec 14, 2008
300-309 Open house bylaws Open houses Dec 21, 2008
300-310 Construction liability Insurance Dec 28, 2008
2007 Condo Smarts (300-209 to 300-258)
Bulletin Headline Topic Publication date
300-209 Ignoring repairs blew up into one big mess Repair & Maintenance Jan 07, 2007
300-210 Don’t ever compromise safety by giving out key Keys Jan 14, 2007
300-211 Ice dams pose serious problem for roof Repair & Maintenance Jan 21, 2007
300-212 Owners must pay for repairs Repair & Maintenance Jan 28, 2007
300-213 Always check buildings after heavy snow Access Feb 04, 2007
300-214 Don’t let bully destroy your community Bullies Feb 11, 2007
300-215 Dog doo on Deck a problem for all Pets Feb 18, 2007
300-216 Strata treasurer has no right to keep financial information from owners Access Feb 25, 2007
300-217 Don’t ignore routine maintenance Repair & Maintenance Mar 04, 2007
300-218 Danger of “warehousing” family burdens Eviction Mar 11, 2007
300-219 Strata officers not paying their fees Strata fees Mar 18, 2007
300-220 Help available for costs of repairing leaky condo Leaky Condos Mar 25, 2007
300-221 Phased developments will one day affect all owners Phased strata Apr 01, 2007
300-222 Vigilance an absolute must Management Apr 08, 2007
300-223 Beware bare-land strata costs Bare-land stratas Apr 15, 2007
300-224 Vote those tyrants out Annual General Meeting Apr 22, 2007
300-225 New rules not enforceable Rentals and rental bylaws Apr 29, 2007
300-226 Costly misunderstanding Buying May 06, 2007
300-227 Vote to outlaw lock boxes Lock Boxes May 13, 2007
300-228 You need a lawyer Parking May 20, 2007
300-229 Don’t do work without an OK Amalgamation May 27, 2007
300-230 Everyone pays for exterior fix Unit Entitlement Jun 03, 2007
300-231 Get the Information Forms Jun 10, 2007
300-232 Strata can collect deductible Insurance Jun 17, 2007
300-233 Strata corp. can change extra rush fees Forms Jun 24, 2007
300-234 Flag Days Flags Jul 01, 2007
300-235 6-year-old invoice a scam? Invoices Jul 08, 2007
300-236 You are not above bylaws Municipal bylaws Jul 15, 2007
300-237 The ins and outs of legal proxies Proxies Jul 22, 2007
300-238 She should move elsewhere Accessibility Jul 29, 2007
300-239 Council barking up the wrong tree here; How can they order your dogs out when they own them as well? Pets Aug 05, 2007
300-240 Strata has the right to evict renters Eviction Aug 12, 2007
300-241 Parking headaches Parking Aug 19, 2007
300-242 Porn Invasion Prostitution Aug 26, 2007
300-243 Lawyer may be all wet when it comes to maintaining that pool Pools Sep 02, 2007
300-244 Grow-ops bane of owners Pot Sep 09, 2007
300-245 Strata corps need AGMs Annual General Meetings Sep 16, 2007
300-246 Annual suite inspections should forestall problems Bylaws Sep 23, 2007
300-247 Someone always must pay Unit Entitlement Sept 30, 2007
300-248 Strata Council in conflict? Sections Oct 07, 2007
300-249 Owners Face Flooding and Ruin Hot water tanks Oct 14, 2007
300-250 Deck unlikely to remain Buying Oct 21, 2007
300-251 Bylaws often block rentals Rental and rental bylaws Oct 28, 2007
300-252 Door, window rules tough Windows Nov 04, 2007
300-253 Pre-sale units a double-edged sword Buying Nov 11, 2007
300-254 Drainage a strata problem Repair & Maintenance Nov 18, 2007
300-255 Warranties can be tricky business Warranties Nov 25, 2007
300-256 Home invasion one danger of handing over house keys Keys Dec 02, 2007
300-257 Smells, cold from failed hallway pressure system Repair & Maintenance Dec 09, 2007
300-258 Don’t stint on Insurance Insurance Dec 16, 2007
2006 Condo Smarts (300-159 to 300-208)
Bulletin Headline Topic Publication date
300-159 Can a strata have its own line of credit or even credit cards? Spending Authority Jan 08, 2006
300-160 Better check your signage bylaw before imposing fines Elections Jan 15, 2006
300-161 Termites have infested our building Pest Control Jan 22, 2006
300-162 Have condo-management rules changed? Management Jan 29, 2006
300-163 Look to municipality for help Grow-ops Feb 05, 2006
300-164 How do I survive council? Strata Council Feb 12, 2006
300-165 Theft and misuse of funds can be avoided Finances Feb 19, 2006
300-166 Do we have to pay? Buying Feb 26, 2006
300-167 Previous council spent our money on non-strata operations Operating Fund Mar 05, 2006
300-168 Manager says the Strata Property Act doesn’t apply – is that true? Commercial stratas Mar 12, 2006
300-169 Can our council do this? Alteration Mar 19, 2006
300-170 We have a sex offender in our building Sex Offender Mar 26, 2006
300-171 Pres hired her brother Conflict of Interest Apr 02, 2006
300-172 What to do with our dogs Buying Apr 09, 2006
300-173 They’ve shut down the hot tub and pool Authority of strata council Apr 16, 2006
300-174 You’ll need a lawyer Refunds Apr 23, 2006
300-175 Do I have to evict my tenants? Rentals Apr 30, 2006
300-176 Strata can’t stop open house Open houses May 07, 2006
300-177 How did this happen? Unit Entitlement May 14, 2006
300-178 Strata Council in Legal dog fight Legal fees May 21, 2006
300-179 Five tips to know before buying Buying May 28, 2006
300-180 Combining two units into one can be done Amalgamation of strata lots Jun 04, 2006
300-181 In hot water over tanks Hot water tanks Jun 11, 2006
300-182 Neighbours planting plans affect our view Landscaping Jun 18, 2006
300-183 Buyers need a Form B Buying Jun 25, 2005
300-184 Your strata needs only to report Taxes and taxation Jul 02, 2006
300-185 There are rules for allocating surplus funds Refunds Jul 09, 2006
300-186 Does strata use employees or contractors Hiring Jul 16, 2006
300-187 Previous tenants damage May be covered Repair & Maintenance Jul 23, 2006
300-188 Councils can ban on-site vehicle repairs Vehicle repairs Jul 30, 2006
300-189 Financial irregularities too common Financials Aug 06, 2006
300-190 Get everything in writing Contracts Aug 13, 2006
300-191 Can the strata stop rentals? Buying Aug 20, 2006
300-192 Bare-land strata laws are different Bare-land strata Aug 27, 2006
300-193 Shouldn’t our warranty pay for this? Alterations Sep 03, 2006
300-194 Council voted but didn’t send us notice Strata Council Sep 10, 2006
300-195 In-suite laundry needs building permits, permission Alteration Sep 17, 2006
300-196 What to do when your strata is sued Insurance Sep 24, 2006
300-197 Insurance best course for golf-ball problem Insurance Oct 01, 2006
300-198 Is your home your castle? Alteration Oct 08, 2006
300-199 Family status trumps bylaw Rentals and rental bylaws Oct 15, 2006
300-200 Maintenance plan is critical Repair & Maintenance Oct 22, 2006
300-201 You’re right, they can’t do this Bylaw Oct 29, 2006
300-202 Strata does windows: REMINDER Windows Nov 05, 2006
300-203 You must make a plan Strata Fees Nov 12, 2006
300-204 Holiday trees hit a snag Christmas trees Nov 19, 2006
300-205 Strata well within rights to limit rentals Rentals and rental bylaws Nov 26, 2006
300-206 This time council is wrong Snow removal Dec 03, 2006
300-207 No Form B means no sale for owner Forms Dec 10, 2006
300-208 What do we do with these unwanted pets? Holiday Tips Dec 17, 2006

 

2005 Condo Smarts (300-109 to 300-158)
Bulletin Headline Topic Publication date
300-109 Stratas’ seasonal pet peeve Pets Jan 09, 2005
300-110 Strata act, plan lay out who’s responsible Repair & Maintenance Jan 16, 2005
300-111 Check out this list: Regular inspections can prevent damage Repair & Maintenance Jan 23, 2005
300-112 Bylaws spell it out Bylaws Jan 30, 2005
300-113 A notice avoids embarrassment Repair & Maintenance Feb 06, 2205 300-114 This dog’s luck ran out Pets Feb 13, 2005 300-115 Parking often a problem but it doesn’t have to be Parking Feb 20, 2005 300-116 Buyer Beware Buying Feb 27, 2005 300-117 Home-based can mean harmony Businesses Mar 06, 2005 300-118 Secret deals and secret meetings cause trouble Procedures Mar 23, 2005 300-119 A need for full, current disclosure Forms Mar 30, 2005 300-120 Rover did it, but you are responsible Pets Mar 27, 2005 300-121 Find out if the strata pays for maintenance Repair & Maintenance Apr 03, 2005 300-122 The cat’s out of the bag Pets Apr 10, 2005 300-123 The laws are clear if councils care to read Procedures Apr 17, 2005 300-124 Election signs have their place Elections Apr 24, 2005 300-125 Good deck sense Repair & Maintenance May 01, 2005 300-126 Records must be readily available Access May 08, 2005 300-127 How to avoid courting disaster Court actions May 15, 2005 300-128 Don’t cut down your trees Landscaping May 22, 2005 300-129 Strata council needs to protect its volunteers Volunteers May 29, 2005 300-130 Review rules and bylaws but don’t go crazy Rules Jun 5, 2005 300-131 Waiting for repairs costs about $200K Repair & Maintenance Jun 12, 2005 300-132 Be sure to check all covenants Covenants Jun 19, 2005 300-133 Ignore the bylaws, you’ll get burned Bylaws Jun 26, 2005 300-134 Records of construction crucial to stratas Record keeping Jul 03, 2005 300-135 Allow access for inspections or pay the price Repair & Maintenance Jul 10, 2005 300-136 Check before filing: MIX-UPS Land Titles Office Jul 17, 2005 300-137 The bigger picture Repair & Maintenance Jul 24, 2005 300-138 Stratas have power to make you pay Collections Jul 31, 2005 300-139 Parking Problems Parking Aug 07, 2005 300-140 This strata caught hiding information Record keeping Aug 14, 2005 300-141 Film shoots good idea – if rules are followed Film shoots Aug 21, 2005 300-142 Bylaws that work Strata Council Aug 28, 2005 300-143 Keep eye on law Special levies Sep 04, 2005 300-144 What if we don’t want cable Contracts Sep 11, 2005 300-145 Are we stuck with this? Repairs and contracts Sep 18, 2005 300-146 Who’s responsible here? Water Damage Sep 25, 2005 300-147 Enforce or change bylaws Bylaws Oct 02, 2005 300-148 We like the work council does except for one thing Rentals and rental bylaws Oct 09, 2005 300-149 Review insurance yearly Insurance Oct 16, 2005 300-150 Ask before you renovate Renovations Oct 23, 2005 300-151 Making a “doggy door” is a major bylaw violation Alteration Oct 30, 2005 300-152 Strata council cannot make you do anything Snow removal Nov 06, 2005 300-153 Enforcing bylaws councils job Bylaws Nov 13, 2005 300-154 Who pays insurance deductible? Insurance Nov 20, 2005 300-155 What are the rules for AGM? Bylaws Nov 27, 2005 300-156 Bylaws govern everyone Bylaws Dec 04, 2005 300-157 Nosy neighbours are your best resident security system Strata Living Dec 11, 2005 300-158 ‘Tis the season to think twice, be careful and stay safe Christmas Trees Dec 18, 2005
2004 Condo Smarts (300-059 to 300-108)
Bulletin Headline Topic Publication date
300-059 Entry to units must be clear for owners and strata Keys Jan 09, 2004
300-060 Heating and piping often strata owner’s responsibility Pipes Jan 16, 2004
300-061 Eviction of owner is possible Eviction Jan 23, 2004
300-062 Strata’s small victory doesn’t meet the rules Contingency Reserve Fund Jan 30, 2004
300-063 Leak reveals major flaw in strata’s bylaws Bylaws Feb 06, 2004
300-064 Venting their frustrations Repair & Maintenance Feb 13, 2004
300-065 Regular checks, maintenance may ward off costly repairs Repair & Maintenance Feb 20, 2004
300-066 Council that employs members and waives fees violates bylaws Remuneration of Council members Feb 27, 2004
300-067 Straightforward law clears up confusion Rentals and rental bylaws Mar 07, 2004
300-068 Claiming costs after strata’s hairraising act Bylaws Mar 14, 2004
300-069 Alterations must pass council vote Alteration Mar 21, 2004
300-070 Adapt bylaws to suit restrictions on noise Noise Mar 28, 2004
300-071 To get the correct information, go right to the source Buying Apr 04, 2004
300-072 Council must get approval from owners Common property Apr 11, 2004
300-073 Bills can balloon if put off when they should be paid Common Property Apr 18, 2004
300-074 Special terms needs special attention Buying Apr 25, 2004
300-075 Key word in strata living is “common” Strata living May 02, 2004
300-076 Preventive pest control the wisest Pest control May 09, 2004
300-077 When pets run wild, council can step in for control Bylaw Enforcement May 16, 2004
300-078 Guard against financial fraud Audits May 23, 2004
300-079 Stratas earning profits are not taxexempt Taxes and taxation May 30, 2004
300-080 Canvassing during an election Elections Jun 06, 2004
300-081 Election-sign angst can be avoided Elections Jun 13, 2004
300-082 Rogue sprinkler leaves its mark Repair & Maintenance Jun 20, 2004
300-083 Surplus require careful planning Finances Jun 27, 2004
300-084 Deck the laws with specifics for balconies Repair & Maintenance Jul 04, 2004
300-085 Check renters’ credentials Rentals and rental bylaws Jul 11, 2004
300-086 Levy hits uninformed owners Special levies Jul 18, 2004
300-087 My Top 10 condo myths General Information Jul 25, 2004
300-088 Exterior repairs are an issue Repair & Maintenance Aug 01, 2004
300-089 Act against rowdy neighbours Eviction Aug 08, 2004
300-090 The hole truth of strata law Air conditioning units Aug 15, 2004
300-091 When stratas push things too far Spending Authority Aug 22, 2004
300-092 Three-quarter votes Voting Aug 30, 2004
300-093 Owners need notice of meetings Procedures Sep 05, 2004
300-094 Stratas must comply with rights charter Spending Authority Sep 12, 2004
300-095 Phased stratas must follow the Act Phased stratas Sep 19, 2004
300-096 Councils necessary Administrators Sep 26, 2004
300-097 Licenses for strata managers Management Oct 03, 2004
300-098 Buy-to-rent investors must watch bylaws Investors Oct 10, 2004
300-099 Condo Smarts survival guide: Top 10 tips Strata living Oct 17, 2004
300-100 Stratas are not companies Strata Corporations Oct 25, 2004
300-101 Contractor conundrum Contracts Oct 31, 2004
300-102 Avoid the explosive problem of fireworks Fireworks Nov 07, 2004
300-103 Sound proofing key if swapping carpet for hard wood flooring Noise Nov 14, 2004
300-104 Condo renos can open up can of worms Alteration Nov 21, 2004
300-105 Pay for it now – or pay later Insurance Nov 28, 2004
300-106 Attention to detail may flush out illegal activities in stratas Grow-ops Dec 05, 2004
300-107 Strata forced to shine a light on delinquent owner General Information Dec 12, 2004
300-108 Make the season merry: note the bylaws Holiday Tips Dec 19, 2004
2003 Condo Smarts (300-009 to 300-058)
Bulletin Headline Topic Publication date
300-009 If in doubt, check the plan Unit entitlement Jan 10, 2003
300-010 Proper proxy notes Proxies Jan 17, 2003
300-011 Approval needed for strata work Alteration Jan 24, 2003
300-012 Renovations by the laws Renovations Jan 31, 2003
300-013 Bylaws for business, too Prostitution Feb 07, 2003
300-014 Know where the fees go Strata fees Feb 14, 2003
300-015 Hire a lawyer for deals regarding Crown lands Native Lands Feb 21, 2003
300-016 Stratas detail parking, too Parking Feb 28, 2003
300-017 Bare-strata land great – if you’re aware of it Bare land strata Mar 07, 2003
300-018 Check first before you start to drill Satellite dishes Mar 14, 2003
300-019 Common-property repairs for strata Windows Mar 21, 2003
300-020 Head off repairs with planning Reserve Plans Mar 28, 2003
300-021 Fines, lawsuits the next course Enforcing bylaws Apr 04, 2003
300-022 It’s cheaper to check Repair & Maintenance Apr 11, 2003
300-023 Unique strata lease agreements need special vote Contracts Apr 18, 2003
300-024 Age Restrictions must be stated in bylaws Age Restrictions Apr 25, 2003
300-025 Strata laws make clear who gets common use Buying May 02, 2003
300-026 Not entitled to share of contingency fund Contingency fund May 09, 2003
300-027 Everything’s covered with proper policy Insurance May 16, 2003
300-028 Get strata info and do your homework Buying a strata lot May 23, 2003
300-029 No-worry warranties Warranty May 30, 2003
300-030 Consult the pros when needed Builder liens Jun 6, 2003
300-031 Pet ownership made clear in strata bylaws Pet registry Jun 13, 2003
300-032 Strata laws need to be fair to all residents Human Rights Jun 20, 2003
300-033 Be clear with assessments after closing Special levies Jun 27, 2003
300-034 Operations plan can eliminate grief for owners Repair & Maintenance Jul 04, 2003
300-035 Bylaws define property use Limited common property Jul 11, 2003
300-036 Parking rules must be clear to avoid any congestion Parking Jul 18, 2003
300-037 Strata limited in influencing rental units Rentals and rental bylaws Jul 25, 2003
300-038 BBQ use is clear, candlemakers must pay up Insurance Aug 01, 2003
300-039 Landlord on the hook for tenant fines Landlords Aug 08, 2003
300-040 Bylaw can prevent water-tank emergency Repair & Maintenance Aug 15, 2003
300-041 Strata rentals always a bit complicated Developer’s impact on rental units Aug 22, 2003
300-042 Bylaws say it all – but they must be filed Bylaws Aug 29, 2003
300-043 Who’s got the money? Procedures Sep 05, 2003
300-044 After you’ve asked questions, request documents Buying Sep 12, 2003
300-045 Billiard playing council stepped beyond its mandate Spending authority Sep 19, 2003
300-046 Maintenance now saves money later Repair & Maintenance Sep 26, 2003
300-047 Checks and balances in place for any strata snags Buying Oct 03, 2003
300-048 Check your contracts: It really pays Builder liens Oct 10, 2003
300-049 Any user-fee changes must pass at meeting User fees Oct 17, 2003
300-050 Efforts to get owners to pay bulk of repairs often backfire Limited Common Property Oct 24, 2003
300-051 Beware those tricksters who wreak havoc Security Oct 31, 2003
300-052 Strata plan should detail responsibilities Windows Nov 07, 2003
300-053 This owner held responsible for pets’ damage Pets Nov 14, 2003
300-054 Strata rules need to be clear, correct Rules Nov 21, 2003
300-055 Hot-tub overflow forces the issue for Kits strata Hot tubs Nov 28, 2003
300-056 Strata need clear rules on spending Special levies Dec 05, 2003
300-057 Increased demand may stress furnaces, hot-water tanks Repair & Maintenance Dec 12, 2003
300-058 Bylaws only as good as the enforcement Bylaws Dec 19, 2003

 

2002 Condo Smarts (300-001 to 300-008)
Bulletin Headline Topic Publication date
300-001 Condo guy to the rescue General Information Nov 08, 2002
300-002 Check all bylaws before moving pet into building Buying Nov 15, 2002
300-003 Personal insurance a must Insurance Nov 22, 2002
300-004 Get written permission before any fix it projects Alterations to common property Nov 29, 2002
300-005 Their home at stake Strata fees Dec 06, 2002
300-006 Strata crucial for decks, balconies Repair & Maintenance Dec 13, 2002
300-007 Strata Claus to rescue Hardship Dec 20, 2002
300-008 Strata has say on tree disposal Christmas tree disposal Dec 27, 2002