Strata Living

2017 Strata Living (800-259 to 800-305)
Bulletin Headline Topic Publication date
800-259 When is enough, enough? Noise & Rentals Jan 7
800-260 How do we get our roof fixed? Repair & Maintenance, Roofs Jan 12
800-261 Who controls parking? Parking Jan 19
800-262 When do I need approval for alterations to my strata lot? Alterations Jan 26
800-263 How to remove a pet Pets Feb 2
800-264 Who holds the funds? Contingency Reserve Funds & Investing Feb 9
800-265 Who sets the agenda? Agendas Feb 16
800-266 Ignoring repairs is no solution Repairs & Maintenance Feb 23
800-267 Charging extra fees Strata fees March 2
800-268 Is there a limit on a strata fee increases? Strata fees, budgets March 9
800-269 The trouble with secret ballots Voting March 16
800-270 Is it legal for council members to be paid? Strata council remuneration March 23
800-271 Alteration requests Alterations March 30
800-272 A special levy surplus Special Levy surplus April 6
800-273 Modifying my townhouse for access Alterations April 13
800-274 Liquidation or winding up, what’s the difference? Winding up a Strata April 20
800-275 How are user fees for certain things decided? User fees April 27
800-276 Common area mail boxes Mailboxes May 4
800-277 Tracking who pays? Collections May 11
800-278 What reasonable conditions can my strata impose for alterations? Alterations May 18
800-279 Access to a strata lot Access to a strata lot May 25
800-280 Limiting proxies – Don’t tamper with voting rights Proxies June 2
800-281 To destroy ballots or not, that is the question? Voting June 8
800-282 Barbecue time, and the complaints are rolling in! Balconies & Decks; Barbecues June 15
800-283 Giving Notice to the Strata: When can council members say “no”? Strata Council; authority June 22
800-284 Who pays for damages? Bylaws; fines, insurance June 29
800-285 Can strata screen buyers and tenants? Rentals & rental Bylaws, Buying & Selling, Bylaws; Enforcement July 6
800-286 Are LED upgrades worth considering? Energy Upgrades July 13
800-287 When is special levy money refunded? Special Levies July 20
800-288 What is a majority vote and what is a ¾ vote to approve contingency fund expenses? Voting, Depreciation Reports July 27
800-289 Disputing an amount with a strata Buying & Selling Aug 3
800-290 User Fees Keys, User Fees Aug 10
800-291 Small strata corporations Voting, Strata Living Aug 17
800-292 Too many votes at AGM Voting Aug Aug 24
800-293 Who charges the fees? Collections; Liens Aug 31
800-294 Council Rules: A Disaster Rules Sept 7
800-295 Strata council must provide owners list and addresses Privacy, Petition for an SGM Sept 14
800-296 Access to a strata lot Access to a strata lot Sept 21
800-297 Who is responsible for patio door repairs? Repair & Maintenance of common property, Insurance Sept 28
800-298 Strata Insurance Insurance Oct 5
800-299 Who repairs attic spaces? Repair & Maintenance of Common Property Oct 12
800-300 Who is responsible for outside maintenance costs? Insurance, Alterations to Common Property Oct 19
800-301 Who scoops the movie money? Common Property; bylaws regarding use of Oct 26
800-302 Authority to Contract Strata Management Nov 3
800-303 How is a special levy calculated? Special Levies Nov 9
800-304 What is a non‐conforming strata? Strata Living Nov 16
800-305 Charging extra fees Contracts, Access to Information Nov 23
NOTE: Due to internal changes with the publisher this column is no longer running.

 

2016 Strata Living (800-209 to 800-258)
Bulletin Headline Topic Publication date
800-209 Missing repair report has buyer worried Buying and Selling Jan 7
800-210 How rentals are counted Rentals and Rental Bylaws Jan 14
800-211 Collecting a Special Levy Special Levies Jan 21
800-212 Access to a strata lot Access Jan 28
800-213 How do we get our strata to comply with the Act? Disputes, Civil Resolution Tribunal Act Feb 4
800-214 Removing trees Alterations to Common Property Feb 11
800-215 Transferring management agreements Management Feb 18
800-216 The cost of forms Forms Feb 25
800-217 How is authority delegated in a strata? Strata Council Mar 3
800-218 Who maintains dryer vent ducting? Repair & Maintenance Mar 10
800-219 Minutes of Meetings Minutes Mar 17
800-220 Who has an additional vote if there is a tie? Voting Mar 24
800-221 Community Gardens Landscaping Mar 31
800-222 When is the first AGM for a new strata? Annual General Meeting Apr 7
800-223 The Strata Mailing Address Notice, Record Keeping Apr 14
800-224 Pipe Burst Insurance Apr 21
800-225 Strata may be liable for incorrect information certificates Forms , Parking Apr 28
800-226 Forced Labour? Bylaws May 5
800-227 Form F Payments Forms May 12
800-228 Bylaws never enforced Bylaws May 19
800-229 The difference between bylaws and rules Bylaws, Rules May 26
800-230 Removing trees Landscaping Jun 2
800-231 Unlawful Access to a strata lot Access Jun 9
800-232 How is common property determined Common property June 16
800-233 Depreciation reports and the limitation period Depreciation reports, Limitation Act June 23
800-234 Are guide training dogs exempt from pet bylaws? Pet bylaws, Guide Dogs June 30
800-235 Absentee Ballots are Not allowed Voting, Absentee ballots July 7
800-236 What is “Interest on Destruction?” Winding up a strata corporation July 14
800-237 Fair Enforcement of Bylaws CRT, Bylaw Enforcement July 21
800-238 Access to strata lots and the Census Access July 28
800-239 Charging for Record Inspections Access to records Aug 4
800-240 Elevator Advertising Monitors & Surveillance Security Aug 11
800-241 Smoking Problems and No Smoking Bylaws Smoking Aug 17
800-242 Buying a Condo Sight Unseen Buying & Selling Aug 25
800-243 Duplex Woes Duplexes, Non-Conforming Stratas Sept 1
800-244 Who’s in & Who’s Out: Age, Rental & Pet bylaws Bylaws Sept 8
800-245 What if the Strata Won’t Enforce Bylaws? Bylaw Enforcement Sept 15
800-246 Proxy Wars Proxies Sept 22
800-247 New guide dog exemptions Guide Dogs Sept 29
800-248  What happens when the strata is being sued? Lawsuits, insurance  Oct 6
800-249 Ballots Voting Oct 20
800-250 Are 3 bids required? The scope of work Maintenance, quotes, scope of work Oct 27
800-251 The Form B Information Certificate has changed! Form B Information Certificate Nov 3
800-252 Do buyers qualify for bylaw exemptions? Buying & selling, Bylaws Nov 10
800-253 What constitutes a majority vote under the Strata Property Act? Voting, majority vote Nov 17
800-254 Depreciation Reports Depreciation Reports Nov 24
800-255 Civil Resolution Tribunal: The First Decision CRT Dec 1
800-256 What is a hearing? Hearings Dec 8
800-257 Who cleans the sidewalks? Snow Removal Dec 15
800-258 What is a quorum? Quorum Dec 22

 

2015 Strata Living (800-158 to 800-208)
Bulletin Headline Topic Publication date
800-158 New regs on recycling Recycling Jan 8
800-159 What a difference a day makes! Hearings, Hardship Jan 15
800-160 How are votes counted? Voting Jan 22
800-161 Who is responsible for deck membranes? Balconies and Decks Jan 29
800-162 Sections & Operations Sections Feb 5
800-163 Bylaw Blues Bylaws Feb 12
800-164 Guest chairperson out of order Annual General Meeting / Special General Meeting Feb 19
800-165 Parking Allocations Parking Feb 26
800-166 Cable Services Contracts Mar 5
800-167 Voting Cards Voting Mar 12
800-168 Enforcing Bylaws Bylaws Mar 19
800-169 Does size matter? Pet bylaws Mar 26
800-170 Video Taping Strata Meetings Recording Meetings, Annual General Meeting / Special General Meeting Apr 2
800-171 Investor Problems Rentals and Rental Bylaws, Buying & Selling Apr 9
800-172 Form F payment certificate Forms Apr 16
800-173 Insurance deductible special levy Insurance Apr 23
800-174 Tenant Damages Rentals and Rental Bylaws Apr 30
800-175 Proxy Problems Proxies May 7
800-176 Entering a strata lot Access May 14
800-177 New Developments AGM, Owner Developers May 21
800-178 Can council spend money without permission? Spending Authority May 28
800-179 Strata Lot Bylaws Bylaws Jun 4
800-180 Can strata ding you extra for plumbing? Alterations Jun 11
800-181 Who plans the AGM? Annual General Meeting Jun 18
800-182 Who decides when it’s time to file a lien against a strata lot? Collections Jun 25
800-183 Privacy of records Access Jul 2
800-184 Verify the Source Strata Council Jul 9
800-185 Eligibility for council Strata Council Jul 16
800-186 Janitorial fees prompt debate on chargesUser Fees Jul 23
800-187 Bylaws and commercial strata lots Bylaws, Commerical Stratas Jul 30
800-188 Impact of Pet Restriction Bylaws Pet bylaws Aug 6
800-189 Can an owner really be forced out of a special meeting? Annual General Meeting / Special General Meeting Aug 13
800-190 Air B&B and Short Term Rentals Rentals and Rental Bylaws Aug 20
800-191 Insurance Bylaws Insurance Aug 27
800-192 Section Expense Allocations Sections Sep 3
800-193 Is it notice or notify? Minutes , Notice Sep 10
800-194 Parking Ownership Parking Sep 17
800-195 Parking Problems Parking Sep 24
800-196 Pet Problems Pets Oct 1
800-197 Suing an Owner Lawsuits Oct 8
800-198 Hardship Applications Hardship Oct 15
800-199 Private Records Records Oct 22
800-200 Access to a strata lot Access Oct 29
800-201 Adding business to the AGM Annual General Meeting, Rules Nov 5
800-202 Refunds to owners Special Levies Nov 12
800-203 What does the word ‘reasonable’ mean? Bylaws Nov 19
800-204 Fines on strata fees Strata Fees Nov 26
800-205 Proxy Battles Proxies Dec 3
800-206 Mailboxes Mailboxes Dec 10
800-207 The cost of non compliance? Spending Authority Dec 17
800-208 Christmas Trees Bylaws, Rules Dec 24

 

2014 Strata Living (800-108 to 800-157)
Bulletin Headline Topic Publication date
800-108 Buyer’s Records Buying & Selling Jan 9
800-109 How long do we keep our records? Record Keeping Jan 16
800-110 Can the strata sell a caretaker’s suite? Buying & Selling, Caretakers Jan 23
800-111 How much of our Depreciation Report do we have to fund? Depreciation Reports Jan 30
800-112 Who does the work? Repair of Limited Common Property Feb 6
800-113 Change a parking space to a bike room Alterations to Common Property Feb 13
800-114 Rental bylaws Rentals and Rental Bylaws Feb 20
800-115 How do we approve fees? Budgets Feb 27
800-116 Satellite Dishes Satellite Dishes Mar 6
800-117 Tiling Balconies Balconies & Decks, Alterations Mar 13
800-118 Who determines the agenda of meetings? Agendas, Strata Council, Annual General Meetings / Special General Meetings Mar 20
800-119 Determining who will do strata repairs. Repair & Maintenance Mar 27
800-120 Counting Votes Voting Apr 3
800-121 How many hamsters are too many? Pets Apr 10
800-122 Special levies gone bad Special Levies Apr 17
800-123 Towing Vehicles Parking Apr 24
800-124 Landlord Blues Rentals & Rental Bylaws May 1
800-125 New Changes to the Strata Act Voting, Depreciation Reports May 8
800-126 Who is responsible for Limited Common Property? Repair & Maintenance May 15
800-127 Fines and Penalties for Tenants Bylaws, Rental Bylaws May 22
800-128 Secret renters Rentals and Rental Bylaws May 29
800-129 What does a buyer do when the strata won’t give them the information they request? Buying and Selling Jun 5
800-130 Counting ballots Voting Jun 12
800-131 Smoke Free Housing Smoking Jun 19
800-132 July 1st Flags Flags Jun 26
800-133 Rogue council Strata Council Jul 3
800-134 Who owns the records? Record Keeping, Access to Records Jul 10
800-135 Filing New Bylaws Bylaws Land Titles Office Jul 17
800-136 Access to a strata lot Access Jul 24
800-137 Who repairs my ceiling? Repair & Maintenance Jul 31
800-138 Accessing Records Access Aug 7
800-139 When dog owners bark back about complaints Pets Aug 14
800-140 What does notice for an annual meeting include? Annual General Meeting Aug 21
800-141 Council Decisions Strata Council Aug 28
800-142 Who is an Eligible Voter? Voting Sep 4
800-143 Unexpected Special Levy Special Levies Sep 11
800-144 Who gets a special levy refund? Special Levies Sep 18
800-145 Chronic Parking Abusers Parking Sep 25
800-146 Are commercial lots different than residential? Commercial Stratas, Voting Oct 2
800-147 Minutes of Meetings Meetings Oct 9
800-148 Changing my floors Flooring Oct 16
800-149 How is parking allocated in a strata corporation? Parking Oct 23
800-150 Owners challenge AGM Annual General Meeting / Special General Meeting, notice Oct 30
800-151 Who writes resolutions? Special Levies, Annual General Meeting / Special General Meeting Nov 6
800-152 Condo Living Buying & Selling, Rules Nov 13
800-153 What’s the Hype Over Air B&B’s? Rentals and Rental Bylaws Nov 20
800-154 Pet Wars Pets Nov 27
800-155 Minutes Minutes Dec 4
800-156 What’s going on with sections? Sections Dec 11
800-157 What is a non-conforming strata? Strata Corporations Dec 18

 

2013 Strata Living (800-058 to 800-107)
Bulletin Headline Topic Publication date
800-058 Who has access to records? Access Jan 3
800-059 What is the maximum rate of fines? Collections, Fines Jan 10
800-060 Deficits Budgets; deficits Jan 17
800-061 What restricts the sale of a strata lot? Buying & Selling Jan 24
800-062 Who counts the AGM vote? Voting Jan 31
800-063 Surprise Special Levies Special Levies, Insurance Feb 7
800-064 Paying Strata Council Strata Council Feb 14
800-065 Surveillance Cameras Security Feb 21
800-066 Strata Bullying Bullies Feb 28
800-067 Spending Limits for Strata Council Spending Authority, Strata Council Mar 7
800-068 Form K For Rentals Form K, Rental and Rental Bylaws Mar 14
800-069 Do we need 3 quotes? Painting Procedures, Repair & Maintenance Mar 21
800-070 Can We limit Proxies Proxies Mar 28
800-071 Changing my Parking Parking Apr 4
800-072 What is grandfathering? Bylaws, Pets Apr 11
800-073 Getting info on a purchase Buying & Selling Apr 18
800-074 Election Signs & Campaigning Elections Apr 25
800-075 Who Chairs Meetings? Strata Council; meetings, AGM/SGM chair May 2
800-076 Pet’s Rentals and Age: Who is exempt? Age Restriction Bylaws, Pets, Rentals May 9
800-077 Sewer Back Up Insurance May 16
800-078 Rush Fees Forms, Fees May 23
800-079 Why we need council’s approval before we change our carpets Alterations May 30
800-080 Requirements for a 3/4 vote to exempt from a deprecation report Depreciation Reports Jun 6
800-081 How do we reconsider a three-quarters vote? Voting Jun 13
800-082 Altering a deck surface Alterations, Balconies Jun 20
800-083 Who repairs common property? Alterations, Balconies Jun 27
800-084 Who counts votes? Voting Jul 4
800-085 For richer for poorer Rentals Jul 11
800-086 Majority Votes Voting Jul 18
800-087 Barbecue Rules & Bylaws Balconies & Decks; Barbecues, Rules Jul 25
800-088 How do we Change our Strata Fees? Strata Fees Aug 1
800-089 How do I Change my Parking? Parking, Allocations Aug 8
800-090 Common Property Alterations Alterations to Common Property Aug 15
800-091 How rentals are counted Rentals and Rental Bylaws Aug 22
800-092 Charges to inspect records? User Fees, Record Keeping Aug 29
800-093 What is stored in our lockers? Storage Lockers Sep 5
800-094 What’s in your storage locker? Storage Lockers Sep 12
800-095 How to Expand Strata Council Strata Council Sep 19
800-096 Counting Votes Voting Sep 26
800-097 Insurance Deductibles Insurance Oct 3
800-098 The militant chairperson Annual General Meetings Oct 10
800-099 Unauthorized Expenses Spending Authority Oct 17
800-100 Why do we elect scrutineers? Annual General Meetings / Special General Meeting Oct 24
800-101 What’s the deal with Policy Manuals? Rules, Bylaws Oct 31
800-102 Unauthorized alterations Alterations to a Strata Lot Nov 7
800-103 How bad does it have to get? Eviction , Insurance Nov 14
800-104 Ponying up for common property repairs Repair and Maintenance of common property, Doors Nov 21
800-105 Strata council discovery of cremated remains brings up cultural issues Death Nov 28
800-106 Real Estate Signage Buying & Selling Dec 5
800-107 Condo Living Annual General Meetings / Special General Meeting Dec 12
2012 Strata Living (800-009 to 800-057)
Bulletin Headline Topic Publication date
800-009 How votes are counted Voting Jan 12
800-010 Fur flies over pets at strata council Bylaws, Pets Jan 19
800-011 Who picks up the bill? Bylaws, Types Jan 26
800-012 Certificate Charges Forms Feb 2
800-013 Who gets the refund? Refunds Feb 9
800-014 Move in Costs Buying Feb 16
800-015 Depreciation Impact on Bare Land Strata Corporations Depreciation Reports Feb 23
800-016 Adjournment Leads to Quorum Quandary Quorum Mar 1
800-017 What does grandfathering mean? Bylaws Mar 8
800-018 How much notice is required? Notice Mar 15
800-019 Amending the annual budget Budgets Mar 22
800-020 Unanimous Vote Voting Mar 29
800-021 Agenda Items Agendas Apr 12
800-022 Big Screen Buy Strata Council Apr 19
800-023 Who owns the parking? Parking Apr 26
800-024 Doors and Windows Doors and Windows May 3
800-025 Act offers a new way to end strata disputes Civil Resolution Tribunal, Lawsuits May 10
800-026 How Fines are Imposed Bylaws, Fines, Forms May 17
800-027 Filing Bylaws Bylaws May 24
800-028 Sale of a Strata Lot Collections May 31
800-029 Notice Periods for Meetings Notice Jun 7
800-030 Adult Only Complex Age Restriction Bylaws Jun 14
800-031 Amending the Annual Budget Budgets Jun 21
800-032 Electronic Meetings for Council & The AGM Strata Council, Annual General Meeting Jun 28
800-033 Who is eligible for council? Strata Council, Age Restriction Bylaws Jul 5
800-034 Land Title Changes Land Titles Office Jul 12
800-035 Pet exemptions Pets Jul 19
800-036 Who has access to the records of the Strata Corporation? Access Jul 26
800-037 Subjective Bylaws Bylaws Aug 2
800-038 Hardwood Flooring Flooring Aug 9
800-039 Financial Statements Financials Aug 16
800-040 Energy Window Upgrades Windows, Alterations to common property Aug 23
800-041 Council response to a letter Complaints, Caretakers Aug 30
800-042 Proceeds from interest Contingency Reserve Funds, Taxes & Taxation Sep 6
800-043 New Strata Corporation Fiscal Year Finances, Annual General Meeting Sep 13
800-044 Pet exemptions Pet bylaws Sep 20
800-045 Schedule of voting rights Voting Sep 27
800-046 Alterations Alterations Oct 4
800-047 Form B Information Certificate Forms Oct 11
800-048 Who Supervises the Staff? Caretakers Oct 18
800-049 Chairing Annual Meetings Annual General Meetings Oct 25
800-050 Alterations Alterations Nov 1
800-051 Gas Service Strata Council Authority, Repair & Maintenance Nov 8
800-052 Voting Voting Nov 15
800-053 Voting rights Voting Nov 22
800-054 How do we count rentals? Rentals Nov 29
800-055 User Fees for extra parking spaces and storage lockers Parking, User Fees Dec 6
800-056 Barking Dogs Pets, Bylaws Dec 13
800-057 Special Needs Alterations Alterations Dec 20
2011 Strata Living (800-001 to 800-008)
Bulletin Headline Topic Publication date
800-001 Condo sellers getting refund runaround Refunds Nov 10
800-002 Requesting information before we buy Buying Nov 17
800-003 Calculating ¾ votes Voting Nov 24
800-004 How do I challenge a penalty claim? Form F Dec 01
800-005 Voting rights Voting Dec 08
800-006 Navigating strata votes Voting Dec 15
800-007 What’s the news on the new regulations for Depreciation Reports? Depreciation Reports Dec 22
800-008 Insurance Deductibles Insurance Dec 29