Updates & Other Information Strata Owners Need to Know
- Home Inspector Survey
- Address Change Announcement
- Depreciation Reports
- Changes to the Form B Information Certificate regarding Parking and Storage Lockers
- 2013 BCBEC Conference and AGM
- Safety Order: Hydraulic Elevators - Griffin controllers
- Civil Resolution Tribunal acting chairperson appointed
- New Changes to the Limitation
Have you used a home inspector? Do you want to share your experiences and potentially affect change? The Ministry Responsible for Housing is asking members of the public to have their say on this issue and we wanted to share that opportunity with you. All of the details you need are below.
In 2009, British Columbia became the first province in Canada to license home inspectors, to better protect consumers purchasing resale properties. After almost five years of experience with the current regulatory system, the Ministry has been asked to look at ways to further strengthen home inspector accreditation and protection for consumers.
The B.C. Government is asking for input as it seeks improvements to the regulatory model for Home Inspectors in the province. The public is being invited to complete a short online survey, so that Government can hear directly from consumers about their experience with home inspections, and their suggestions for ways to improve the system.
The survey can be accessed at http://fluidsurveys.com/s/HIP/. It will take less than 10 minutes to complete (depending on the number of comments respondents wish to provide). The survey will be available online until December 20, 2013. All survey responses are anonymous and will be used by Government only for the review process.
In addition to this survey of consumers, the Ministry will be doing a similar survey of home inspectors.
For questions about the survey, please contact Housing.Policy@gov.bc.ca.
As of August 22, 2013 CHOA's New Westminster office is moving to a new location. The NEW ADDRESS is: Suite 200 - 65 Richmond St. New Westminster BC V3L 5P5. Phone and email will remain the same. Due to the move the CHOA New Westminster office will be closed August 19-21, 2013.
The B.C. provincial government has introduced new regulations making depreciation reports mandatory for strata corporations in B.C. Strata corporations of less than 5 units will be exempt from the requirements, plus a strata corporation may consider exempting itself by passing a 3/4 vote resolution. Changes to the Form B, Information Certificate were also introduced.
- "What to know about Depreciation Reports" – a CHOA information guide
- A copy of the CHOA News Release may be found here
- A copy of the regulations may be found here
- A copy of Tony Gioventu's Condo Smarts column re: Depreciation Reports and Form B changes may be found here
- Additional information is available at the B.C. Government's Strata Property website
- A copy of the Strata Property Act Form B (as of March 1, 2012) may be found here (PDF) or here (Word doc).
- A copy of a Depreciation Report Request For Proposal may be found here (PDF) or here (Word doc).
- A copy of the OIC pertaining to 1) how long a strata corporation must maintain depreciation report records, and 2) when a strata corporation that was formed after December 14, 2011 must obtain a depreciation report is available here (PDF).
- Letter to Minister Coleman: Depreciation Reports and Reserve Fund Studies, July 5, 2010 (PDF)
Changes to the Form B Information Certificate regarding Parking and Storage Lockers
Effective January 1, 2014, under the Strata Property Act and Regulations, upon request for a Form B Information Certificate, strata corporations will be obliged to disclose the nature of parking and storage lockers and how they are assigned to a strata lot.
Please click here for the CHOA bulletin: What you need to know about: Parking Spaces and Storage Lockers January 1, 2014 (PDF)
Lessons From the Past - Roadmap for the Future
2013 BCBEC Conference and AGM
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, Vancouver
Come celebrate BCBEC's 25th anniversary at the 2013 BCBEC Conference and AGM. This one-day symposium will feature speakers from premier organizations who will deliver insightful perspectives on the future of building envelope design. The thought-provoking agenda will look at the evolution of building envelope technologies, building science fundamentals, sustainability, and processes for optimizing building performance. Be part of this groundbreaking forum sharing emerging trends and new technologies. Register before August 15, 2013 and receive the early-bird discount rate.
Safety Order: Hydraulic Elevators - Griffin controllers
The a BC Safety Authority has issued an Elevating Devices Safety Order to all licensed elevator contractors and building owners/property managers. This Safety Order applies to all hydraulic elevators with Griffin controllers, and is effective immediately. Building owners/property managers share the responsibility with elevator contractors for:
- posting warning signage on the elevator car top within 30 days of the effective issue date of this Safety Order;
- ensuring that all hydraulic elevators with Griffin controllers are altered and tested by April 26, 2015; and
- notifying BC Safety Authority of the completion of these alterations.
For more information please visit the BC Safety Authority website
Civil Resolution Tribunal acting chairperson appointed
The B.C. government has appointed an acting chair to start work on B.C.'s new Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT), the tribunal will assist in resolving strata and small claim disputes.
A copy of the government of BC news release is available here
For more information please visit the following resources:
Information about the Civil Resolution Tribunal Act is available on the Ministry of Justice website
A copy of Bill 44, the Civil Resolution Tribunal Act is available here
New Changes to the Limitation Act
The new Limitation Act comes into force on June 1, 2013. Please click here for the CHOA bulletin "New Limitation Act Requires Careful Consideration by Strata Corporations" written by Elaine McCormack from the law firm Alexander Holburn Beaudin & Lang LLP. In addition, further information is posted on the Ministry of Justice website.