Strata Living

2017 Strata Living (800-259 to 800-305)
BulletinHeadlineTopicPublication date
800-259When is enough, enough?Noise & RentalsJan 5
800-260How do we get our roof fixed?RoofsJan 12
800-261Who controls the parking?ParkingJan 19
800-262When do I need approval for alterations to my strata lot?AlterationsJan 26
800-263How to remove a petPetsFeb 2
800-264Who holds the funds?Contingency Reserve Funds & InvestingFeb 9
800-265Who sets the agenda?AgendasFeb 16
800-266Ignoring repairs is no solutionRepairs & MaintenanceFeb 23
800-267Charging extra feesStrata feesMarch 2
800-268Is there a limit on strata fee increases?Strata feesMarch 9
800-269The trouble with secret ballotsVoting, Secret ballotsMarch 16
800-270Is it legal for council members to be paid?Strata council remunerationMarch 23
800-271Alteration RequestsAlterationsMarch 30
800-272A special levy surplusSpecial Levy surplusApril 6
800-273Modifying my townhouse for accessAlterationsApril 13
800-274Liquidation or winding up: what’s the difference?Winding up a StrataApril 20
800-275 How are user fees for certain things decided?User feesApril 27
800-276Common area mail boxesMailboxesMay 4
800-277Tracking who pays?CollectionsMay 11
800-278What reasonable conditions can my strata impose for alterations?AlterationsMay 18
800-279Access to my strata lotAccess to a strata lotMay 25
800-280Limiting proxies – Don’t tamper with voting rightsProxiesJune 2
800-281To destroy ballots or not, that is the question?VotingJune 8
800-282Barbecue time, and the complaints are rolling in!Balconies & Decks; BarbecuesJune 15
800-283Giving Notice to the Strata: When can council members say “no”?Strata Council; authorityJune 22
800-284Who pays the damage?Bylaws; fines, insuranceJune 29
800-285Can strata screen buyers and tenants?Rentals & Rental Bylaws, Buying & Selling, Bylaws; EnforcementJuly 6
800-287When is special levy money refunded?Special LeviesJuly 20
800-288What is a majority vote and what is a ¾ vote to approve contingency fund expenses?Voting, Depreciation ReportsJuly 21
800-289Disputing an amount with a strataBuying & SellingAug 3
800-290User FeesKeys, User FeesAug 10
800-291Small strata corporationsVoting, Strata LivingAug 17
800-292Too many votes at AGMVotingAug 24
800-293Who charges the fees?Collections; LiensAug 31
800-294Council Rules: A DisasterRulesSept 7
800-295Strata council must provide owners list and addressesPrivacy, Petition for an SGMSept 14
800-296Access to a strata lotAccess to a strata lotSept 21
800-297Who is responsible for patio door repairs?Repair & Maintenance of common property, InsuranceSept 28
800-298Strata InsuranceInsuranceOct 5
800-299Who repairs attic spaces?Repair & Maintenance of Common PropertyOct 12
800-300Who is responsible for outside maintenance costs?Insurance, Alterations to Common PropertyOct 19
800-301Who scoops the movie money?Common Property; bylaws regarding use ofOct 26
800-302Authority to ContractStrata ManagementNov 3
800-303How is a special levy calculated?Special LeviesNov 9
800-304What is a non‐conforming strata?Strata LivingNov 16
800-305Charging Extra feesContracts, Access to InformationNov 23
NOTE: Due to internal changes with the publisher this column is no longer running.
2016 Strata Living (800-209 to 800-258)
BulletinHeadlineTopicPublication date
800-209Missing repair report has buyer worriedBuying and SellingJan 7
800-210How rentals are countedRentals and Rental BylawsJan 14
800-211Collecting a Special LevySpecial LeviesJan 21
800-212Access to a strata lotAccessJan 28
800-213How do we get our strata to comply with the Act?Disputes, Civil Resolution Tribunal ActFeb 4
800-214Removing treesAlterations to Common PropertyFeb 11
800-215Transferring management agreementsManagementFeb 18
800-216The cost of formsFormsFeb 25
800-217How is authority delegated in a strata?Strata CouncilMar 3
800-218Who maintains dryer vent ducting?Repair & MaintenanceMar 10
800-219Minutes of MeetingsMinutesMar 17
800-220Who has an additional vote if there is a tie?VotingMar 24
800-221Community GardensLandscapingMar 31
800-222When is the first AGM for a new strata?Annual General MeetingApr 7
800-223The Strata Mailing AddressNotice, Record KeepingApr 14
800-224Pipe BurstInsuranceApr 21
800-225Strata may be liable for incorrect information certificatesForms , ParkingApr 28
800-226Forced Labour?BylawsMay 5
800-227Form F PaymentsFormsMay 12
800-228Bylaws never enforcedBylawsMay 19
800-229The difference between bylaws and rulesBylaws, RulesMay 26
800-230Removing treesLandscapingJun 2
800-231Unlawful Access to a strata lotAccessJun 9
800-232How is common property determined?Common propertyJune 16
800-233Depreciation reports and the limitation periodDepreciation Reports, Limitation ActJune 23
800-234Are guide training dogs exempt from pet bylaws?Pet bylaws, Guide DogsJune 30
800-235Absentee Ballots are Not AllowedVoting, Absentee ballotsJuly 7
800-236What is “Interest on Destruction”?Winding up a strata corporationJuly 14
800-237Fair Enforcement of BylawsCRT, Enforcement of BylawsJuly 21
800-238Access to strata lots and the censusAccessJuly 28
800-239Charging for Record InspectionsAccess to RecordsAug 4
800-240Elevator Advertising Monitors and SurveillanceSecurityAug 11
800-242Buying a Condo Sight UnseenBuying & SellingAug 25
800-243Duplex WoesDuplexes, Non-Conforming StratasSept 1
800-244 Who’s In & Who’s Out: age, rental and pet bylawsBylawsSept 8
800-245What if the Strata Won’t Enforce Bylaws?Bylaw EnforcementSept 15
800-246Proxy WarsProxiesSept 22
800-247New guide dog exemptionsGuide DogsSept 29
800-248 What happens when the strata is being sued?Lawsuits, InsuranceOct 6
800-249BallotsVotingOct 20
800-250Are 3 bids required? The scope of workMaintenance, bids, scope of workOct 27
800-251The Form B Information Certificate has changed!Form B Information CertificateNov 3
800-252Do buyers qualify for bylaw exemptions?Buying & selling, BylawsNov 10
800-253What constitutes a majority vote under the Strata Property Act?Voting, majority voteNov 17
800-254Depreciation ReportsDepreciation ReportsNov 24
800-255Civil Resolution Tribunal: The First DecisionCRTDec 1
800-256What is a hearing?HearingsDec 8
800-257Who cleans the sidewalks?Snow RemovalDec 15
800-258What is a quorum?QuorumDec 22
2015 Strata Living (800-158 to 800-208)
BulletinHeadlineTopicPublication date
800-158New regs on recyclingRecyclingJan 8
800-159What a difference a day makes!Hearings, HardshipJan 15
800-160How are votes counted?VotingJan 22
800-161Who is responsible for deck membranes?Balconies and DecksJan 29
800-162Sections & OperationsSectionsFeb 5
800-163Bylaw BluesBylawsFeb 12
800-164Guest chairperson out of orderAnnual General Meeting / Special General MeetingFeb 19
800-165Parking AllocationsParkingFeb 26
800-166Cable ServicesContractsMar 5
800-167Voting CardsVotingMar 12
800-168Enforcing BylawsBylawsMar 19
800-169Does size matter?Pet bylawsMar 26
800-170Video Taping Strata MeetingsRecording Meetings, Annual General Meeting / Special General MeetingApr 2
800-171Investor ProblemsRentals and Rental Bylaws, Buying & SellingApr 9
800-172Form F payment certificateFormsApr 16
800-173Insurance deductible special levyInsuranceApr 23
800-174Tenant DamagesRentals and Rental BylawsApr 30
800-175Proxy ProblemsProxiesMay 7
800-176Entering a strata lotAccessMay 14
800-177New DevelopmentsAGM, Owner DevelopersMay 21
800-178Can council spend money without permission?Spending AuthorityMay 28
800-179Strata Lot BylawsBylawsJun 4
800-180Can strata ding you extra for plumbing?AlterationsJun 11
800-181Who plans the AGM?Annual General MeetingJun 18
800-182Who decides when it’s time to file a lien against a strata lot?CollectionsJun 25
800-183Privacy of recordsAccessJul 2
800-184Verify the SourceStrata CouncilJul 9
800-185Eligibility for councilStrata CouncilJul 16
800-186Janitorial fees prompt debate on chargesUserFeesJul 23
800-187Bylaws and commercial strata lotsBylaws, Commerical StratasJul 30
800-188Impact of Pet Restriction BylawsPet bylawsAug 6
800-189Can an owner really be forced out of a special meeting?Annual General Meeting / Special General MeetingAug 13
800-190Air B&B and Short Term RentalsRentals and Rental BylawsAug 20
800-191Insurance BylawsInsuranceAug 27
800-192Section Expense AllocationsSectionsSep 3
800-193Is it notice or notify?Minutes , NoticeSep 10
800-194Parking OwnershipParkingSep 17
800-195Parking ProblemsParkingSep 24
800-196Pet ProblemsPetsOct 1
800-197Suing an OwnerLawsuitsOct 8
800-198Hardship ApplicationsHardshipOct 15
800-199Private RecordsRecordsOct 22
800-200Access to a strata lotAccessOct 29
800-201Adding business to the AGMAnnual General Meeting, RulesNov 5
800-202Refunds to ownersSpecial LeviesNov 12
800-203What does the word ‘reasonable’ mean?BylawsNov 19
800-204Fines on strata feesStrata FeesNov 26
800-205Proxy BattlesProxiesDec 3
800-206MailboxesMailboxesDec 10
800-207The cost of non compliance?Spending AuthorityDec 17
800-208Christmas TreesBylaws, RulesDec 24
2014 Strata Living (800-108 to 800-157)
BulletinHeadlineTopicPublication date
800-108Buyer’s RecordsBuying & SellingJan 9
800-109How long do we keep our records?Record KeepingJan 16
800-110Can the strata sell a caretaker’s suite?Buying & Selling, CaretakersJan 23
800-111How much of our Depreciation Report do we have to fund?Depreciation ReportsJan 30
800-112Who does the work?Repair of Limited Common PropertyFeb 6
800-113Change a parking space to a bike roomAlterations to Common PropertyFeb 13
800-114Rental bylawsRentals and Rental BylawsFeb 20
800-115How do we approve fees?BudgetsFeb 27
800-116Satellite DishesSatellite DishesMar 6
800-117Tiling BalconiesBalconies & Decks, AlterationsMar 13
800-118Who determines the agenda of meetings?Agendas, Strata Council, Annual General Meetings / Special General MeetingsMar 20
800-119Determining who will do strata repairs.Repair & MaintenanceMar 27
800-120Counting VotesVotingApr 3
800-121How many hamsters are too many?PetsApr 10
800-122Special levies gone badSpecial LeviesApr 17
800-123Towing VehiclesParkingApr 24
800-124Landlord BluesRentals & Rental BylawsMay 1
800-125New Changes to the Strata ActVoting, Depreciation ReportsMay 8
800-126Who is responsible for Limited Common Property?Repair & MaintenanceMay 15
800-127Fines and Penalties for TenantsBylaws, Rental BylawsMay 22
800-128Secret rentersRentals and Rental BylawsMay 29
800-129What does a buyer do when the strata won’t give them the information they request?Buying and SellingJun 5
800-130Counting ballotsVotingJun 12
800-131Smoke Free HousingSmokingJun 19
800-132July 1st FlagsFlagsJun 26
800-133Rogue councilStrata CouncilJul 3
800-134Who owns the records?Record Keeping, Access to RecordsJul 10
800-135Filing New BylawsBylaws Land Titles OfficeJul 17
800-136Access to a strata lotAccessJul 24
800-137Who repairs my ceiling?Repair & MaintenanceJul 31
800-138Accessing RecordsAccessAug 7
800-139When dog owners bark back about complaintsPetsAug 14
800-140What does notice for an annual meeting include?Annual General MeetingAug 21
800-141Council DecisionsStrata CouncilAug 28
800-142Who is an Eligible Voter?VotingSep 4
800-143Unexpected Special LevySpecial LeviesSep 11
800-144Who gets a special levy refund?Special LeviesSep 18
800-145Chronic Parking AbusersParkingSep 25
800-146Are commercial lots different than residential?Commercial Stratas, VotingOct 2
800-147Minutes of MeetingsMeetingsOct 9
800-148Changing my floorsFlooringOct 16
800-149How is parking allocated in a strata corporation?ParkingOct 23
800-150Owners challenge AGMAnnual General Meeting / Special General Meeting, noticeOct 30
800-151Who writes resolutions?Special Levies, Annual General Meeting / Special General MeetingNov 6
800-152Condo LivingBuying & Selling, RulesNov 13
800-153What’s the Hype Over Air B&B’s?Rentals and Rental BylawsNov 20
800-154Pet WarsPetsNov 27
800-155MinutesMinutesDec 4
800-156What’s going on with sections?SectionsDec 11
800-157What is a non-conforming strata?Strata CorporationsDec 18
2013 Strata Living (800-058 to 800-107)
BulletinHeadlineTopicPublication date
800-058Who has access to records?AccessJan 3
800-059What is the maximum rate of fines?Collections, FinesJan 10
800-060DeficitsBudgets; deficitsJan 17
800-061What restricts the sale of a strata lot?Buying & SellingJan 24
800-062Who counts the AGM vote?VotingJan 31
800-063Surprise Special LeviesSpecial Levies, InsuranceFeb 7
800-064Paying Strata CouncilStrata CouncilFeb 14
800-065Surveillance CamerasSecurityFeb 21
800-066Strata BullyingBulliesFeb 28
800-067Spending Limits for Strata CouncilSpending Authority, Strata CouncilMar 7
800-068Form K For RentalsForm K, Rental and Rental BylawsMar 14
800-069Do we need 3 quotes? PaintingProcedures, Repair & MaintenanceMar 21
800-070Can We limit ProxiesProxiesMar 28
800-071Changing my ParkingParkingApr 4
800-072What is grandfathering?Bylaws, PetsApr 11
800-073Getting info on a purchaseBuying & SellingApr 18
800-074Election Signs & CampaigningElectionsApr 25
800-075Who Chairs Meetings?Strata Council; meetings, AGM/SGM chairMay 2
800-076Pet’s Rentals and Age: Who is exempt?Age Restriction Bylaws, Pets, RentalsMay 9
800-077Sewer Back UpInsuranceMay 16
800-078Rush FeesForms, FeesMay 23
800-079Why we need council’s approval before we change our carpetsAlterationsMay 30
800-080Requirements for a 3/4 vote to exempt from a deprecation reportDepreciation ReportsJun 6
800-081How do we reconsider a three-quarters vote?VotingJun 13
800-082Altering a deck surfaceAlterations, BalconiesJun 20
800-083Who repairs common property?Alterations, BalconiesJun 27
800-084Who counts votes?VotingJul 4
800-085For richer for poorerRentalsJul 11
800-086Majority VotesVotingJul 18
800-087Barbecue Rules & BylawsBalconies & Decks; Barbecues, RulesJul 25
800-088How do we Change our Strata Fees?Strata FeesAug 1
800-089How do I Change my Parking?Parking, AllocationsAug 8
800-090Common Property AlterationsAlterations to Common PropertyAug 15
800-091How rentals are countedRentals and Rental BylawsAug 22
800-092Charges to inspect records?User Fees, Record KeepingAug 29
800-093What is stored in our lockers?Storage LockersSep 5
800-094What’s in your storage locker?Storage LockersSep 12
800-095How to Expand Strata CouncilStrata CouncilSep 19
800-096Counting VotesVotingSep 26
800-097Insurance DeductiblesInsuranceOct 3
800-098The militant chairpersonAnnual General MeetingsOct 10
800-099Unauthorized ExpensesSpending AuthorityOct 17
800-100Why do we elect scrutineers?Annual General Meetings / Special General MeetingOct 24
800-101What’s the deal with Policy Manuals?Rules, BylawsOct 31
800-102Unauthorized alterationsAlterations to a Strata LotNov 7
800-103How bad does it have to get?Eviction , InsuranceNov 14
800-104Ponying up for common property repairsRepair and Maintenance of common property, DoorsNov 21
800-105Strata council discovery of cremated remains brings up cultural issuesDeathNov 28
800-106Real Estate SignageBuying & SellingDec 5
800-107Condo LivingAnnual General Meetings / Special General MeetingDec 12
2012 Strata Living (800-009 to 800-057)
BulletinHeadlineTopicPublication date
800-009How votes are countedVotingJan 12
800-010Fur flies over pets at strata councilBylaws, PetsJan 19
800-011Who picks up the bill?Bylaws, TypesJan 26
800-012Certificate ChargesFormsFeb 2
800-013Who gets the refund?RefundsFeb 9
800-014Move in CostsBuyingFeb 16
800-015Depreciation Impact on Bare Land Strata CorporationsDepreciation ReportsFeb 23
800-016Adjournment Leads to Quorum QuandaryQuorumMar 1
800-017What does grandfathering mean?BylawsMar 8
800-018How much notice is required?NoticeMar 15
800-019Amending the annual budgetBudgetsMar 22
800-020Unanimous VoteVotingMar 29
800-021Agenda ItemsAgendasApr 12
800-022Big Screen BuyStrata CouncilApr 19
800-023Who owns the parking?ParkingApr 26
800-024Doors and WindowsDoors and WindowsMay 3
800-025Act offers a new way to end strata disputesCivil Resolution Tribunal, LawsuitsMay 10
800-026How Fines are ImposedBylaws, Fines, FormsMay 17
800-027Filing BylawsBylawsMay 24
800-028Sale of a Strata LotCollectionsMay 31
800-029Notice Periods for MeetingsNoticeJun 7
800-030Adult Only ComplexAge Restriction BylawsJun 14
800-031Amending the Annual BudgetBudgetsJun 21
800-032Electronic Meetings for Council & The AGMStrata Council, Annual General MeetingJun 28
800-033Who is eligible for council?Strata Council, Age Restriction BylawsJul 5
800-034Land Title ChangesLand Titles OfficeJul 12
800-035Pet exemptionsPetsJul 19
800-036Who has access to the records of the Strata Corporation?AccessJul 26
800-037Subjective BylawsBylawsAug 2
800-038Hardwood FlooringFlooringAug 9
800-039Financial StatementsFinancialsAug 16
800-040Energy Window UpgradesWindows, Alterations to common propertyAug 23
800-041Council response to a letterComplaints, CaretakersAug 30
800-042Proceeds from interestContingency Reserve Funds, Taxes & TaxationSep 6
800-043New Strata Corporation Fiscal YearFinances, Annual General MeetingSep 13
800-044Pet exemptionsPet bylawsSep 20
800-045Schedule of voting rightsVotingSep 27
800-046AlterationsAlterationsOct 4
800-047Form B Information CertificateFormsOct 11
800-048Who Supervises the Staff?CaretakersOct 18
800-049Chairing Annual MeetingsAnnual General MeetingsOct 25
800-050AlterationsAlterationsNov 1
800-051Gas ServiceStrata Council Authority, Repair & MaintenanceNov 8
800-052VotingVotingNov 15
800-053Voting rightsVotingNov 22
800-054How do we count rentals?RentalsNov 29
800-055User Fees for extra parking spaces and storage lockersParking, User FeesDec 6
800-056Barking DogsPets, BylawsDec 13
800-057Special Needs AlterationsAlterationsDec 20
2011 Strata Living (800-001 to 800-008)
BulletinHeadlineTopicPublication date
800-001Condo sellers getting refund runaroundRefundsNov 10
800-002Requesting information before we buyBuyingNov 17
800-003Calculating ¾ votesVotingNov 24
800-004How do I challenge a penalty claim?Form FDec 01
800-005Voting rightsVotingDec 08
800-006Navigating strata votesVotingDec 15
800-007What’s the news on the new regulations for Depreciation Reports?Depreciation ReportsDec 22
800-008Insurance DeductiblesInsuranceDec 29