British Columbia’s innovative approach to strata (condo) disputes

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Last year, the Canadian Province of British Columbia established an accessible, affordable judicial option for resolving disputes, known as the Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT). (see previous blog) Now that the CRT has been operational for 9 months, I followed up with my contact in B.C. to find out how the new system is working. According to J. Garth Cambrey, Vice Chair – Strata, Civil Resolution Tribunal: …we opened Continue ReadingBritish Columbia’s innovative approach to strata (condo) disputes

Vancouver investors mimic U.S. condo takeover schemes

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Some of my readers own property in both the U.S. and Canada. A few months ago I wrote an article about worldwide trends toward condo termination and hostile takeovers. Condo (Strata) Termination Trend Goes Worldwide In that article, I explained what happened in Florida after legislative amendments in 2007, and I also wrote about B.C., Canada: In British Columbia, a proposed change to the Strata Property Act would Continue ReadingVancouver investors mimic U.S. condo takeover schemes

British Columbia to Begin Internet Access to Condo (Strata) Dispute Resolution

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Blog Updated October 15, 2015 6:45 PM A reader from Canada (Mark Latham of votermedia.org) informed me of an innovative approach to small claims and condo (strata) dispute resolution that will be launched in British Columbia in 2016. The basic concept is that residents of the Province will be able to schedule and access guided problem assessment, resolution assistance, and professional arbitration of their disputes, all from the comfort Continue ReadingBritish Columbia to Begin Internet Access to Condo (Strata) Dispute Resolution