Cooperative board says, according to rules, siblings cannot share bedroom

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Canadian cities such as Vancouver share a common problem with U.S. cities – a severe shortage of affordable housing. The typical young family with children simply cannot afford to buy – or even rent – the rare detached single family home in Vancouver. Densely packed housing such as condominiums – known as strata in British Columbia – and co-op apartments are the norm. City living spaces tend to be Continue ReadingCooperative board says, according to rules, siblings cannot share bedroom

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