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  • Sidney
  • Saanich Peninsula
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Strata Development Termination - Tag: Building

Posted by Jack Barker

Two recent BC court cases clarify when a strata council might list a terminated development project for sale, or contract to sell it to a buyer.

Many of BC's earliest strata developments are around 50 years old. Aging strata buildings may be located in an area rezoned for higher density development, or need so much remedial work that selling the project to a developer for redevelopment is more cost effective. In 2016, the province of BC made it easier for strata owners to choose to terminate their development, lowering the threshold for a winding-up resolution to 80%. Since then, the Supreme Court of British Columbia has decided several important termination cases.

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Updated Regulation For Building Inspection - Tag: Building

Posted by Jack Barker

The Provincial government intent to improve the rules and regulations for Building Inspections.  Implementation of the regulations will take effect on September 1, 2016 and the updated requirements are:

  • Home inspection contracts must describe in advance what will be covered in an inspection.
  • Contractual terms that limit home inspectors liability will be prohibited.
  • New business record keeping requirements will be put in place for home inspectors.
  • Home inspectors will be required to have valid professional and general liability insurance.

The Province intends to undertake a comprehensive review of qualifications required for a Building Inspector and these new standards are intended to be implemented in 2017.

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Heritage Conservation Act Impact On Property Values - Tag: Building

Posted by Jack Barker

I have four properties that are impacted by the above Act. There are no notices on title indicating the property is protected under the above Act. If I am involved with any waterfront properties either ocean and lakes, I contact the Archaeological Branch to see if the property is impacted...

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Renovating Your Home - Tag: Building

Posted by Jack Barker

Will you require an Environmental Assessment? Work Safe BC and many municipalities in the region are requiring Environmental Assessments to be completed before issuing you a Building Permit. Emphasis is on awareness about asbestos, health and safety hazards but also includes all hazardous materials in the home...

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