August 23, 2023 – BC Strata Amendments Explained

On Wednesday, August 23, we were joined by Antonio (Tony) Gioventu, Executive Director for the Condominium Home Owners Association (CHOA)​, and Lisa Mackie, Lawyer and Partner for Alexander Holburn Beaudin & Lang. Tony and Lisa provided an informative session about recent Bill 44 amendments (including updates on short-term accommodations, age restrictions, and exemptions), housing accessibility, updates on electric vehicle charging, and more.


Below are answers to follow-up questions we were unable to address during the session:

1. Is it reasonable for a tenant to surveil their tenanted property without notice? Are we correct in assuming an objection to being recorded would be between a prospective buyer and the owner/tenant and jurisdiction can only be the Courts?

Individual tenants are not bound by PIPA, that is correct. This means the OIPC (Privacy Commissioner) cannot process a privacy complaint made against a tenant who records someone without their knowledge or consent.  But tenants are subject to the Privacy Act and the Criminal Code. The police would tackle any report of criminal activity (that activity includes intercepting/recording a private communication that they aren’t a participant in), and the Courts would tackle privacy violations under the Privacy Act.

2. Could you elaborate on why family status would be left out of section 9 of the Human Rights Code (HRC)?

Family Status is not a protected ground under section 9 of the HRC, and age is also missing from the protected characteristics. I do not know the context behind these eliminations, sorry! They are included in sections 8 and 10 which apply to tenancies and strata living generally.

April 10, 2024 – Government Relations Advocacy Update

On Wednesday, April 10, 2024, BCREA’s Government Relations Team, headed by Trevor Hargreaves including Mark Sakai and Brenna Friesen, along with Greater Vancouver REALTORS®’ Government Relations Director, Harriet Permut, joined us to share an update on new Government Relations initiatives, pertinent housing policies, and a recap of the previous year’s advocacy highlights.

Follow-up questions:

Have there been discussions about being proactive and making buyer agency agreements mandatory?

  • BCREA is advocating for Mandatory Buyer Agency Written Service Agreements, reflecting the profession’s commitment to enhancing consumer protection and elevating professionalism within the real estate sector. This proactive measure was initially recommended in BCREA’s influential whitepaper, “A Better Way Home,” in February 2022, positioning it as a strategy for strengthening consumer safeguards. Backed by unanimous support from Joint Leadership, made up of real estate board Executive Officers, Chairs and Chair Elects, from across the province, BCREA has dedicated the past year to executing due diligence, including gathering insights from other Canadian provinces with mandatory agreements and engaging deeply with the local real estate sector through focus groups and a comprehensive all-REALTOR® survey. With a united front, BCREA is actively engaging with regulators and preparing to present this to the government. However, the implementation timeline may be shaped by the nuances of an election year. While the real estate community has shown substantial support, the ultimate adoption of these agreements hinges on governmental decision-making.

How is profit determined on a flipped property?

  • This can depend on a few different factors. We recommend visiting the Government of BC’s BC Home Flipping Tax page for more information.

I feel strongly about government advocacy, what ways can I be more involved?

  • We suggest volunteering on your regional board or association Government Relations Committee, and perhaps suggesting they attend our Government Liaison Days in 2025.

Additional Resources:

BCREA Open House: The Newsletter

  • Open House: The Newsletter is a new bi-monthly newsletter sent directly to REALTORS® – there’s no need to subscribe. Open House is a space to bring us together as a community by sharing news, celebrating our successes, learning from each other, and having a little fun along the way. The first issue was sent on March 21, 2024. Check your inbox!

BCREA Managing Broker Resources

  • Managing Brokers’ Portal: contains links to resources most used by managing brokers. Click here for more.
  • Managing Brokers Policies and Procedures Manual Template: provides a structured framework to help brokerages achieve regulatory compliance. Designed to be fully customizable. Click here to access.
  • Managing Broker Support Line: a pilot program offering tailored guidance and support to help brokers and member boards and associations tackle challenges they may encounter and identify opportunities to enhance professionalism. Click here for more.

Upcoming Community of Practice sessions:

  • April 24, 2024 – Tech Tools and Managing Broker Resources with CREA’s Lynn St-Germain and Mike Lomond.

The views expressed in these presentations are those of the speakers and do not reflect the views of BCREA or its member boards. Please note, the content of these presentations was current as of the date of each session and we cannot guarantee the accuracy of information provided in past sessions.

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