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.

November 1, 2023 – Managing Brokers Policies and Procedures Manual Template & Standard Forms Launch

On Wednesday, November 1, 2023, we were joined by Jim McCaughan, Professional Services Support Advisor at BCREA, and Ryan DeLuca, Managing Director at 25th Hour Regulatory Consulting. Jim provided an informative overview of BCREA’s November 2023 Standard Forms Launch, including a summary of the forms change process, standard forms resources, a synopsis of the standard forms launch itself, and more. Ryan gave an invaluable presentation on topics such as why brokerages need a policies and procedures manual, things to consider when creating the manual, sections to include in the manual, best practices, and more.


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