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B.C. amends law in effort to address high condo and townhouse insurance premiums

September 16, 2020 The Canadian Press

VICTORIA – The B.C. government has announced regulatory changes aimed at bringing more transparency to condo insurance premiums that have risen by as much as 40 per cent. The Finance Ministry says effective Nov. 1, insurers or insurance agents will

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What happened when this strata unit owner got sued over toilet supply leak

July 15, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A British Columbia strata owner is not liable for damage to the unit immediately below as a result of a burst toilet supply line, the province’s Civil Resolution Tribunal has ruled. The September 2018 plumbing mishap happened in a strata

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Who’s liable for what in this strata toilet failure

July 13, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A British Columbia strata unit owner who suffered water damage after a toilet tank ruptured is unable to recover the cost to replace the unit’s toilets from the strata corporation. In 2019, a Crane toilet storage tank failed in a

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B.C. proposes ‘first step’ amendments to laws governing condo insurance

June 23, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS

VICTORIA – The B.C. government says proposed legislation it has introduced takes first steps to address concerns about sky-high costs and availability of insurance for condominiums and other shared properties. Housing Minister Selina Robinson says the legislation proposes to amend

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Why a strata corporation is on the hook for restoration costs in individual unit

May 12, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A strata corporation that tried to charge a unit owner $1,260 in water damage restoration costs has lost its case before the British Columbia Civil Resolution Tribunal. In July 2019, an outdoor water tap failed, causing water to enter a

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What IBC and brokers think would improve condo insurance affordability in B.C.

March 2, 2020 by Jason Contant

Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has issued a series of policy recommendations to help improve the affordability of strata insurance in British Columbia, some of which touch upon suggestions made by the province’s broker association. IBC’s recommendations include: Mandatory education

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Brokers on what would help bring down skyrocketing condo insurance premiums

February 12, 2020 by Jason Contant

Insurance should be mandatory for all condo unit owners in the condo corporation, an executive with the Insurance Brokers Association of B.C. (IBABC) told Canadian Underwriter Monday. “Strata/condo building managing councils should encourage their member unit owners to vote in

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Two ways to address rising condo insurance premiums

February 11, 2020 by Jason Contant

One broker association is calling for consultation among all key stakeholders to discuss owner liability in condo corporations, with a focus on proposed achievable legislative action. As condominium (strata) insurance premiums and deductibles continue to rise across the country, the

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Why this strata’s bylaws on Airbnb were deemed unenforceable

January 28, 2020 by Jason Contant

If you own a strata lot in Vancouver, can you use your unit for short-term accommodation through Airbnb? Yes, if your strata bylaws support short-term rentals in your building, according to Airbnb. But in two recent cases before the province’s

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How much leeway does a condo corporation have when conducting repairs?

October 18, 2019 by Jason Contant

If a condo corporation enters your client’s unit to repair suspected flood damage but finds other hazards, can they complete those additional repairs instead and seek reimbursement from the unit owner? It would appear not, if the factors of the

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Landlord sued over $16,000 water leak wins appeal

November 28, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

A major water leak from a Surrey, British Columbia strata unit has spawned debate among judges over whether landlords are liable in such cases. Crystal Thomas was renting a condo unit in Surrey in the summer of 2015. A large

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Australian insurers welcome Senate committee call for government to rethink funding for natural disaster mitigation

August 14, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) has welcomed a report by the Senate Economics References Committee supporting the council’s call for the federal government to invest in natural disaster mitigation and resilience, as well as back risk-based pricing. This spring, ICA