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Tribunal quashes small claim from owner of water-damaged strata unit

April 29, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Your client owns a strata apartment in a high-rise. Water starts coming in from the ceiling from the unit above. The night security guard visits the higher of the two units but neither the occupant nor the security guard can

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Toilet trouble means strata owner must reimburse corporation’s $5,000 deductible

April 19, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A British Columbia townhouse owner whose toilet overflowed and caused damage has to pay the $5,000 deductible on the strata corporation’s insurance claim, the B.C. Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT) has ruled. Jefferson Wu is the principal of Kwan-Wu Holdings Ltd.,

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Why these B.C. strata owners didn’t have to pay the corporation’s $5,000 deductible

March 12, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A British Columbia strata unit owner is not liable for their strata corporation’s $5,000 deductible on a property claim arising from a fire, the province’s civil resolution tribunal has ruled. Mei Sum Leung and David Leung own a strata unit

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One knock-off effect of rising condo deductibles

February 16, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A large increase in deductibles on condo corporations’ insurance is starting to put pressure on individual condo owners’ premiums, a new report from LowestRates.ca shows. “When a deductible goes up – say from $20,000 a year to $100,000, or $200,000

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Insurance regulators expand scope of inquiry into Best Terms Pricing

December 2, 2020 by David Gambrill

Canada’s national association of provincial property and casualty insurance regulators is looking into “Best Terms Pricing” in all commercial lines following recent regulatory actions to ban the practice in the strata insurance line in B.C. and Alberta. The Canadian Council

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Can a strata lot owner launch a subrogated water claim on behalf of its insurer?

November 11, 2020 by David Gambrill

We’ve all heard about an insurer launching a subrogated claim on behalf of its insured, but how about an insured launching a subrogated claim on behalf of its insurer? B.C.’s Civil Resolution Tribunal, a type of small claims court, recently

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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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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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Condo deductible dispute arises from 60-gallon flood

November 19, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

When a store on the main floor of a condo building suffered $25,000 in losses from a flood, the strata corporation was on the hook for the $5,000 deductible. The strata corporation tried to recover the $5,000 deductible from a