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BC LAW INSTITUTE
By Thomas L. Spraggs*
BCLI PUBLISHES REPORT ON COMMON PROPERTY, LAND TITLES, AND
FUNDAMENTAL CHANGES FOR STRATAS AND CONCLUDES STRATA
PROPERTY LAW PROJECT—PHASE TWO
BCLI has just published the fifth and final report in its Strata Property Law
Project—Phase Two. Copies of the report are available for download at
<www.bcli.org>. A summary of the report follows, but first it is time to
take stock of the project as it draws to a close.
The project opened in 2013 with the formation of a committee of experts
in the strata property field. This committee has assisted BCLI in forming its
recommendations for reform in the project.
The project’s first report—the Report on Terminating a Strata—was published
in 2015. In a major early success for the project, this report’s recommendations
were implemented by reforms to Part 16 of the Strata Property
Act, which gave strata properties a new framework for winding up when the
reforms came into force in July 2016. Four other reports contain a wealth of
recommended reforms to the Strata Property Act, the Strata Property Regulation
and the Schedule of Standard Bylaws, which, if implemented, would
form the basis of the next generation of strata property law in British
Columbia: Report on Complex Stratas (2017); Report on Governance Issues for
Stratas (2019); Report on Insurance Issues for Stratas (2019); and Report on
Common Property, Land Titles, and Fundamental Changes for Stratas (2019).
The project has seen a high level of public engagement. Its five public
consultations attracted a total of 597 responses. BCLI thanks everyone who
took part in a public consultation for this project. Participants’ responses
helped to shape and fine-tune the project’s final recommendations.
* Thomas L. Spraggs is chair of the board of BCLI.