Attached to every Annual & Special General Meeting Notice you will find a Proxy form. The Proxy form allows an owner to appoint another individual to vote on their behalf at the meeting in the event that they themselves are not available to attend. The Proxy form is most often provided to a relative, a neighbour or a member of the Strata Council. A person provided the form is called a “proxy” and the person designating him or her is called a “principal”.
Every so often, individual owners inquire with our office as to how they can arrange to place a resolution or other matter before their fellow owners for consideration. More often than not, this request is for a ¾ vote resolution and it usually proposes controversial Bylaw changes which they’ve asked the strata council to consider, but which the council has declined. Typical examples include changes to rental quotas, allowing pets or barbecues, and other such items.
For the past two years, Stratawest has been proud to participate in the North Shore Christmas Bureau Toy Drive. The support we’ve had from our staff and industry colleagues has been overwhelming, with many jumping at the opportunity to donate toys, musical instruments, gift cards, sporting equipment and other goods to needy families.
Most strata council members are now familiar with the legislated requirement (Section 94 of the Strata Property Act (SPA)) that, with a few exceptions which do not apply to any Stratawest clients, every strata corporation in British Columbia must conduct a Depreciation Report by December 2013.
There were a number of news stories published over the past week regarding a very common practice of Strata Corporations. The gist goes something like this: most buildings have bylaws which permit the Strata Council to charge back the cost of insurance deductibles (and in practice, amounts below the insurance deductible) to the owner of a suite where damage originates. The most common example of this is when water flows from one suite to others. Some feel that this practice is unfair, but it is very common.