Gather evidence quickly when common property is damaged

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An owner, tenant, occupant or visitor must not cause damage, other than reasonable wear and tear, to the common property, common assets or those parts of a strata lot that the strata corporation must repair and maintain under the bylaws or insure under section 149 of the act. 

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Tony Gioventu Speaker photos for Vancouver Sun (0225) and Province (0223) Homebuyers’ Guide [PNG Merlin Archive] PNG

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Dear Tony: Our strata corporation has an owner who has caused damages to a number of areas in our townhouse complex. Over the past eight years, they have backed into their garage door, broken a front window, damaged the siding with their barbecue and driven over an apple tree.

Every time we approach them to discuss the issues, it becomes a hostile confrontation.

Our townhouse complex is only 38 units and we are self managed, so council handles everything. The owners in our complex are now fed up with having to tolerate the rogue owner’s behaviour and have petitioned for a special general meeting to direct council to start a court action against this owner. 

Our bylaws are silent about owners causing damages and repairs. We were hoping this person would just sell and we would collect the accumulated…

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