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Alterations by Previous Owners

In some cases, people buy strata lots that have alterations completed by previous owners. Those alterations can include alterations to common property or limited common property. Sometimes the strata council disputes those alterations with the new owner and requires the strata lot and/or common property to be restored to its original situation. In some cases, the strata corporation will be successful but that depends on the circumstances surrounding the original alterations.

In the case of The Owners, Strata Plan VR 484 v Lawetz, 2017 BCCRT 59, the strata corporation demanded removal of washer and dryer in the owner's unit and required recovery of up to $8,000 in fines for the ongoing refusal to remove the laundry. In this case, the strata was successful in having the laundry ordered to be removed and was able to collect $4,600 of the fines (which was the amount owing when the strata started the CRT claim and was considered to be a fair amount for the breach).

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