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Default Strata Collections

In three interesting decisions from the Civil Resolution Tribunal ("CRT"), three different strata corporations sued individual owners to collect amounts from the owners. What is interesting about those decisions is that the individual owners failed to respond to the CRT disputes and the strata corporations were able to obtain default orders regarding the claimed amounts. Because the owners didn't respond, the CRT did not consider whether the amounts were properly claimed from the owners: it assumed responsibility.

The three cases are:
The Owners, Strata Plan NW 1512 v Yang, 2017 CRTBC 21;The Owners, Strata Plan NW 1340, Gounder, 2017 CRTBC 24; andThe Owners, Strata Plan LMS 921, Otchere, 2017 CRTBC 20. The CRT member noted in Gounder at paragraph 14: "In an application for default judgment such as this, liability of the [owner] is assumed. There is no need for the tribunal to confirm the amount of the bylaw fines or that proper procedures were followed by the applica…

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