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Visit Power Strata Systems at BUILDEX VANCOUVER 2017 - PAMA Networking Area

We are excited and busy getting prepared for exhibiting at BUILDEX VANCOUVER on February 15 and 16, 2017 at Vancouver Convention Centre West. As you may already know, BUILDEX is Western Canada's largest annual tradeshow and conference for Interior Design, Construction and Property Management industries.

You can find us at PAMA Networking Area or at the PAMA session T10: Human Rights and Strata Corporations we have proudly sponsored (Thursday, February 16th - 8:00 to 9:50 am - Room 210) .

Click here to get information on our limited time special promotion for the tradeshow this year!

Click on the link below to get information on how to register to visit the exhibition area and attend the seminars of your choice:
http://www.buildexvancouver.com/register.htm

Looking forward to seeing you at the show!

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Warmest Thoughts and Best Wishes for a Wonderful Holiday Season and a Happy New Year ahead!

A very special thank you from us at Power Strata Systems to all our amazing clients, supporters and business partners for helping us making 2016 another successful year. We are proud that now we are serving more than 400 strata corporations across BC directly or indirectly through our strata management company clients. Without you, your continues constructive feedback, suggestions, advice, encouragements, and supports we couldn't make this happen.

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a wonderful new year ahead full of joy, peace, happiness, health, and success! Enjoy this holiday season and stay tuned in the new year for all the exciting news we have for you for 2017!

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Which Strata Corporation in BC is the Winner of the CCI Vancouver Strata of the Year Award in 2016?

Canadian Condominium Institute (CCI) - Vancouver Chapter is a chapter of a national non-profit association (CCI) and provides strata education for strata council members through different seminars, events and programs. As part of its educational programs, CCI Vancouver launched the "Strata of the Year Contest" in Spring 2016 to provide an opportunity for well managed strata corporations and their strata councils in BC be recognized and rewarded for their achievements. CCI Vancouver launched this contest as an educational tool to encourage everyone in the community to take part and nominate the strata corporations that they think deserve to be recognized and encouraged for their best efforts in different areas.

This contest is open to all self-managed and professionally-managed strata corporations in British Columbia, no matter how small or large they are. The only requirement is that the nominated strata corporations need to be members of CCI Vancouver. 

Tomorrow, Saturday 24, 2016 is the day that the winner of CCI Vancouver Strata of the Year Award will be announced at CCI Vancouver AGM right after the educational strata seminar in the morning

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Strata Seminar by CCI Vancouver: The Use & Abuse of Limited Common Property & Common Property

Don't miss the upcoming strata educational seminar organized by Canadian Condominium Institute (CCI) - Vancouver Chapter.

When: Saturday, September 24th, 2016 

Continental Breakfast: 8:30 - 9:00 AM
Seminar: 9:00 AM to Noon

AGM and Announcing the winner of the "Strata of the Year Contest" will follow after the seminar!

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Disclosure under the Strata Property Act - Workshop Organized by PAMA

Power Strata Systems Inc. is a proud sponsor of the upcoming strata educational workshop organized by Professional Association of Managing Agents (PAMA) in Victoria!

See you tomorrow, September 13, 2016 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm (lunch is included). Registration starts at 11:30 am.

Where:

Comfort Inn & Suites
3020 Blanshard St
Victoria, BC 

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Computerized Strata Management | New Strata Management Course at Langara College

We are pleased to introduce the new Strata Management course offered by the Real Estate department at Langara College starting from Fall 2016.

This hands-on course will significantly benefit Strata managers and assistant Strata managers. During six three-hour sessions, the students will learn to use general purpose software and cloud-based tools to improve efficiency in Strata management while conforming to Strata and privacy laws in British Columbia regarding electronic record keeping.
 

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Happy 5th Birthday Power Strata Systems Inc.!

Today is a very special day for us at Power Strata System! It is unbelievable that five years is already passed from the day Power Strata Systems Inc. was founded! Yes, it was May 5, 2011!

Not an easy path at all but it has been an extremely amazing, exciting and rewarding journey for us and we have learned so much till today and the learning and adapting based on the changes continues. We have been extremely fortunate that have met amazing supportive people all the way along. Great long lasting friendships have been made. All the positive energy, support and feedback we have been receiving have fuelled our energy and helped us to improve PowerStrata every day as we move forward and better and more effectively address the needs of our strata corporation and strata management company clients.

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Airbnb & Strata Corporations | Enforcing Short Term Rental Bylaws in Strata Corporations

https://www.pama.ca/pama/Shared_Content/Events/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=16MARYVRAirbnb or short term rental has been a hot topic to discuss at many Strata Council meetings. Suppose a strata corporation has taken the step of adopting a bylaw that bans rentals. Now what?

  • How to enforce it?
  • What steps are required?
  • What evidence do you need to prove a bylaw contravention?
  • What other bylaws might apply?
  • What if the Rental Disclosure Statement makes rental restriction bylaws unenforceable?
  • When is it enforceable?
  • What other steps can be taken to deal with short term rentals?

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Power Strata Systems at BUILDEX VANCOUVER 2016 - PAMA Networking Area

We are excited and busy getting prepared for exhibiting at BUILDEX VANCOUVER on February 24 and 25, 2016 at Vancouver Convention Centre West. As you may already know, BUILDEX is Western Canada's largest annual tradeshow and conference for Interior Design, Construction and Property Management industries.

You can find us at PAMA Networking Area this year or at P02 – Mum’s the Word: Strata Corporation’s Obligations under the Personal Information Protection Act [PM] PAMA session which we have sponsored.

Click here to get information on our limited time special promotion for the tradeshow this year!

Click on the link below to get information on how to register to visit the exhibition area and attend the seminars of your choice:
http://www.buildexvancouver.com/register.htm

Looking forward to seeing you at the show!

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Keeping & Disclosing the Strata Corporation’s Electronic Records Under Strata Property Act

Professional Association of Managing Agents (PAMA) has organized an important strata educational seminar for strata managers on September 16, 2015. This seminar will discuss the requirement of keeping and disclosing the strata corporation's electronic records under the Strata Property Act.

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Strata Educational Seminars by CHOA in Fall 2015

The Condominium Home Owners Association of B.C. (CHOA) has organized valuable strata educational seminars for different areas of BC for Fall 2015.

The topics of the seminars:

  • Seminar 1.  Preparing for the Civil Resolution Tribunal
  • Seminar 2. Understanding & Enforcing Bylaws. Pet, Age, Rentals, Smoking, Nuisance, Use of property
  • Seminar 3.  Implementing Your Depreciation Report

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Strata Educational Seminar by CCI Vancouver | Strata Insurance Claims From Start to Finish

There is an educational seminar organized by Canadian Condominium Institute (CCI) - Vancouver Chapter on Saturday, September 19, 2015 about strata insurance claims.

A panel of industry experts will provide valuable information on the most efficient way to handle insurance claims. It is a half day seminar including continental breakfast.

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Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT) Update - Free Strata Information Session

The Condominium Home Owners Association of B.C. (CHOA) has organized a free information session about Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT) with Shannon Salter, CRT Chair in Vancouver on Monday September 14, 2015 and Nanaimo on Wednesday October 14, 2015.

At this free information session, strata owners will learn about the Civil Resolution Tribunal and how it will affect the operations and administration of their strata corporations. 

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Special Thank You and Best Wishes from Power Strata Systems

A very special thank you to all our amazing clients, supporters and business partners for all their wonderful support during 2014. Without you, your continues constructive feedback, suggestions, advices, encouragements and supports we couldn't make this happen.

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Enjoy the holiday season and stay tuned in the new year for all the exciting news we have for you!

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Understanding the Condominium Concept: An Insightful Guide to the Strata Property Act

ABOUT THE BOOK

Written by Gerry Fanaken, this new publication covers a very wide gamut of strata corporation administrative issues and topics.

Unlike other books on the market this informative guidebook addresses the subject in three ways:

  1. What does the Strata Property Act say;
  2. How should strata councils, property managers and condo owners fulfill their obligations;
  3. What are the common mistakes to avoid in order to minimize problems.

Additionally, Gerry Fanaken offers unique insights about the history of strata corporation administration over the past four decades including changes to the evolving legislation, management company practices, government regulatory requirements, real estate agent interaction and much more.

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The Importance of Proper Records (By Gerry Fanaken)

Strata councils routinely become so busy dealing with new issues, they often forget about keeping detailed and accurate records of the past. For example, minutes of meetings are a vital record of the decisions of council and the owners. They may be required by prospective purchasers, current owners or maybe even judges in courts of law. This is only one example to illustrate the importance of proper records and data maintenance.

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Budgeting & Depreciation Report for Strata Corporations - How Technology Can Help

There is an upcoming informative strata educational opportunity on September 20th organized by Canadian Condominium Institute (CCI) - Vancouver Chapter on two topics of how to make implementation of mandatory composting easier in your strata and how to prepare a functional budget for implementing Depreciation Report and doing maintenance and repairs effectively in your strata. Power Strata Systems as part of the panel of presenters on the Budgeting and Depreciation Report topic will discuss how technology can help. You must pre-register for the seminar as there will not be any registration at the door. Space will be limited.

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Power Strata Systems at BUILDEX VANCOUVER 2014 - Booth # 945

We are excited and busy getting prepared for exhibiting at BUILDEX VANCOUVER on February 19 and 20, 2014 at Vancouver Convention Centre West. As you may already know, BUILDEX is Western Canada's largest annual tradeshow and conference for Interior Design, Construction and Property Management industries.

Click on the link below to get information on how to register to visit the exhibition area and attend the seminars of your choice:
http://www.buildexvancouver.com/register.htm

Our booth number is 945 which is right next to Langara College booth and very close to the association area where CHOA and PAMA are located.

Looking forward to seeing you at the show!

Stay tuned for our limited time special promotion for the tradeshow!

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Happy 2014! Wishing everyone a wonderful year ahead!

So many amazing things happened in 2013 at Power Strata Systems which made us energized even more for a terrific start in 2014. We have come a long way from the spark of the idea in 2010. We are growing fast and excited to continue serving our clients with an outstanding service we have promised and they deserve.

We moved to a bigger office space in 2013, and now we are expanding our team to continue impressing our clients and exceeding their expectations. We are so excited about all these.

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CCI Vancouver Strata Educational Seminar, AGM and Lunch & Learns - Fall 2013

Canadian Condominium Institute (CCI) - Vancouver Chapter has organized and scheduled a half day strata educational seminar about Depreciation Reports - What having one means; what not having one can mean for Strata Council Members, Strata Owners and Managers for Saturday October 26, 2013. The AGM will be on the same day and  immediately follow the presentation. 

There are also two lunch and learn events organized by CCI Vancouver for Strata Mangers for October16, 2013 and November 21, 2013 on topics of  "Parking Spaces and Storage Lockers" and "Asbestos in Your Condo Buildings".
 

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CHOA Strata Educational Seminars in BC - Fall 2013

The Condominium Home Owners Association of BC (CHOA)  has organized and scheduled three strata educational seminars for Strata Owners around BC for Fall 2013. All sessions include information on updates to the Strata Property Act.

The topics:

  1. Creating Notice Packages
  2. Chairing, Meetings, Minutes & Record Keeping
  3. How to understand and administer your depreciation report once it is received by your strata corporation

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Strata Educational Seminar - STRATA CORPORATION ADMINISTRATORS: An Explanation

BFL Canada Insurance Ltd. and Paige Condominium Management Ltd. invite you to an educational seminar on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 on the topic of Administrators in strata corporations. Topics include:

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Upcoming Strata Educational Opportunities for Strata Councils, Owners, and Strata Managers

As you might already know, there are so many things happening in the strata industry in BC which hugely affect strata corporations across the province. Lots of changes happened already and a lot more are on the way. The upcoming strata educational seminar and lunch & learn events provided by Canadian Condominium Institute (CCI) Vancouver chapter for May and June 2013 are excellent opportunities for all strata councils, strata owners and strata managers who would like to learn more about all these changes and in general educate themselves to be able to make better and more informed decisions related to the strata properties they are living in or manage.

Here is the information about the three upcoming educational events provided to you by CCI Vancouver for Spring 2013:

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Ask your strata questions from strata lawyers at CCI Vancouver’s seminar - April 13, 2013

  • Are you a strata council member, strata owner, or a strata manager?
  • Do sections and types confuse you?
  • What steps do you need to take under the Strata Property Act to become a type or a section?
  • Have you heard about the new Limitation Act and how it will likely impact on strata corporations?
  • Are you still confused about your legal rights and remedies when it comes to insurance?
  • Do you have a long list of questions you have been anxiously waiting to ask a lawyer but have never had a chance to ask?
  • Would you like an opportunity to hear about the most recent condo case law decisions in B.C. ?

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Knowledge is Power: The Role of Education in Achieving a Peaceful Strata Community

For most people, buying a home is one of the biggest investments they will make in their lifetime. Investing in a strata property has become especially popular on the West Coast with first time buyers looking for a more affordable way to get into the Vancouver real estate market. Baby boomers looking to downsize from a single family home also find condo ownership to be a more convenient and hassle-free way of owning a home.

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What Strata Council Members and Condo Owners need to know about CCI

As a new member of the Canadian Condominium Institute (CCI) - Vancouver Chapter, Power Strata Systems looks forward to supporting CCI Vancouver’s efforts to help condo owners, strata councils and strata managers operate successful condominium corporations. As strong supporters of life-long growth and learning, we see the high value in the services that CCI provides, such as education, information dissemination, publications, workshops and technical assistance.

But how exactly can CCI help your strata corporation?

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Another step Power Strata Systems is taking to better serve B.C.’s strata industry

The more up-to-date we are on what’s happening in the strata industry, the better we can serve our clients. That’s why Power Strata Systems recently joined the Condominium Home Owners Association of B.C. (CHOA), a non-profit association that provides advisory services, education, advocacy, publications and resources and support for its members to promote the understanding of strata property living and management of strata property.

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What will it take to eliminate special levies in B.C.?

Since Depreciation Reports are still new to British Columbia, it will take some time to see the effects of the new legislation on B.C.’s strata management industry. However, we here at Power Strata Systems predict that if used effectively, this resource can help us eventually eliminate the need for unexpected and costly special levies.

But achieving a special levy-free province won’t happen overnight, and Depreciation Reports alone won’t get us there. So what will it take to make this vision of a special levy-free B.C. a reality?

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Power Strata Systems goes “green” by transferring to local B.C. based data center

In response to the concern that some strata management companies have been expressing with regards to the USA PATRIOT Act and U.S. based data centers, we are excited to announce that Power Strata Systems Inc. has recently transferred its main data center from the U.S. to a more reliable and green data center located in B.C.

Why the excitement?

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What does BBB accreditation mean for Power Strata Systems?

We’re excited to announce that as of July 20, 2012, Power Strata Systems Inc. is now a BBB Accredited Business!

So what does this mean for you as our clients?

Only businesses that meet the BBB’s high standards of integrity and performance are invited to join the BBB; not every business is eligible. In order to qualify for BBB accreditation, Power Strata agreed to undergo a detailed review of its policies, procedures and best practices.

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So the Depreciation Report is Done for a Strata Corporation, Then What?

[UPDATE] [An upcoming related seminar - A PAMA session at BUILDEX VANCOUVER 2014]

[Thursday, February 20, 2014  - 1:00pm – 3:00pm]
[P06 - How To Understand And Administer A Depreciation Report Once It Is Received By A Strata Corporation]
This session will provide property managers with invaluable information for managing depreciation reports including a greater understanding of the Request for Proposal (RFP) process to obtain quotes and a review of the new depreciation legislation. Attendees will also learn how to maintain a corporate history for future owners and council members. A must for any property manager working with strata corporations!

Presenters:
David Albrice, BSc. (Hons) URP, RDH Building Engineering Ltd.
Tony Gioventu, Executive Director, CHOA

You can register for this session at the website of BUILDEX VANCOUVER: http://www.buildexvancouver.com/register.htm


As you might already know, strata Depreciation Reports are now legally mandatory in British Columbia, and strata properties with five or more than five units are required to complete a common property, limited common property and common assets Depreciation Report by December 14, 2013, or hold a 3/4 vote to waive the requirement.

So what does this legislation mean for strata owners and strata management companies?

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