Under the Residential Tenancy Act property owners are permitted to evict tenants where they perform renovations to their property. However, with limited affordable housing available, evictions of tenants under the guise of performing renovations on units and then significantly increasing the rent on those units, commonly known as “renovictions”, pose an additional barrier for tenants to secure housing. To address this concern, the City of New Westminster amended its Business Regulations and Licensing (Rental Units) Bylaw, to regulate such renovictions, which has recently been upheld by the British Columbia Court of Appeal.
The summer of 2021 has seen unprecedented flooding, wildfires, heat waves, heavy rainfall, and other alarming weather-related events. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently released its latest report (the “Report”) which confirms that much of the devastating weather events we have experienced this summer are the result of human-caused climate change.
Delays of the completion of construction projects are quite common. Therefore, contracts for such projects often contemplate delays and may prohibit or allow for contractors to recover additional costs that may arise from delays. However, the recent case of Elite Construction Inc. v. Canada confirmed that strict compliance with contractual notice provisions is a prerequisite to claiming damages for delay.
As published in the NRCA’s Northern Construction Connection July 2021 Newsletter, and VICA’s e-News.
British Columbia’s arbitration legislation had not undergone major revisions in over 30 years. However, the new Arbitration Act1 (the ‘Act’) and Arbitration Regulation2 (the ‘Regulation’) came into force on September 1, 2020, at which time the previous act and regulation were repealed.