Land Use Contracts – Why Owners, Lenders and Buyers Should Be Concerned

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Proposed amendments to the Local Government Act being considered by the legislature will change the law relating to Land Use Contracts. The Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act 2014 (Bill 17) proposes amendments to various Acts, but amendments to the Local Government Act will bring to an end all Land Use Contracts in British Columbia. LUCs were…


Sitting on your dock in the bay? Maybe not.

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In the past few years, the Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resources has directed additional resources towards reviewing and enforcing the rules and regulations associated with the use and construction of docks, retaining walls and other structures along the shoreline. As a result, waterfront property owners throughout the Okanagan-Shuswap are finding out that they…


Good Bylaws Make Good Neighbours?

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Although it is preferable to have truly good neighbours, most of the time we can at least rely on the old saying that good fences make good neighbours. What can be done, however, for those times when a sturdy cedar fence is not going to be enough?  Even the best fence can’t help you with…


What Does Your Real Estate Lawyer Do?

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A lawyer’s role in a real estate deal is to complete the transaction and to make it as simple and straightforward for the client as possible. This is done by understanding the law and being familiar with the items and issues particular to an area or municipality.  Investigating the Deal Your real estate lawyer will…


Ending a Shared Recreational Property Arrangement

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In an earlier article I discussed the importance of a written co-owners’ agreement when jointly purchasing recreational property.  One of the most important sections of a co-owners’ agreement will cover how the parties can terminate the arrangement.  Many people fail to enter into a formal agreement, however, and this can lead to a great deal…


Share Property the Right Way

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Many people turn to co-ownership arrangements due to the allure of owning recreational property in the interior of British Columbia.  Typically the co-owners are family or close personal friends.  Although there are many benefits to sharing property, most notably reducing the cost of owning property that is used sporadically, too many people enter into these…