Protecting Homeowners in British Columbia

The Homeowner Protection Office is a provincial Crown Corporation that is entrusted with the responsibility of providing consumer protection in the residential construction industry. They are responsible for administering the Homeowner Protection Act, which includes the licensing of residential builders and monitoring of third-party home warranties. In 2001 two developers applied to the court for a declaration that condominium units were not classified as “residential” under the Act and its associated Regulations because the units were built on land not zoned residential and all purchasers were required to put them into a rental pool. We successfully represented the Homeowner Protection Office at the British Columbia Supreme Court who found that the units were residential and subject to the Act and the Regulations. Click here for the court’s decision.