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.