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Greg Phillips has received reasons for judgment from the BC Court of Appeal in a commercial tenancy dispute. Greg was successful at trial for his clients, the tenants, back in 2016. The landlord, however, appealed the decision. Greg was successful in having the appeal of the landlord dismissed. This has been a long battle, with […]
By Stuart Cappus For a variety of reasons, two or more people can find themselves owning a single piece of property together. They could have bought the property together. Some or all could have inherited their interest in the property from a former owner. Regardless of how they came to own a property together, there […]
By Stuart Cappus Tenants often leave things behind when they move out of a rental unit. In certain circumstances, the landlord is entitled to assume that the tenant has abandoned those belongings and proceed to remove and dispose of them. Specifically, if a tenant leaves things behind after moving out at the end of their […]
By Stuart Cappus A landlord can evict a tenant for any number of reasons. In all cases, the landlord must give the tenant a certain amount of notice. How much notice depends on the reason the tenant is being evicted. The most common notices of eviction are: 10-day notice: Unpaid Rent If the tenant fails […]
By Stuart Cappus When a tenant moves into a rental unit, the landlord will require the tenant to pay a damage deposit. The damage deposit cannot be more than ½ the monthly rent. Right before the tenant moves in, the landlord and tenant should inspect the unit, and complete and sign a Condition Inspection Report. […]
By Stuart Cappus If you have a judgment requiring someone to pay you money, there are several ways of getting what you are owed by the debtor. In all cases, your judgment is good for 10 years after which time you must sue on the judgment to keep it valid. Payment Hearing/Subpoena to Debtor Hearing […]
By Stuart Cappus Our goal as your lawyers is to get you the best result possible given the circumstances of your case. When you have a dispute with someone, there are basically four ways to do that: negotiation, mediation, arbitration and a trial. Negotiation Negotiation is the most common and basic form of dispute resolution. […]
By Stuart Cappus There are essentially four levels of courts that British Columbians involved in civil suits may encounter: the Provincial Court of BC, the BC Supreme Court, the BC Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. The Provincial Court of BC is the lowest level of court in BC. Judges of the […]
By Stuart Cappus To start a lawsuit against someone, you have to file a document with the court that sets out who you’re suing, why you’re suing them and what or how much you’re suing them for. This document is called a “Notice of Claim” or “Notice of Civil Claim” depending on what court you’re […]
By Stuart Cappus If a person wants to sue another person for $25,000 or less, the Small Claims Court will have jurisdiction to hear the case. We’ve previously talked about the steps involved in a Small Claims lawsuit. One of those steps can be a trial where both parties appear before a judge to present […]