Strata helpers to end years of service

Volunteer group advised owners

A free resource for condo owners throughout B.C. is shutting its doors.

Pacific Condominium Association president Rita Enns confirmed last week that the South Surrey-based volunteer organization is closing, following an initial decision reached at its annual general meeting in May.

“We’re winding up the association and hope to have it done by December,” Enns said, noting the organization is still fielding calls from strata members.

“The problem is that it’s a lot of work and current members weren’t able to volunteer – we couldn’t get anybody to offer any time.”

Enns noted that the organization, which operated out of an office in the Sutton Realty Building on 24 Avenue, has suffered from the aging of its 140 members with sufficient expertise to assist people with interpretation of the Strata Property Act and its regulations, or in forming new strata councils, organizing seminars or resolving disputes.

“But even young people can’t commit to volunteering – they don’t have that much time,” she said.

Enns said the Condominium Home Owners Association, based in New Westminster, is still providing similar services, but to paid members only.

“We would help people whether they were members or not,” she said. “We felt it was important to help people with their problems.”

 

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