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High strata fees raise questions about managers

Q: We are in a 12-suite apartment building with very few common areas. There are only hallways, an entrance and a small strip of grass to cut. Yet, our strata fees are very high. We are told that strata managers must be licensed and that’s why it is so expensive. True?

A: Owners could vote to self-manage and appoint another owner as strata manager. In B.C., that is perfectly legal. Familiarize yourself with the duties at There is more than just grass to cut. Remember also that it is a thankless task. Some owners will always complain about this or that, annual meetings need minutes, fees need collecting, forms must be provided -grey hair you will have!

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OZZIE JUROCK (FRI) is the author of Forget About Location, Location, Location. Ozzie Jurock is also president of Jurock Publishing Ltd. Peter C. Newman in his book Titans called him a Real Estate Guru. Vancouver Magazine called him one of the 45 brightest people in Vancouver. Ozzie Jurock appears every 2nd Wednesday on Global TV News Hour. He also authored the book: Forget About Location, Location, Location and has written hundreds of published real estate articles in the Vancouver Sun, Business in Vancouver, the Globe and Mail, the Western Investor and dozens of magazines. (List of published articles.) Several thousand people have subscribed to his monthly and weekly newsletters Jurock Real Estate Insider and Jurock's Facts by Email.

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