Condominium owners in B.C. take note — if you are a foul neighbour and strata council scofflaw, you could lose your home.
The B.C. Court of Appeal has unanimously upheld an earlier ruling that ordered condo owner Rose Jordison to sell her suite in a Surrey complex after the strata council fielded an avalanche of complaints about her conduct and the actions of her son. Jordison also ran up thousands of dollars in unpaid strata fines.
Earlier this year, a B.C. Supreme Court judge ruled that a forced sale was the only option left after Jordison and her son, Jordy Jordison, ignored multiple fines and letters from their strata council.
It is the first time that someone has been court-ordered to sell their home in B.C.
Jordison's lawyer argued his client would have complied if sent to jail for contempt of court, but the panel of judges disagreed, noting that — based on Jordison's previous actions — she was unlikely to respond to anything but the most severe remedy of a forced sale.
They say the court must have the power to impose appropriate penalties and the B.C. Supreme Court judge was right to find that only a sale would solve the problems plaguing the other owners of the Surrey complex.
Earlier this year, Jordison had filed a human rights complaint against the strata alleging her son was autistic and was being discriminated against, but when she was asked to provide proof that he was autistic, she withdrew the complaint.