Problematic Surrey condo owner could be forced to sell unit over strata complaints

Google Streetview images of the condominium complex at 15220 Guildford Drive, Surrey, in which is located a unit belonging to Rose Jordison that was the subject of a B.C. Supreme Court ruling posted Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, ordering Jordison to sell her unit and move out because of her behaviour and that of her son toward other tenants in the building and defiance of the strata council. Jorsison has moved out, but has appealed the decision.

A decision was reserved Thursday in the B.C. Court of Appeal about a potentially precedent-setting case of a Surrey strata trying to force a problematic owner into selling their unit.

Rose Jordison and her son Jordy complied with a court order and are no longer living in the unit in the 15200-block Guildford Drive, where residents alleged the Jordisons contravened the bylaws with excessive noise and refused to pay their fines.

But lawyer Phil Dougan, who is representing the strata council, said residents want the Jordison’s unit to be sold — so there is won’t be any chance the Jordisons could somehow return.

Although there have been similar court-ordered sales of strata-titled units for bylaw contravention in Alberta and Ontario, the Jordison case would be the first such sale in B.C.

“It’s totally irrational,” said Dougan of the situation. “It doesn’t make any sense at all.”

He cited more than 1,100 complaints about the Jordisons going back to 2006.

Among the complaints Dougan cited were Jordy Jordison buying a pair of construction boots and stomping on the floor of his mother’s 1,000-square foot unit, disturbing the peace of the residents below them.

“The strata thinks the joists have been cracked,” said Dougan.

There’s also in-floor heating where pipes may have been cracked by the jumping and stomping.

But it didn’t end there as residents claim to have been intimidated by the Jordisons.

“They might get spat at,” said Dougan. “They might get water thrown at them. They most certainly got called all sorts of names.”

Dougan said the situation escalated to the point where some residents were wearing video cameras to capture the alleged abuse.

Jordison was not in court Thursday and has only appeared sporadically during the legal proceedings.

A decision is expected in about a month.

More to come.

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