Surrey problem condo owner appeals forced sale of her unit
Residents of a Surrey condo complex were so paranoid about fractious exchanges with neighbour Rose Jordison and her son Jordy that lawyer Phil Dougan said some of them started wearing video cameras to record their conflicts.
With more than 1,100 complaints dating back to 2006, the strata council of the development in the 15200-block of Guildford Drive went to court to force Jordison to sell. While Jordison and her son Jordy obeyed a court injunction to move out, she appealed a B.C. Supreme Court decision forcing her to put her unit on the market — which would be the first such sale in B.C.
Residents alleged the Jordisons contravened the strata bylaws with excessive noise, abusive language, threats and harassment. Jordison also refused to pay $20,000 in fines.
Dougan, who is representing the strata council, said residents want the unit to be sold so there is no chance the Jordisons could somehow return.
“It’s totally irrational,” said Dougan of the situation. “It doesn’t make any sense at all.”
A majority of the complaints involved Jordison’s son Jordy, who allegedly wore a pair of heavy boots to stomp and run across the floor of his mother’s 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,” Dougan said. “They might get water thrown at them. They most certainly got called all sorts of names.”
There have been similar court-ordered sales of strata-titled units for bylaw contravention in Alberta and Ontario, but the language in B.C.’s Strata Property Act isn’t as clear.
The decision is going to be important, according to Condominium Home Owners Association of B.C. executive director Tony Gioventu.
“This goes to the heart of the behaviour of parties and how it impacts communities,” said Gioventu. “It would certainly set a bit of the framework for other cases. It will undoubtedly set a precedent.”
Jordison was not in court Thursday and has only appeared sporadically during the legal proceedings.
She had been about $8,000 in arrears on her strata fees but her mortgage holder, TD Bank, paid those fees and added it to her bill. The bank halted its foreclosure hearings on the property pending the outcome of the case.
In addition to the $20,000 in strata fines, there was a previous judgment of $65,000 against Jordison and the strata is seeking another $30,000 in court costs.
Dougan expects a decision in about a month.