LOTR Support Hours Extended to 6pm Alert Level: MEDIUM

From Nov. 21 to 25, support hours will be extended to 6pm for enquiries about Land Owner Transparency Registry (LOTR) filings. Contact the Customer Service Centre at 1-877-577-LTSA (5872) or online. The deadline to file is Nov. 30, 2022. Avoid the last-minute rush; file now.

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Front Counters Open By Appointment Only Alert Level: LOW

Please be aware that LTSA’s Land Title Office front counters are open by appointment only. Many common transactions are now available online. To book an in-person visit, contact the Customer Service Centre at 1-877-577-LTSA (5872) .

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Claim of Builders Lien Online Application Now Available

File a Claim of Builders Lien application online at ltsa.ca/FileCBL. The new online application includes the option to easily prepopulate key information. LTSA encourages customers to use the online form to submit an application online, by mail or in person.

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LTSA Supports Efforts to Amend Discriminating Covenants on District of West Vancouver Land Title Records

The Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia (LTSA) supports the motion passed by the District of West Vancouver to determine the process, resources and time required to strike any remaining discriminating covenants on affected land title records relating to the District.

Enacted in 1978, Section 222 of the Land Title Act operates against any registered covenant that directly or indirectly has a discriminating effect, whenever registered and in whatever form created. Any covenants that restrict the sale, ownership, occupation or use of land on account of sex, race, creed, colour, nationality, ancestry or place of origin of a person are void and of no effect.

The Director of Land Titles issued Practice Note 01-15 to outline how discriminating covenants are treated. On being made aware of the continuing presence in the register of a discriminating covenant, the Registrar will act to amend the register and records. Where the instrument contains non-discriminating provisions that are not affected, the Registrar will make an endorsement on the affected document indicating that the discriminating covenant has been cancelled pursuant to s.222 of the Land Title Act.

Under the Land Title Act and in accordance with the principles of BC’s Torrens-based land title registration systems, the Registrar is expressly prohibited from erasing or rendering illegible the original words on a record. Thus, a ‘strike-through’ is made on the discriminating covenant so that it is more apparent on the face of a record that its discriminating components have been voided.

With over two million active titles in BC and four million transactions per year, LTSA relies on the assistance of homeowners, local governments, and other property professionals to identify the land title records that need to comprehensively reflect that any discriminating covenant is void.

Customers can submit a request to the Registrar by email to customerservice@ltsa.ca or by mail.

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