Vancouver has far, far more multi-housing developments being built and a house with a yard is simply not a reality for most people there these days.
Multi-housing developments have a whole host of problems associated with them and this story is absolutely horrible for how it has gone for the one owner, forced sale of his home and on the hook for a couple hundred thousand in bills that ought to have been shared with the other owners.
My second home was bought brand new and within a year or two we had a rot problem with the balcony. I ended in charge of the project to get our balconies repaired and I do not have even slightly fond memories for some of the crap from the other owners. We put tons of work and research into what we were doing and we had to get a majority vote to go ahead, however, a strata has a responsibly to keep properties maintained and from what I understood we had an obligation to actually take the nay-sayer owners to court to get the repairs ordered. What you have a choice in as owners is how the repairs are done, not whether the repairs are done, at least that was how I understood the strata law. It is interesting how differently the judge in the above link interpreted the law.
Anyway, with our rot problem we had one total idiot that rallied other owners to vote against the repair plan we had and we had to have another meeting two months later. We had proxies and such so we couldn't just have a revote at the original meeting, but I really blew up when they voted the repairs down and laid out how I saw strata responsibility and would we as owners be meeting in court next time. Most did not really understand that homes must maintain reasonable repair and it was just this one idiot spreading mis-information.
We were so lucky, we were one inch of rot from a $200k repair bill becoming a $500k repair bill. I felt physically ill when the repair were under way and I inspected how close our balcony rot problem came to being a building envelope rot problem. The rot problem was so bad in some of the balconies that when we saw the shingles removed we issued warning to owners that had not yet had their balconies repaired to stay off them.
So, just wait and see what happens with these multihousing developments when it is time to tear them down. You think all owners are going to be in a financial position to want that at the same time?