Monthly Archives: April 2011

Don’t Lien on YVR

Caution sign resized

In a February 2011 decision (link), the British Columbia Court of Appeal confirmed that the principal sections of the provincial Builders Lien Act were inapplicable to the Vancouver International Airport Authority, which leases the federal lands upon which the Airport is built.

Two contractors who had supplied materials and labour for improvements to the airport premises filed builders liens against the Airport’s leasehold interest in the Airport lands.  The Builders Lien Act creates liens that can be enforced by sale of land if the debt to the filing party is not paid.

The Airport Authority argued that the principal sections of the Builders Lien Act encroached on the federal government’s jurisdiction over aeronautics and a vital part of the …

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