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How rental bylaws for strata corporations change under Bill 44

Rental bylaws have been repealed entirely by the amendments of the Building and Strata Statutes Amendments Act.

No restriction of rentals by strata corporation: The strata corporation must not screen tenants, establish screening criteria, require the approval of tenants, require the insertion of terms in tenancy agreements or otherwise restrict the rental of a strata lot.

If your strata corporation has a bylaw that sets any restrictions or limitations on rentals, that bylaw is no longer enforceable.

This applies to all strata lots across the province, from duplexes to bare land developments to community developments over 1,200 units.

A bylaw that prohibits short-term accommodations, such as Airbnb and VRBO, is still enforceable, and if part of the bylaws, a strata corporation may still continue to impose fines for up to $1,000 per day of violations.

Vigilant communication, notice and enforcement of bylaws applied to all owners, occupants and tenants will be important to ensure our communities continue to run smoothly.

A landlord must still provide a signed Form K Notice of Tenant’s Responsibilities to the strata corporation. This form notifies the strata the tenant has been given a copy of the recent bylaws and rules and identifies who the tenant(s) is for the strata corporation.

A strata corporation will no longer be required to identify the total number of rentals on a Form B Information Certificate; however, as part of the mandatory record keeping, the strata corporation must continue to maintain a list of the owners and tenants. These are records that must still be provided to an owner or their agent on written request.

Here are a few quick tips to help navigate the increase in tenants for many communities:

  • Maintain a complete copy of bylaws and rules that are easily accessible to all owners and tenants to ensure the correct information is provided to all new owners and tenants. 
  • Review move-in and move-out bylaws and costs if elevators and loading areas have requirements for access and security. 
  • Provide routine updates about waste management, building upgrades, parking and storage allocations, and servicing and access to strata lots. 
  • If you are required to issue a notice of complaint about a bylaw or rule violation, always include the landlord/owner. 
  • If a tenant is fined and neglects to pay fines, the cost of damages, or comply with bylaws, a strata corporation may commence a complaint in the Civil Resolution Tribunal against the tenant and the landlord may ultimately be responsible for the fines and damages. Documentation and proper notice will be crucial. 

Tony Gioventu  executive director of the Condominium Home Owners Association.

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 How do Ammendments to the Strata Property Act Impact You?
  • On November 24, 2022, the BC Government passed amendments to the Strata Property Act, which take immediate effect. There are two significant changes that may impact you. 
  • All rental restriction bylaws are removed, except for bylaws restricting short-term rentals such as Airbnb or Vrbo, and
  • all age restriction bylaws are removed, with the exception of “seniors only” (55-plus) rules. This means that a strata will no longer be allowed to have 19-plus age restrictions.  

For further information please reach out and I'd be happy to chat about it. 

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