My rights are as a condo/strata owner:
Condos or condominiums is often referred to as Strata housing . However, strata housing not only includes apartment-style condominiums but can also include: duplexes, townhouses, fractional vacation properties, even single family homes in bare land strata corporations (“strata subdivisions”). The BC Strata Property Act includes detailed bylaws that apply to all property and operations of every condominium. In addition, each condominium may have its own set of rules. Bylaws and rules spell out your rights and responsibilities and control what the place will be like to live in.
Good starting points include:
Owning a Condominium, from the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch, provides an overview of what is involved in being a strata title owner, what a strata corporation does, and what laws apply to condominiums.
Strata Property Act: Frequently Asked Questions, from the provincial government, provides answers to frequently asked questions about strata/condominiums in BC.
Strata Housing, from the Ministry of Natural Gas Development & Responsible for Housing, provides a series of guides which includes “Understanding Stratas”, “Operating a Strata”, “Resolving Strata Disputes”, and “Renting, Building and Selling Strata”.
The Obligations of Strata Lot Owners
Under the Strata Property Act, strata lot owners must do the following:
Pay regular strata fees, usually in proportion to their unit entitlement, on the date set out in the bylaws. For example under the Standard Bylaws (which can be amended) strata fees must be paid the first day of each month
maintain and repair all parts of their strata lot and limited common property which are required by the bylaws
understand and comply with the bylaws and rules of the strata corporation (or section)
use property in a manner required by the bylaws and rules. For example, the Standard Bylaws (which can be amended) require that owners:
- not cause a nuisance to others
- not make unreasonable noise
- not use their strata lot for an illegal purpose and
- leash and secure pets in common areas
- pay special levies to the strata corporation if the special levy has been approved by the necessary vote
- comply with work orders from a local authority to do work to his or her strata lot
The Standard Bylaws (which can be amended) require that the owner inform the strata corporation of their name, strata lot number, and any mailing address outside the strata development within two weeks of becoming a strata owner.