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Real Estate News | May 2, 2023

Positive Changes to Strata Bylaws in BC

BC’s strata residents, especially those with growing families, can expect positive changes to bylaws. The Ministry of Housing in BC will soon amend the Strata Property Regulation to help residents of 55+ age-restricted strata buildings avoid eviction due to changes in their family structure. The ministry announced these upcoming modifications on Monday morning.

Expanded Exemptions

Effective immediately, the proposed amendment broadens exemptions to 55-and-over strata bylaws. It allows dependents, future children, and spouses or partners of existing residents. Additionally, it permits adult children or previous dependents of current residents to return to their parents’ or caregivers’ homes.

Ensuring Housing Security for Families

Ravi Kahlon, BC’s Minister of Housing, received feedback from individuals whose evolving family structures put them at risk of losing their homes. Kahlon emphasized that starting a family should not threaten one’s housing security.

Previous Amendments and Impact

In November of last year, BC revised the Strata Property Act to remove certain constraints on 55+ strata buildings. The Ministry claimed this amendment made tens of thousands of strata units available to renters and younger occupants.

Community Response

Following the announcement, a Maple Ridge resident expressed their appreciation for the government and Ministry of Housing officials. They thanked them for listening to their stories and taking action to safeguard their rights. The resident had been surprised by the power vested in stratas and the harsh measures they could legally enforce.

This article was originally posted on Daily Hive.

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