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Residents in BC’s strata buildings can expect positive changes to bylaws, particularly those with children on the way.
The Strata Property Regulation will be amended to enable residents of 55+ age-restricted strata buildings to avoid eviction in the event of changes to their family structure. On Monday morning, BC’s Ministry of Housing revealed the upcoming modifications.
With immediate effect, the proposed amendment broadens the scope of exemptions to 55-and-over strata bylaws. The expanded exemptions include dependents, future children, and spouses or partners of existing residents.
An exemption is also being introduced to allow adult children or previous dependents of current residents to return to their parents’ or caregivers’ homes.
Ravi Kahlon, BC’s Minister of Housing, received feedback from individuals whose evolving family structures placed them at risk of losing their homes. Kahlon stated that starting a family should not jeopardize one’s housing security.
In November of last year, BC revised the Strata Property Act to remove certain constraints on 55+ strata buildings. The Ministry claimed that tens of thousands of strata units became available to renters and younger occupants as a result of the amendment.
Following the announcement, a Maple Ridge resident released a statement expressing their appreciation for the government and Ministry of Housing officials who listened to their stories and took action to safeguard their rights. The resident had been taken aback by the extent of power vested in stratas and the inhumane measures they could legally employ.
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