Living in a strata

What are my rights?

Condo life means less freedom — neighbours above, below and to the sides! But at least I can do whatever I want inside my unit. Condo bylaws only apply to our shared spaces.
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Many homeowners in British Columbia (especially those in Lower Mainland high-rises) live in a strata. Many of them have learned — sometimes after moving in — that a strata functions like its own mini-city. There are lots of rules. And there can be consequences if you break them. Strata property laws help owners answer big questions like: Who makes decisions? How do we save for future repairs? Who can we complain to if we aren’t getting along? Learn your rights (and responsibilities) when living in a strata, and steps you can take to prevent problems.

What you should know 

How to prevent problems

Who can help

  • This information applies to British Columbia, Canada
  • Reviewed for legal accuracy in December 2020
  • Time to read: 8 minutes

Reviewed for legal accuracy by

Taeya Fitzpatrick, Doak Shirreff Lawyers LLP

Taeya Fitzpatrick

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