Common Questions

I want to know what my rights are as a condo/strata owner

Strata housing is often referred to as condos or condominiums. However, strata housing can also include duplexes, townhouses, fractional vacation properties, and even single family homes in bare land strata corporations (“strata subdivisions”). The BC Strata Property Act and the strata corporation's bylaws and rules determine your rights and responsibilities as a strata owner.

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.
  • The provincial government website has information about strata housing that includes "Understanding Stratas", "Operating a Strata", "Resolving Strata Disputes", and "Renting, Building and Selling Strata".
Do you have a dispute?
  • The Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT) helps you resolve strata disputes. It will direct you to use the Strata Solution Explorer for finding relevant legal information and self-help tools. If you aren’t able to resolve your dispute using this tool, it will lead you to the CRT’s online application form.

Need more help?

  • Lawyer Referral Service can help you find a strata lawyer for an initial consultation of up to 30 minutes at a small fee of $25 plus taxes.

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Last reviewed April 2018
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