READ YOUR BYLAWS CAREFULLY BEFORE YOU MOVE IN
Follow the rules and regulations….
Most of the common bylaws for strata developments are regulated by the Provincial government. When moving into a condo or suite make sure you are provided with the building bylaws before you move in, so you do not break any of the rules.
The bylaws can be quite lengthy and detailed so have a clear understanding of all the rules and regulations before you move in.
There may be Standard Bylaws and separate bylaws set by the Strata Corporation. Every bylaw is enforceable and must be adhered to.
Bylaws can cover issues such as what kind of pet is allowed in the building, restrictions on common areas and “quiet times” in the building. There can even be visitor restrictions, balcony restrictions, window covering restrictions and subletting restrictions, so read all the bylaws carefully!
There can even be restrictions on use of the amenities such as pool, hot tub and gym. Often, breaking a bylaw rule can result in a strata fine being paid.
As with all things in life, knowing what is acceptable and what is not will make your living conditions more pleasurable when you know what is permitted and what is not!
When a strata company is formed in BC, the strata property law requires a copy of its strata plan, articles of association, and other records to be submitted to the land ownership office. The land ownership office will have an official copy of the stratification plan, but may not always have the latest copy of the bylaws and other stratification information.
Registered agents or other professionals can advise on the best way to request hierarchical property information.
Orca Realty Inc.
Unit 204 – 2438 Marine Dr. West Vancouver, BC, V7V 1L2 Canada