Strata Property Act Information

The Strata Property Act provides a framework for the creation and operation of strata developments in British Columbia, and sets out the guidelines under which strata corporations must operate. The legislation provides for strata corporations to operate and make decisions based on democratic principles.

The Strata Property Act does not contain any provisions which permit government intervention in the affairs of a strata corporation. As a result, the Superintendent of Real Estate cannot investigate breaches of the Act or take action to enforce the Act against strata owners or strata corporations.

To assist strata owners, residents and developers, the Superintendent of Real Estate has prepared 28 guides (numbered 2 through 29) to provide basic information about certain parts of the Strata Property Act and its Regulations. The guides were updated in June, 2010, by the Ministry of Housing and Social Development. The guides may be periodically reviewed and updated but do not cover all aspects of the Act and Regulations.

For questions about the Strata Property Act that are not answered by the guides, you may wish to contact a lawyer or one of the Strata Owners’ Associations listed on our Contacts page.

As of January 1, 2006, all persons who perform strata management services must be licensed under the Real Estate Services Act. The Real Estate Council of British Columbia is responsible for the licensing and regulation of strata managers, and accordingly all enquiries concerning strata management licensing should be directed to the Council.

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Instruction Guides Site

In total, there are 28 guides (numbered from 2 to 29) that cover a range of issues and topics found in the Strata Property Act and Regulations.

If you know the title of the guide you are seeking, simply click on the appropriate link below, or search for the desired guide using the keyword search box.

You may also download all 28 guides as one document (approximately 173 pages).

Number Strata Property Instruction Guides
  Guides – Table of Contents
1. How to Prepare for July 1, 2000
(intentionally deleted – no longer relevant)
2. The Role and Responsibilities of Owner Developers (43kb pdf)
3. The Role and Responsibilities of the Strata Corporation (32kb pdf)
4. The Role and Responsibilities of the Strata Council (37kb pdf)
5. The Role and Responsibilities of Strata Lot Owners (32kb pdf)
6. The Role and Responsibilities of Tenants and Landlords in Stratas(36kb pdf)
7. How to Prepare for an AGM (31kb pdf)
8. How to Conduct an AGM (31kb pdf)
9. What to Know about Voting (41kb pdf)
10. What to Know about Budgeting and the Collection of Fees (38kb pdf)
11. How to Apportion Expenses (22kb pdf)
12. What to Know about Contingency Reserve Funds and Special Levies
(40kb pdf)
13. How to Create or Amend Bylaws and Rules (38kb pdf)
14. How to Enforce Bylaws and Rules (37kb pdf)
15. Rentals Permitted within a Strata Corporation (40kb pdf)
16. What to Know about Age Restriction Bylaws (19kb pdf)
17. What to Know about Pet Bylaws (28kb pdf)
18. What to Know about Limited Common Property and Short Term Exclusive Use Arrangements of Common Property (33kb pdf)
19. How to Alter Unit Entitlement (30kb pdf)
20. Who is Responsible for Repairs (94kb pdf)
21. What to Know about Record Keeping (32kb pdf)
22. Certificates of Payment (29kb pdf)
23. Information Certificates (30kb pdf)
24. What to Know about Contracting with a Strata Manager (32kb pdf)
25. What to Know about Resolving Complaints (46kb pdf)
26. Arbitration (77kb pdf)
27. Court Actions (36kb pdf)
28. Sections (30kb pdf)
29. Parking Spaces and Storage Lockers (30kb pdf)
  Guides 2 to 29 in one document (13mb pdf)

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