Strata Property Act Changes that affect Langley and Surrey Condo owners
On November 2, 2022, the BC Government ended rental and age restrictions for strata properties. Currently, all strata-held properties with age restrictions and/or rental restrictions must remove those restrictions from the bylaws as they can no longer be enforced.
Communities are still allowed to have age restrictions of 55 years and up. This bylaw change is leaving adult-oriented communities with a difficult choice. Do they add a new age restriction, or do they allow the development to become family oriented? If they choose to enact a 55-plus age restriction, then all current owners of the property are exempted from the new age restriction. This allows communities with 45-plus age restrictions to implement a 55-plus age restriction without displacing the current owners. To implement the new age restrictions strata will need a majority vote at an annual or special general meeting.
Strata developments are no longer permitted to restrict rentals anymore. Currently, strata developments built after 2010 were prohibited from restricting rentals if the developer filed a rental disclosure statement allowing rentals. Since it is the standard practice for developers to file this form in the Fraser Valley, almost all of the units built after 2010 allowed rentals. The units built before 2010 often enacted rental restrictions at some point restricting rentals to a handful of units, usually less than 10% of the development.
Benefits of Removing Rental Restrictions
Rental restrictions are problematic for owners in a falling market as they often force an owner to sell a property when relocating. If market conditions are unfavorable, or the development is undergoing repair, the units may sell for less than market value. This affects all of the property owners, not just the person relocating. Removing rental restrictions allows owners to hold the property until market conditions favor them while increasing the pool of rental property available for tenants.
Pitfalls of Removing Rental Restrictions
Many of the buildings that have rental restrictions in place are aging facilities that weren’t built with the same level of soundproofing or electrical capacity used today. These older buildings also tend to be more economical, attracting larger families and younger people known to use more power and make more noise. This is difficult for the residents of the building who were expecting a quiet existence.
This legislation was implemented to address the housing affordability issue in BC. It seems like forcing those relocating to sell their property might’ve brought property prices down faster than these rules. But it will increase rental inventory so we should see some downward pressure on rents.
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