Increased fines for short-term accommodation strata bylaws in force today
November 30, 2018
BY Kevin Zakreski
Back in July the ministry of municipal affairs and housing announced that it was amending the Strata Property Regulation to address concerns about short-term accommodation. These amendments have come into force today. They replace the existing section 7.1 of the regulation with a new provision that includes a special category of maximum fines for “a bylaw that prohibits or limits use of all or part of a residential strata lot for remuneration as vacation, travel or temporary accommodation.” The salient features of this category are:
- it allows for fines of up to “$1 000 for each contravention of the bylaw”; and
- it sets “the maximum frequency that a strata corporation may set out in its bylaws for the imposition of a fine for a continuing contravention of a [short-term accommodation] bylaw” at daily.
Strata corporations will have to amend their bylaws to take advantage of these new features of the law.