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Strata Wins $54,000 in Fines Against Owner

Strata Corporations can issue fines when an owner breaches the bylaws. At $200 an occurrence and a further $200/week for an ongoing contravention, the fines can add up fairly quickly. In the case of the Owners, Strata Plan KAS 3162 v Staerkle, 2018 BCSC 1290, the fines were in excess of $50,000.00, and the Court ordered the owner to pay the fines.

This case involved a bare land strata in Kelowna, BC. The development had a building scheme registered on each strata lot, which restricted what owners could build on their strata lot, including what materials owners were permitted to use and how their homes would look. The strata also had a bylaw that required owners to comply with the building scheme. The building scheme required all owners to have their plans approved by the developer.

The Staerkles bought one of the empty strata lots and had submitted their initial plans to the developer for approval. When they wanted to make changes, their changes were rejected. The Staerkles decided t…

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