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Bylaw Changes Can Affect How You Want to Use Your Strata Lot After You Buy

Most (and hopefully all) people review the strata's bylaws before they purchase the strata lot to make sure there aren't any bylaws that will interfere with how they want to use the strata lot they are buying. But what happens when you buy a strata lot and the strata changes the bylaws (and they weren't planning on making that change until after you buy) and now there is a bylaw that specifically prevents you from what you want to do? Are you exempt?  In some cases, the new bylaw wouldn't apply to you or the effect would be delayed: pet bylaws, age restriction bylaws, and rental restriction bylaws. Each of those has different grandfathering provisions (the delaying effect until the bylaw applies to you).  What happens when it is a new bylaw that prevents the specific business that you wanted to operate in your strata lot? In some cases the new bylaw was significantly unfair to the owner and the owner was exempt:  Semmler v The Owners, Strata Plan NES3039, 2018 BCSC 2064

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