Office of the Superintendent of Real Estate

The Office of the Superintendent of Real Estate (OSRE) is a regulatory agency of the B.C. government that protects citizens who are buying, selling or renting a home.

Real Estate Services

In British Columbia, real estate services include:

  • Finding homes for buyers
  • Finding buyers for home sellers
  • Leasing
  • Rental management
  • Strata management

Providers of real estate services must be licensed with the Real Estate Council of British Columbia unless otherwise exempted from licensing requirements.

Under the Real Estate Services Act, the Office of the Superintendent of Real Estate co-regulates the real estate industry with the Real Estate Council. They coordinate their actions to protect consumers:

  • The Superintendent investigates and takes enforcement action against companies and individuals that provide real estate services without appropriate licences or exemptions
  • The Real Estate Council takes disciplinary action against real estate licensees who facilitate or encourage unlicensed services

The Superintendent may appeal disciplinary decisions of the Real Estate Council to the Financial Services Tribunal, or pursue regulatory action against licensees in the event of serious harm to the public interest.

Strata Property

Under the Strata Property Act, the Office of the Superintendent of Real Estate undertakes important functions which are critical to the creation of strata titles, such as:

  • Filing Rental Disclosure Statements (Form J), which enable owners to rent their properties in strata developments
  • Approving Schedules of Unit Entitlement (Form V) non-standard unit entitlement arrangements
  • Approving Schedules of Voting Rights (Form W) non-standard voting right arrangements

Some fees apply to make a filing or obtain a copy of a filing.

Real Estate Development Marketing

Under the Real Estate Development Marketing Act, the Office of the Superintendent of Real Estate ensures that developers provide full information and deposit protection to consumers when marketing residential developments.

Real estate developers must file a disclosure statement with the Superintendent before marketing developments to consumers in B.C. The Superintendent can leverage penalties against a developer if a disclosure statement contains misrepresentations or does not meet legislated requirements.

Some fees apply to make a filing or obtain a copy of a filing.

Make a Complaint

Contact Information

Contact the Office of the Superintendent of Real Estate:

Telephone: 604 660-1883
Alternate
Telephone:
Toll Free 1 855 999-1883
Fax: 604 660-3365
Mailing
Address:
Suite 2800 - 555 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC, V6B 4N6
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