Strata Glossary

Strata legislation in B.C. uses some words and terms with specific meanings that users should be aware of. Links to legal definitions are given below and some other terms and words are listed for the convenience of users, as per this website's purpose and limits.

Legal Definitions

Legal definitions can also be affected by judicial decisions and court cases. Getting legal advice can be very helpful. Below is a list of legal definitions from the Strata Property Act and strata regulations.

  • The Strata Property Act, sections on Definitions and Interpretation: 1, 199, 217
  • Bare Land Strata Regulation, section on Interpretation: 1.1
  • Bare Land Strata Plan Cancellation Regulation, section on Interpretation: 1
  • Strata Property Regulation, sections on Definitions and Interpretation: 1.1, 4.01, 8.1, 8.2, 9.1, 12.1, 14.1, 14.2, 17.1 

Glossary of Other Terms and Words

A few more words and terms are listed below for the convenience of users which are not referenced in the links above.

  • Condo or condominium: Condominium is the word used for strata properties in other provinces. In B.C., condo or condominium is often informally used  to refer to apartment-style strata housing. However there are many different kinds of stratas including single family homes in bare land strata corporations ("strata subdivisions"). Many different types of property can be strata-titled, from marinas to horse stables to hotels and more.
  • Depreciation reports: Information provided to strata owners and prospective purchasers for projected strata repairs, maintenance and costs for the next 30 years.
  • Land Title Office: Is a frequent reference in B.C.'s strata legislation, please see the BC Land Title & Survey Authority (LTSA) which is the current organization.
  • Reserve Fund Studies (RFS): The term used in other provinces for depreciation reports.
  • Strata: B.C. is the only jurisdiction in North America to use the term strata instead of condominium. B.C. follows the example of the Australian state of New South Wales. In 1961 New South Wales was the first jurisdiction to introduce strata (condo) legislation.

The information on this website about strata housing is provided for the user’s convenience as a basic starting point; it is not a substitute for getting legal advice. Learn more about the site’s purpose and limits. The content on this website is periodically reviewed and updated by the Province of British Columbia as per the date noted on each page: July 11, 2016.