Important Update for Strata Property Owners and Prospective Buyers in B.C.

Important Update for Strata Property Owners and Prospective Buyers in B.C.

As a realtor dedicated to providing the most current and impactful information to my clients, it's important to discuss the recent changes to the British Columbia Strata Property Act concerning depreciation reports. Effective July 1, 2024, these changes will affect anyone who owns or is considering purchasing a strata property, especially in smaller strata corporations.

Understanding the Changes to Depreciation Reports

Depreciation reports are critical documents that help strata corporations plan for future repairs and maintenance by outlining the anticipated costs over a 30-year period. Previously, strata corporations with five or more lots could defer the requirement to obtain these reports by a 3/4 vote at annual meetings. However, under the new regulations, this deferral is no longer possible, and all applicable strata corporations must update their depreciation reports every five years without exception.

Impact on Strata Owners and Purchasers

  1. Increased Costs for Small Stratas: For owners in smaller stratas, the new requirement to obtain and regularly update depreciation reports every five years can represent a significant financial burden. Smaller stratas often operate with tighter budgets, and the cost of hiring qualified professionals to prepare these comprehensive reports can be substantial.

  2. Benefits for Prospective Buyers: For those looking to purchase a strata property, the availability of up-to-date depreciation reports is immensely beneficial. These reports provide a clear picture of the property’s condition and the expected future expenses, which can influence purchasing decisions and financing options. Prospective buyers can better assess the value and potential long-term costs of a property, making for a more informed investment.

  3. Long-Term Planning for Current Owners: For current strata property owners, regular depreciation reports facilitate better financial planning. Knowing the anticipated maintenance and repair costs helps strata corporations set appropriate reserve funds and plan for special levies or loans, which can stabilize financial management and avoid unexpected expenses.

  4. Enhanced Transparency and Property Value: Regular and updated depreciation reports enhance the transparency of a property’s management, which can be appealing to prospective buyers and contribute to maintaining or increasing property values over time.

Advice for Strata Owners and Buyers

  • For Owners: Engage with your strata council to understand the implications of these new requirements and ensure your strata is preparing adequately for the financial aspects of compliance.

  • For Prospective Buyers: Always request the most recent depreciation report when evaluating a strata property. Consider the long-term financial obligations and how they align with your investment goals.


The new regulations for depreciation reports in B.C. represent a significant change for strata property management, particularly affecting smaller stratas with the financial implications of compliance. However, these changes also bring about benefits such as improved transparency and better long-term planning capabilities, which can enhance property value and investment potential. Whether you are a current owner or a potential buyer, it's crucial to understand these changes and how they can impact your property decisions.

If you're considering buying a strata property or if you currently own one and have questions about how these changes affect you, please reach out. As your trusted real estate advisor, I'm here to help you navigate these changes and ensure your real estate decisions are informed and strategic.

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