What is the Difference Between a Strata Bylaw and a Strata Rule?
There are three big differences between Strata Bylaws and Strata Rules.
First, Rules can only regulate common property and common assets, while Bylaws can regulate common property, common assets and strata lots. Simply put, Rules and Bylaws can regulate the Strata’s property, but only Bylaws can regulate what happens inside your home.
Second, while a Strata Council can pass a Rule at any time, a Bylaw must be approved by a vote of the owners. After a Rule has been passed by a Strata Council, it will remain in effect until the next Special or Annual General Meeting, where it must be approved by a simple majority of the owners. A Bylaw cannot come into effect until after it has been approved by the owners, generally by a ¾ vote at a Special or Annual General Meeting, and registered with the Land Title Office.
Finally, the maximum fine that can be levied for breach of a Rule is $50, while the maximum fine that can be levied for a breach of a Bylaw is $200 (except for Rental Restriction Bylaws, which can levy a fine of up to $500).