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‘No kids allowed’ strata bylaws a challenge for parents in need of housing

Many families find it difficult to find affordable housing in Metro Vancouver, and sometimes the cost isn’t the only barrier.

British Columbia permits stratas to pass policies effectively banning children from their buildings, a trend that is on the way out in other parts of the country.

With a girl and boy who will one day need their own rooms, Tracey Schaeffer and her husband started looking for more space. The couple was looking for a three-bedroom home in New Westminster, but their search led to an unexpected frustration.

“I’d get these listings from the realtor and I’d read, ‘Oh, three bedrooms, 1,900 square feet, access to a backyard,'” Schaeffer recalled in an interview with CTV News.

“Then in tiny little letters at the bottom it says ’19+.'”

She said she was shocked to learn that restrictions excluding children are legal under B.C.’s Strata Property Act.

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