BC strata refuses to sell home to family with three children
A Metro Vancouver couple is trying to buy into the housing market, but was recently denied one Pitt Meadows because the apartment building is too big for their family.
Lucas Parry and Mackenzie Graham have three children under the age of two.
The family is running out of room in their rental apartment in Coquitlam and has been trying to buy their first home.
“We have our first payment in place,” Mackenzie told Global News.
“We have everything. We want to help with a mortgage rather than rent. Rent prices are crazy in this city now.’
The couple got an offer accepted on a home in Pitt Meadows, which would double their current residence.
However, the strata limits the number of people in the unit to four, not a statute that limits it to five.
Parrys said they also wanted to convert the laundry room into another bedroom.
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The strata rejected the purchase, although the pair are aware that at least one other unit in the group has undergone a similar conversion.
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“I feel like our family was discriminated against in this situation,” Lucas said. “In general, I don’t think so, but this situation seems unfair.”
Mackenzie said it’s frustrating because she feels like the layers are choosing what to do and who not to.
A real estate agent told Global News that this situation is becoming more common, but it doesn’t have to continue.
“Something’s got to give at the end of the day,” said realtor Edward Eviston. “When you try to live in the city and work in the city and raise a family.
“I think as time goes on, you’re going to see the layers become more amenable to new and creative solutions, but right now you have a big gap between families and people who have lived in that building for 30-40 years.”
The strata board and property manager did not respond to Global News’ request for comment.
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However, in a statement to Global News, the Attorney General and Ministry of Housing said: “We are determined to increase access to housing to buy and rent and to strengthen protections for people in response to this crisis. We need to strike the right balance between the needs of buyers and the way corporations can own their properties. between the need to manage effectively”.
Meanwhile, the Parrys said they will continue to look for their new home and respect the bylaws, even if they don’t see any logic in those decisions.
“We weren’t trying to be sneaky. We were asking them to do it,” Mackenzie said.
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