A tribunal has ordered a B.C. condo owner to pay fines totalling $27,000.
Monica Copeland was found to have rented out her apartment without first securing the approval of the strata council in violation of the strata’s bylaws.
Copeland bought the Central Saanich condo in 2014, and her daughter Morgan then began living in the unit.
In 2018, a person identified only as LA began to live with Morgan.
Copeland argued before the B.C. Civil Tribunal that LA was not renting, and was her daughter’s companion.
Moreover, the condo owner claimed that LA was not a tenant because there is no evidence that she paid rent.
However, B.C. Civil Resolution tribunal member Julie K. Gibson noted that the Residential Tenancy Act defines rent as “money paid…or a value or a right given or agreed to be given, by or on behalf of a tenant to a landlord”.
“The RTA definition