Condos suit many people as per their budget. There are many types of rules that define the ownership of the condos in Canada. These rules affect the condo industry in Ontario as well. If you have any concern as to what rules apply to your condo corporation, you should get in contact the property management immediately. Or inquire with the property manager directly.
Here are some rules that are universal regardless of the location of the condo:
- You cannot make any internal structural changes to the condo architecture without prior consent of the management in writing.
- Carpeting done on the floor to reduce transmission of sound.
- Hardwood flooring restrictions.
- Balconies cannot be used for barbeques and neither can the balconies be enclosed.
- Restrictions on antennae and satellite dish installation.
- Restricted parking for recreational or commercial vehicles.
- Limited usage of elevators during certain hours (some hours require extra payment).
- If the elevator restricts your personal area or causes obstruction, contact the management immediately.
- Condominium units cannot be used for business or official purposes.
- Pet restrictions – whether certain pets are allowed or all are barred entry.
- Window covering colors as specified. Most probably it is off-white or white as seen from building’s exterior.
- Gardens or plants restrictions. Rules may also apply to use of patios.
- Owners are liable to pay for damages to condo properties such as doors, garage doors, fireplaces and central air conditioning.
- Restrictions on musical instruments and other related noise.
- Rental/tenant restrictions on extremely short term rentals.
Most of these condo rules are easy to abide. Your daily life won’t be turned upside down with some basic rules. These are necessary to create a sense of harmony in the community. At the same time, if you do not abide by these rules the management has every right to get a court order issued against you. The owner also has to pay all the legal costs of the court proceedings.
Also, if you wish to purchase a condo with a further rental agenda, you should include this in the agreement. The upcoming tenant must abide with all the rules of the condominium corporation that you have agreed to in the purchase agreement.
Contact us at 905-405-0199 for further information and discuss your real estate queries.