While the rules for Condominium Corporation vary, it is very important that prior to finalizing your agreement of purchase and sale that you review the rules associated with the property. If you are concerned about what specific rules imposed by the Condominium Corporation for your unit, we suggest you immediately speak with the property management office and ask specifically for the property manager to clarify your concerns.
Some types of rules relate to the following kinds of items:
- no changes to unit or changes to common areas without consent of management.
- restrictions against hardwood floors or certain types of carpeting
- no satellite dishes or antennae
- no parking of commercial or recreational vehicles
- no barbecuing on balconies and no enclosing of balconies
- use of elevators for moving sometimes have restrictive hours, require reservations
- no office business or commercial uses within condominium units
- pet restrictions
- types and colour of window coverings, (usually white or off-white) as can be seen from exterior of building
- plantings and other uses of exterior patios
- unit owner’s liability for damaged exterior doors, including garage doors and/or added items such as central air, fireplaces, etc.(particularly in townhouses)
- noise generated by musical instruments
- Short term rental restrictions and other tenancy requirements
If you do not comply with a specific rule affecting your condominium, the Corporation has the right to get a court order directing compliance and ordering payment of legal costs by the unit owner. If you intend to rent your unit after completing a purchase, insert a clause in the tenancy agreement that the tenant will comply with all rules and by-laws of the Condominium Corporation