No-Nos in Condos
Home may be where the heart is but it may not necessarily be where your pets can be — that's if you live in a condo that doesn't allow pets, of course. Read on about pet restrictions and other condo considerations.
Four-legged guests. Most condos will have a policy on the types and sizes of allowable pets in the building. Check this before settling in, and avoid any risk that your pet could later be evicted!
Two-legged guests. Thinking of renting out your condo through Airbnb or another similar short-term rental service? You'll want to check your building's rules first, as many will have restrictions on this type of rental.
Obligations and renovations. While you own your condo and can decorate the inside of your unit as you like, you may have to conform to things like the colour of the inside of your window coverings, which may need to be in line with the building's preference for a uniform appearance from the outside of the building. The same goes with what is or isn't allowed on your balcony.
When it comes to renovations, consult with your condo board before committing to anything or spending a penny in materials.
Gas BBQs. If your balcony has a natural gas line, go ahead and fire up your barbeque as many times as you like. If not, however, your barbequing dreams will likely go up in smoke as fire rules often prevent propane tanks from being transported in elevators.
Rely on your real estate representative's experience and knowledge of condo conditions to guide you in the cans and cannots of your next condo purchase.