Calgary Condo Guide to Bylaws
When I say you need to read your condominium bylaws as soon as possible, hopefully you’re not surprised. If you are, however, and haven’t just yet, you need to now! Never ever, ever even think about buying a Calgary condominium without reading the bylaws first.
Do this while you’re still in the conditional sale or prospective buyer stage to make sure your lifestyle will conform to the building’s rules. Do your due diligence and read the condo bylaws from front to back because when you have a firm sale – its too late!
Why Read Your Calgary Condominium Bylaws?
To put it simply, this document governs everything that happens in your condominium. That includes important details such as:
- Age Restrictions: the age allowance of inhabitants (some buildings are adult-only)
- Pet Restrictions: if you can have a pet (some buildings are pet-free)
- Renovations: how you are allowed to perform renovations (if at all)
- Parking Restrictions: visitor parking, residence parking, what types of vehicles can be parked and where
- Penalties: what to expect if the bylaws are not followed
These five points above are by no means an exhaustive list of what a condominium’s bylaws go over. There are many more pertinent and important items that will affect your lifestyle and potentially the resale value of your condominium.
Believe it or not, some buildings don’t allow pets of any kind while others will allow pets but only a certain type. Then there’s also sometimes a sub-set of rules and regulations such as how big / heavy the pet can be.
In other buildings, no one under the age of 18 years old is allowed to sleep inside at any time. If you have young children, this might present a problem!
Bylaws also explain aesthetic restrictions such as if you’re allowed to have coloured window coverings and place planters on your balcony.
These are just a few of many examples of condo bylaws that could seriously affect your lifestyle and your resale value when its time to sell!
Your CAD Sheet
The condo corporation of any building is regulated and must act in accordance with its bylaws. These rules and regulations are registered at land titles and can be found on the Condominium Additional Plan Sheet, otherwise known as the CAD.
Ask your real estate agent to get a copy of the CAD sheet for you so that you can take a long, hard look at everything on the document before making any hard decisions.
Violating a Bylaw
Remember… condo bylaws basically dictate how the building is managed, controlled and administered and the rules that its inhabitants must follow.
Violating a bylaw can result in a hefty fine or even a lawsuit and court hearings as a result of an extreme situation..
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