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#81 Bingo

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Posted 13 March 2017 - 04:10 PM

I think window covering restrictions are reasonable as well, but why should I care if someone has 2" white wood slats and someone else has 3/4" white metal slats?

 

Window covering usually need to look the same from the outside, but you can have your own colour on the inside.



#82 Nparker

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Posted 13 March 2017 - 04:11 PM

...why should I care if someone has 2" white wood slats and someone else has 3/4" white metal slats?

I think such specific restrictions are quite rare. The bylaws at my building simply state that all window coverings must show as white or off-white from the outside. We have quite a few variations (wide and narrow horizontal blinds - both metal & plastic - wooden California shutters and perhaps even some vertical blinds) but overall the look is reasonably uniform.


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#83 LJ

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Posted 13 March 2017 - 07:36 PM

If a strata is that concerned with the looks why don't they supply the blinds for the windows. Get a better deal in volume and then you are assured that they look the same.


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#84 Nparker

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Posted 13 March 2017 - 07:40 PM

If a strata is that concerned with the looks why don't they supply the blinds for the windows...

In most new strata developments they are supplied - correct? I am pretty some of the blinds in my building are the originals from 1994. Over time owners will make changes, but need to adhere to the very simple guidelines. It's not exactly a hardship to follow the white/off-white rule.


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#85 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 13 March 2017 - 07:42 PM

In most new strata developments they are supplied - correct? 

 

Yes.  And yes, over time, people renew.


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#86 Mike K.

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Posted 14 March 2017 - 05:07 AM

Yup, this wording is pretty standard nowadays and applies to virtually all strata properties where the rule has not been changed by the strata.

Jonny is right about the laundry and balcony restrictions, too. You can't even have a satellite dish in a modern strata unit unless it's inside the home and not in any way mounted to the exterior or placed within the confines of a balcony.

Also developers are starting to implement strata restrictions on short term rentals like a hot dang. AirBnB can result in so much wear that ironically owners are looking to buildings where there are short term rental restrictions in place right from the start.

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#87 DavidL

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Posted 14 March 2017 - 10:45 AM

I'd say the wear and tear argument is not accurate at all. In our units we have found quite the opposite with respect to short term rentals and long term rentals. Just as an example no pets, no bikes, no moving furniture etc.

#88 Mike K.

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Posted 14 March 2017 - 10:52 AM

I've heard that The Union can be a mini nut house on the weekends when the AirBnB'ers return from the bars.

Everyone's mileage varies for sure, though.

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#89 akimbo

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Posted 14 March 2017 - 10:22 PM

Two buildings on our priority list specify one pet that can be carried. So no 140lb bellowing hounds. Price point eliminates toddlers in many cases.

I've never understood the weight restrictions on dogs.  Small dogs tend to be yappy.  When I visit friends in weight-restricted condos, I have to put my 32 pound dog under my jacket and climb up the back stairs which is no fun at all.  He doesn't make a sound and is clean. But you can have kids screaming their heads off all day and that's OK.  Just doesn't make sense.  I hope that when I can no longer handle a house and want to move to a condo that there will still be 55 plus allowed and no size restrictions on dogs. 



#90 akimbo

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Posted 14 March 2017 - 10:27 PM

So what if your wife got knocked up and you had a child? What would be the recourse?

I would think you'd be more upset about the person who 'knocked her up' than the condo bylaws. :))



#91 akimbo

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Posted 14 March 2017 - 10:30 PM

We're renting a condo in a building that restricts the kind of window covers you can have (only blinds in white or off-white, with slats of a specific width). I assumed it was something to do with temperature control in the summer, but my partner argues it's probably for aesthetic purposes. Is this a common rule? Does anyone know the logic behind it?

Yes, I had this with my Vancouver Condo.  It seems strange but it does look better from the outside.  You can always have the required colour on the outside and add another layer of whatever you want visible on the inside.



#92 akimbo

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Posted 14 March 2017 - 10:37 PM

I would never by in a strata with crazy rules and/or bylaws. ....

When you spend enough time living in a condo, you realize why there are more and more "crazy rules".  It's because just when you think you've found some common, sensible ground, some owner or tenant does something crazy that you never thought of.  And so the list of "thou shalt not" gets longer. 



 



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