Although you are entitled to the exclusive use of your balcony or patio deck, these areas are not part of your condominium unit. Balconies and patio decks are assigned to owners for their exclusive use but are, in fact, part of the Common Property owned by the Condominium Corporation. It is the unit owner’s responsibility to keep the balcony and/or patio deck neat and clean.
The Condominium Corporation’s bylaws tell us that owners are not allowed to display signs, advertising or notices without the prior consent of the Board—that includes any signs on balconies or patios.
It is not permissible to hang laundry outside of condominium units.
Combustible or inflammable materials may not be stored inside the unit or on balconies or decks. Residents are permitted to use only BBQs fueled by natural gas supplied directly to the existing valve on each individual balcony or deck.
It is not permitted to leave garbage, recyclables, vehicle tires or any items on a balcony or deck other than a natural gas BBQ and typical outdoor furniture. Lattice fence sections may not be attached to the existing wrought-iron railings.
To sum up: your balcony or deck is not a storage area. The space is intended for the exclusive use of the assigned owner, to be enjoyed in compliance with all of the condominium bylaws.
Posted by Donna S.