Life in the vertical community we call a condominium involves meeting neighbours on a regular basis in hallways, elevators and amenity spaces. In order to keep things humming along on a positive note, following the “golden rule” is paramount. Check the code of conduct your board of directors sets out and abide by the guidelines. These exist to protect your, and everyone’s health, safety, privacy, comfort and enjoyment. These may cover restrictions on pets, what you can place on your balcony, conduct when using the building amenities, etc.
Disagreements can escalate if not addressed, and communicating with members of the board is critical. They are approachable and can mediate any negative situations that arise. After decades in the new condominium industry, I can tell you that it amazes me how well things run in these residences. Living in a condo can be a lot of fun – and so can serving on the board of directors. Board members often become friends, even though they typically hail from a variety of backgrounds including sales, law, administration, landscaping and the like.
Remember that your happiness and enjoyment in a condominium is really up to you. To find out more about the rights and responsibilities of condominium owners, check out Consumer Protection Ontario’s website on “Owning a Condo” at www.ontario.ca/page/owning-a-condo. And make the “golden rule” your day-to-day rule.