EXAMPLE OF CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION RULES
Below is an example of the rules of an actual Florida condo association.
This particular association was built in 1969 and is still in opperation.
Rules for most associations are similar except for minor variations associated
with individual association makeup, location, and climate.
CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION, INC.
AN ADULT COMMUNITY RULES AND REGULATIONS AS AMENDED OCTOBER 1992
1. RULES AND REGULATIONS
Authority to enforce these Rules and Regulations shall be delegated to each unit owner. Disagreements concerning violations will be presented to and judged by the Board of Directors to take appropriate action. Such judgment by the Board of Directors shall be final.
2. RULES OF ORDER
If a unit owner wishes to speak on the agenda at a meeting of the Board of Directors, his/her written request must be received by the Board Secretary two weeks prior to the regularly scheduled meeting. Board meetings are held the first and third Tuesday of earth month.
Fire Department Code regulates that sidewalks, entrances, driveways, passages, walkways and stairways must be kept open and shall not be obstructed in any manner.
4. AGE RESTRICTIONS
One of the owners or renters must be a minimum age 55 years of age. No one under 18 years of age shall be a permanent resident. Also, no guest(s) who are under 55 shall be permitted to reside for more than one month except for adult children of the owner.
A child shall be permitted for visits as a temporary guest Children are not to play on the stairways or in the parking areas. Owners shall require their guests and children of their guests to comply with all rules and regulations. No minors shall be permitted in the Billiard Room or in the Saunas. No minor shall be allowed on the Shuffleboard Court without adult supervision.
6. PROTECTION OF COMMON ELEMENTS
Common elements means those portions of the Condominium property not included in the apartments and tangible personal property required for the maintenance and operation of the common elements. The Board has delegated its authority to control planting in common elements to its Grounds Committee. Any plantings by an owner or owners in the common elements becomes part of the common elements and under the direction and supervision of the Board through the Grounds Committee.
Owners shall not allow anything whatsoever to be thrown, or to fall from the windows, doors, balconies or terraces. No sweepings or other substances shall be permitted to escape to the exterior of the building from balconies or windows. Rugs or mops are not to be shaken from windows or balconies.
8. BALCONIES AND TERRACES
No bathing suits, towels, clothing, laundry, drapes or rugs shall be hung anywhere visible to the public on balconies, patios or exterior projections.
9. RIGHT TO ENTRY INTO DWELLING IN EMERGENCIES
In case of any emergency originating in or threatening any dwellings, regardless of whether the owner is present at the time of such emergency, the Board or any other person authorized by it, or its agents, shall have the right to enter such dwelling for the purpose of remedying or abating the causes of such emergency, and such right shall be immediate and, to facilitate entry, in the event of any emergency, the owner of each dwelling is required by the Association to deposit under the control of the Association a key to such dwelling. The Association shall not be liable for any damages resulting from reasonable means used to effect such entry.
Water closets and kitchen disposal units shall not be used for any purpose other than those for which they were constructed and no sweepings, rubbish, rags, tissues, grease, tea leaves or other foreign substances shall be thrown therein. Total cost of all maintenance, repairs and replacements connected with any such misuse shall be paid by the owner upon demand. When apartments are vacated for long periods, the water supply must be turned off by closing the shut-off valve at each water facility. Neighbors hearing water running in a vacant apartment, should no* the office or a Board Member as soon as possible.
No pets are permitted, except seeing-eye dogs. Overnight guests are prohibited from bringing pets except seeing-eye dogs. Exception to this rule is Building 6- See #36,
12. RESPONSIBILITY FOR DAMAGE
Owners shall be liable for all damages to building caused by receiving deliveries of, or moving, or removing their furniture or other articles to and from buildings by whomsoever caused. Owners shall also be responsible for damage inflicted to automobiles in adjacent spaces.
Owners shall not be permitted on the roof of their building for any purpose and shall be responsible for keeping their families, guests, employees and contractors of the roof.
There shall be no solicitation by any person anywhere in the building for any cause, charity, or for any purpose whatsoever, unless specifically authorized in advance by the Board of Directors.
Each parking space may be used only by the owner thereof, or by a person designated by the owner in writing to the office, and shall be used only for the parking of private passenger type automobiles. No vehicle shall be parked other than in the space designated for parking. Vehicles or boats, other than automobiles, will be towed away at the expense of the dwelling unit owner doing or permitting such act and, or the owner of such vehicle or boat. Quarter ton trucks are permitted for recreational use. Motorcycles, motor bikes, scooters and other motor-driven two wheeled vehicles shall not be permitted for permanent parking and shall not be taken into the premises.
Guest parking spaces are to be used only for the parking of cars belonging to guests. No campers or trailers will be permitted in parking spaces for more than 24 hours by guests, Sleeping in parked vehicles will not be permitted. Parking space designation must not be changed without consent of the Board.
16. HURRICANE PREPARATIONS
Each owner who plans to be absent from his apartment during the hurricane season must prepare his apartment prior to their departure by removing all furniture, plants and other movable objects from his balcony and screened patio, closing storm awnings an enclosures if available.
17. RADIO AND TELEVISION
It is required that the volume of sound from all radios, televisions and/or musical instruments like pianos, organs or violins, be kept moderate at all times so as not to annoy neighbors. There shall be no individual antennas on the exterior of the building. This system is not to be tampered with and, if it is, the owner will be responsible for the cost or any necessary repairs. Reception defects should be referred to the office.
18. PEST CONTROL
Owners shall be responsible for pest control of insects and mice in their units. Any evidence of termites or mice should be reported to the office.
Apartments shall not be used for commercial, hotel or professional purposes. No “SOLD”, “FOR SALE” or “FOR RENT” signs or any other window displays or advertising are permitted on any part of the property or in automobiles in parking spaces.
20. SALE, PURCHASING AND LEASING
In the event an owner wishes to lease or sell his apartment, said owner agrees to notify, the Board of Directors and submit an application on behalf of a prospective tenant or purchaser for approval by the Board of Directors or appropriate committee thereof, all in compliance with the Declaration of Condominium By-Laws of the Association. Sale or lease agreements shall be treated by the Board of Directors with the same scrutiny as if the applicant were purchasing a private dwelling. All lease agreements shall incorporate a copy of the Condominium Rules and Regulations, shall require compliance therewith and shall be subject to termination for violations thereof only 24 hews noSe and without abatement of rent and shall prohibit assignment and subleasing. Application forms must be secured from the office. No apartment may be leased for less than three consecutive months to one party, unless approved by the Board of Directors. The lease shall designate who is entitled to exclusive rights to the recreation area, either by the lesser, or the lessee. Renewals are subject to the approval of the Board of Directors. There shall be only one leasing in a twelve-month period.
There will be no leasing by the new owner(s) of record within the first twelve month period after the transfer or resale of an apartment. It is required that all prospective apartment purchaser(s) be personally interviewed by the Board of Directors as part of the approval process. The Board may waive these two directives if warranted by special situations.
21. BUILDING EMPLOYEES AND CONTRACTORS
No owner or member of his family or guest shall give orders or instructions to building employees or contractors. For consideration, all requests must be submitted by telephone or on the form provided.
No person in a private dwelling, in the common areas or the recreation area of the Condominium shall engage in loud, boisterous, disorderly, immoral, indecent, profane or unlawful conduct.
23. EXTERIOR APPEARANCE
No projections shall be attached to the outside walls or to the balconies. Standard exterior colors shall not be altered. A flag holder may he attached. Owners shall be responsible for maintaining all awnings in proper repair and cleaned and painted when needed.
All refuse, waste, bottles, cans, garbage (other than that which the kitchen disposal is designed to handle) shall be securely wrapped in paper or bagged and deposited in the Dumpster nearest your building. Dispose of the trash as quietly as possible into the Dumpster. Large empty cartons should be collapsed and flattened before disposal. No large items such as furniture, carpets, bedding, etc. should be placed in or around the Dumpster. Pick-up can be arranged for these large items by calling 738-7420. Individuals are responsible for the proper disposal of the aforementioned articles.
25. BARBECUES, ETC.
Barbecues and open-fire grills shall not be used in any apartment or screened patio. Barbecue grills on the balcony must be removed immediately after cooking.
26. RECREATION BUILDING HOURS
The building will be open from 8 am. until 9p.m. daily, except when social activities are being conducted e.g. dances, bingo and holiday affairs. The laundry room and the saunas will be open at 8a.m. and close at 8p.m. The use of lighting, heating and air-conditioning should be kept at a minimum for conservation and economic reasons.
27. COMPLAINTS AND/OR SUGGESTIONS
All complaints must be made in writing to the office and must contain the following information; Your name, building number, apartment number and the matter you wish to thing to VRCA management’s attention. Forms are also available at the office.
28. PROCEDURE FOR OWNER ABSENCE
If an apartment owner wishes to authorize other persons to use his/her apartment during his absence, they must notify the office in writing and provide the following information: names, ages, sex, relationship of such persons and the period of time for which they are authorized to use the apartment. This form is available in the office and should be given to the office at least two weeks before the visitors arrive. Guests and owners are requested to sign this form which guarantees that the owner will be responsible for the actions of visitors during their stay. This occupancy is to be without payment to owner by way of rent or other consideration except fix actual expense incurred e.g. telephone or electric service during occupancy.
29. METER SHEDS
Meter Sheds are designed to house equipment belonging to the Florida Power & Light, timed devises, power switches, antenna equipment, etc. and not for the storage of misc. items. Only one each of the following may be hung in each shed: water hose line, hoe, spade and a small trowel. Fire Department regulations must be adhered to in these sheds. Timed devises are not to be tampered with; the office must be contacted if they are not operating properly.
30. CHANGE OF ADDRESS
Owners in absentia should advise the office of any change in their forwarding address and telephone number.
31. RULES CHANGE
The Directors of the Association reserve the right to:
• change or revoke existing Rules and Regulations -make such additional Rules and Regulations from time to time that in their opinion shall be necessary or desirable for the safety and protection of the building and its occupants.
• promote cleanliness and good order of the property to assure the comfort and convenience of the owners and to protect your investment.
32. PEDESTRIAN RIGHT OF WAY
Pedestrians using walkways and driveways have the right of way over vehicles at all times. Riding of bicycles and other two-wheeled vehicles on walkways is strictly prohibited.
33. POOL, SAUNA & PATIO.
These facilities are provided for the exclusive use of owners, lessees and house guests at their own risk.
34. POOL RULES
They reflect the operation of swimming pools in the State of Florida and were made for everyone’s benefit. Please do your part and cooperate.
• HOURS - 8:00 am. to 9:00 p.m.
• CHILDREN - Ages 3-12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Children under 3 years of age are not permitted in the pool.
• SHOWERS - All must shower before entering the pool. Hot and cold showers are available at poolside and in the Sauna rooms. Use side door for access to the inside showers.
• OILS AND SUNTAN LOTIONS - Must be removed entirely from the body before entering the pool
• POOLSIDE FURNISHINGS-CHAIRS-LOUNGES - Must be covered entirely with towels or equivalent material when used by persons in bathing attire and/or when using suntan lotions or oil derivatives. Furnishings moved around must be replaced in original locations by users before leaving poolside.
• TABLE UMBRELLAS - Are to be lowered and fastened before leaving or when not in use.
• GLASSWARE - Food is prohibited at poolside and patio. Liquid (non-alcoholic beverages) may be permitted in a non-breakable, non- throwaway cup. No cans or Styrofoam cups are allowed,
(Adults Only) Hours 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
36. OCCUPANTS OF CONDO 5, BUILDING #6 ONLY
• Pets are allowed only in the area of Building 6 and it is reasonable to expect that, where it applies, all pets will be kept on a leash
• It is mandatory that owners of pets being walked must carry a “Pooper-Scooper” arid use it when necessary. It is mandatory that these pets be kept only in the area of Building 6 and no other area of the Village Royale Condominiums.
• No pet shall exceed 25 pounds in weight.
In accordance with the Florida Clean Air Act, the Clean Indoor Act places recreational facilities under its jurisdiction. in order to preserve the harmony for the benefit and public health for the majority of residents, please be advised. that smoking is restricted in the clubhouse (F.S.386.205). Furthermore, under no circumstances shall smoking be permitted in restrooms or water fountain areas (F.S.386.205) Fines for infractions range from $100 for the first occurrence and $500 for each subsequent occurrence
NOTICE TO ALL UNIT OWNERS
TO PREVENT WATER AND RODENT DAMAGE WHEN YOUR APARTMENT IS UNOCCUPIED FOR LONG PERIODS THE FOLLOWING IS SUGGESTED:
MAIN SHUT OFFS FOR THE ENTIRE APARTMENT SHOULD BE IN OFF POSITION. THESE ARE LOCATED IN THE STORAGE AREA.
DISCONNECT ELECTRIC AND CABLE CONNECTIONS TO YOU TELEVISION SET TO AVOID POWER SURGE DAMAGE DURING ELECTRICAL STORMS.
POUR A LITTLE BLEACH IN YOUR TOILETS. COVER WITH SARAN WRAP. REMOVE LID FROM TOILET TANK AND COVER WITH PLASTIC WRAP ALSO, REPLACE LID.