Condo Balcony Furniture And Why There Are Rules

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Condo Balcony FurnitureWhen you live in a condominium, you live in close quarters. I mean, it's not like a single family home on a one-half acre lot....you do have neighbors right next door. So, that is why you have covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs) which are the governing documents that dictate how the homeowners association operates and what rules you have to follow.

Condo Balcony Furniture And Why There Are Rules

As Super Storm bears down on the New Jersey coast line and points inland, we've felt outer winds way over here in Atlanta! Wind and high rises are not always a problem..but what's on your balcony...that is a whole other story! Rules about what you can have on your condo balcony vary widely from building to building. Those buildings like Viewpoint Midtown and Spire Midtown have even more strict rules because of the nature of the design of the balconies and how they cantilever out and are mostly exposed to the elements, including wind.

I took this picture today from the 14th Floor of Viewpoint Midtown. You should be able to see that a chair on each of the balconies has been blown over. The wind force 14 stories up in the air is very different from the street. Couple that with the wind circling around a building and patio furniture, it not heavy enough can be lifted up and over a balcony railing. Can you imagine the force that a piece of furniture would hit the ground 14 stories below? Lethal for sure, if it hit anyone.

I was once on the street in front of another condo building with a pool deck on the 7th floor. While stopped in traffic, an umbrella from one of the tables landed on the sidewalk. Thankfully, there was no one walking anywhere close, but again, it could of been a disaster.

See, there are reasons....Condo Balcony Furniture and Why There Are Rules!

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Great blog posting! I'm sure most people wouldn't think why the rules are there but good reminder.

Nov 12, 2012 09:43 PM #14
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Another part of the reasoning is that, although just one balcony having something on it may look fine, or barely be seen... the rules should be written as if sooner or later everyone might be doing it, and if so, how would it look then?  Pretty shabby.

Nov 13, 2012 12:52 AM #15
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Hey Thom,

This information is very important even though some would say it's 'common sense.'  Good post.  Thanks and best of success to you this year!

Nov 13, 2012 01:10 AM #16
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Great information on the balconies.  I never really thought about furniture falling off, but the grills are the common concern in our area.  People want to have them, but it is against code for most localities.

Nov 13, 2012 03:47 AM #17
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Michael Setunsky
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Thom, I can see where this would be a big hazard. One of the condo association rules that makes sense.

Nov 13, 2012 06:00 AM #18
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This makes you want to trade-up to your own single family dwelling is what it does for me...good post

Nov 13, 2012 06:44 AM #19
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Thom, excellent post! Yes, indeed. The rules are there for a reason.

Nov 13, 2012 06:57 AM #20
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Safety is a key concern - aesthetics also matters if everyone is allowed to put whatever they want on the balcony making it look less than appealing. CC&R's are there for a reason. Regards Dave

Nov 13, 2012 07:11 AM #21
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It's common sense that when there's a storm or inclimate weather to do things to prevent damage, loss, etc.  Oh wait . . . did I just write "common sense?"  Nevermind.

Nov 13, 2012 10:26 AM #22
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Here's another odd rule that really does make sense if you think about it. My son's condo in Las Vegas has a rule about barbeques and smoke . . . you must not barbeque on your balcony if the smoke is going to blow into your neighbor's home. I have no idea how this is enforced, but obviously they have had problems with this issue in the past.

Nov 13, 2012 11:44 AM #23
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Keeping everyone safe is a high priority for those rules existing, so definitely important to adhere to them.  A lot of people just don't seem to have common sense, so they have to create rules for those people.

Nov 13, 2012 01:03 PM #24
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Very informative. I had never thought about things blowing off balconies on high-rises. That could be dangerous.

Sarah in Nashville

Nov 13, 2012 04:28 PM #25
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Hey, Thom!  I included this post in Last Week's Favorites.  Have a great week!

Nov 18, 2012 12:05 PM #26
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Most rules are just common sense and not only in condo complexes. Some deed restrictions in suburban subdivisions impose pretty strict rules as well, either for safety, comfort or aesthetic reasons.

Nov 18, 2012 12:40 PM #27
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Thom, no one ever really thinks about these things until someone gets hurt. Thankfully condo associations see the risks and that's why they enforce these policies.

Nov 18, 2012 01:21 PM #28
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I am sure they have similar restrictions here in Jacksonville Beach. I never really thought about it before.
Nov 18, 2012 01:25 PM #29
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Good Info - One place here also has rules about hanging towels, laundry and ect. out on a balcony - probably more for looks than safety

Nov 18, 2012 03:48 PM #30
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Thom, great information. I had my umbrella rolling down the street recently. I don't live in a condo, but I can tell you I was running like heck to get it before something happened.

Nov 18, 2012 03:51 PM #31
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Thom   Just today my wife and I were in Denver visiting our son.  He lives in an apartment complex with 3 levels.  He is on the top level and was told by management to clear his balcony.  I'm thinking how could anyone even see unless they were on the roof and "what's the problem".  You just told me.

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Maybe the furniture could be chained?  Kristine

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