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 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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Dale Samples
304.741.4705 • - Charleston, WV
REALTOR -Homes for Sale Charleston, West Virgini

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

Nov 12, 2012 01:43 PM #14
Carolyn Kolba
Serving Mentor, and all of Lake County, Ohio - Mentor, OH
Keller Williams Realty- Mentor, Ohio

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 12, 2012 04:52 PM #15
Jordon Wheeler
The Jordon Wheeler Group - Fairburn, GA
J W Group Real Estate Sales and Service

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 12, 2012 05:10 PM #16
Tamara Inzunza
RE/MAX Executives - Alexandria, VA
Close-In Alexandria and Arlington Living

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 12, 2012 07:47 PM #17
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Thom, I can see where this would be a big hazard. One of the condo association rules that makes sense.

Nov 12, 2012 10:00 PM #18
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

This makes you want to trade-up to your own single family dwelling is what it does for me...good post

Nov 12, 2012 10:44 PM #19
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Thom, excellent post! Yes, indeed. The rules are there for a reason.

Nov 12, 2012 10:57 PM #20
David Grbich
Realty One Group - - San Juan Capistrano, CA
Orange County Real Estate - 949-500-0484

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 12, 2012 11:11 PM #21
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

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 02:26 AM #22
Sonsie Conroy
I serve buyers and sellers everywhere in San Luis Obispo County - San Luis Obispo, CA
Energetic, Enthusiastic, Knowledgeable Realtor

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 03:44 AM #23
Jon Karlen
Finish Line Realty - Shelbyville & Louisville Ky Real Estate - Shelbyville, KY
Louisville & Shelbyville Kentucky real estate

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 05:03 AM #24
Sarah, John Rummage
Benchmark Realty LLC, Nashville TN 615.516.5233 - Nashville, TN
Love Being Realtors® in the Nashville TN Area!

Very informative. I had never thought about things blowing off balconies on high-rises. That could be dangerous.

Sarah in Nashville

Nov 13, 2012 08:28 AM #25
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Hey, Thom!  I included this post in Last Week's Favorites.  Have a great week!

Nov 18, 2012 04:05 AM #26
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

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 04:40 AM #27
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

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 05:21 AM #28
Nan Jester
Exit Real Estate Gallery Jacksonville Beach, FL - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Realtor, Exit Real Estate Gallery
I am sure they have similar restrictions here in Jacksonville Beach. I never really thought about it before.
Nov 18, 2012 05:25 AM #29
Debbie Cook
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc - Silver Spring, MD
Silver Spring and Takoma Park Maryland Real Estate

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 07:48 AM #30
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

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 07:51 AM #31
John G. Johnston
John G. Johnston & Associates, LLC - Westcliffe, CO
An Exclusive Buyer's Agent ~ Westcliffe, CO

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.

Nov 18, 2012 09:44 AM #32
Kim & Kristine Halverson, Santa Monica Real Estate :) - Santa Monica, CA

Maybe the furniture could be chained?  Kristine

Nov 18, 2012 02:42 PM #33
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