Toronto Condo Bylaw...how far can they go?
April 23, 2014 4:12 PM Subscribe
We rent a condo that my parents bought under my name last October (and pay rent to my parents), and have gradually realized that there are several bylaws that seems unreasonable. One of them is the complete prohibition of bicycles in the building. The board claims that there is a "bike room," but it's actually just a mobile bike rack in the garage where most of the bikes on the rack are missing tires, saddles, parts (so we know it's not secure, and there are thefts around). The garage also has been inaccessible for the last 8 months due to construction. The other unreasonable rule is that there is a fixed laundry room schedule that was determined before we moved in.
I want to know to what extent can a condo board enforce these bylaws? What can they do? Do they actually have legal rights to tell me when I am and am not allowed to wash my clothes? What can we do to change the bylaws?
posted by redwaterman to Grab Bag (26 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
A few important pieces of information...
1) The building residents used to be exclusively rich, old and middle-aged, Euro-Canadians with a stay-at-home wife. Now there's a lot more diversity, and I think the condo board wants young people like us in the building. The bylaws, nonetheless, are designed around the lifestyles of the original residents-- who drives and for some reasons have time to do laundry in the middle of a weekday.
2) The explanation the board gave for prohibiting bikes in the building is that bikes WILL damage the buildings. Bu baby strollers, rolling suitcases, and granny carts are all permitted. To us this seems like a really big inconsistency.
3) The garage is poorly lit, damp, and the "security camera" has numerous blind spots as it targets only the parked cars. As young, small, women of color (one of us is visibly queer; both severely allergic to mold), we feel unsafe in that space. For that matter, we also don't particularly want to deal with the board of completely grey hair-ed straight white men. We could and have parked the bikes outside, but the bikes keep getting damaged from the construction, traffic, and just by being outside.
4) As for laundry, both of us work long, intense, and irregular hours, and we don't make much money. We can't reliably always have the same time of the week to do laundry. Some residents buys their own machines, but we can't afford that and anyway don't particularly want to have to deal with the condo board at all.
5) We could move, in theory. But as the landlords are my parents, and the property is under my name (long story), that would be an absolute last resort.