The Myth of Section 98
Ontario's Condominium Act and Outdoor Flooring for Condo Balconies
TORONTO, March 7, 2014 /CNW/ - Trading in your backyard for a balcony means looking for ways to make that outdoor space inviting.
"The good news is you've got lots of options," says KANDY Outdoor Flooring President Kelly Niessen. "The bad news: there's a myth that Section 98 of Ontario's Condominium Act means you're restricted from adding any kind of outdoor flooring to your balcony. "
Section 98 outlines what's required before a unit owner gets approval to make any addition, alteration or improvement to their exclusive use common elements, including their balcony:
- condo board must approve
- changes must comply with the Act and condo bylaws
- an agreement between owner and condo corporation that must be registered on title.
Here's the myth. This section presumes that every alteration or improvement is structural or permanent. Not true.
"Floating outdoor flooring for condo balconies doesn't adhere to the floor, wall or structure," says Niessen. "It maintains the integrity of the building, balcony or deck construction, and remains on the right side of the rules of most condo corporations."
Don't give up on your outdoor balcony without being sure about the rules in your building.
Ontario Condo Owners' Association - Find out your rights
"Building a Better Condominium Act" - Ontario's condo legislation under review
Ontario's updated Condo Guide
KANDY's Section 98 Blog
Visit KANDY Outdoor Flooring at:
- International Home & Garden Show, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, March 6 - 9, booth #1216
- National Home Show, Direct Energy Centre, March 14 - 23, booth #2805
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