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  • Posted by Ingrid Cunningham on September 14, 2023 at 10:04 am

    Our condo has various restrictions for use of balconies (common area, exclusive use), including hanging of clotheslines. I assume many other apartment-style condos have the same restriction in their bylaws.

    In an effort to become more environmentally-friendly (and reduce electricity costs) have any condos made changes to allow for that, or brought that up?

    Ingrid Cunningham replied 5 months, 2 weeks ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Mark Hambridge

    September 14, 2023 at 11:29 am

    We have similar restrictions. The adjacent rental building apparently has no similar restrictions on its balconies, so we see the usual barbecues, chairs and tables – and the storage of unsightly ‘stuff’ and bicycles!

    We found an alternative to an outdoor clothesline, which would probably have to be attached to the building’s structure (common property) and require board approval even if permitted. We bought a folding rack from a hardware store to use in the room adjacent to the balcony. It offers 41ft / 12.5m of drying space, possibly larger than a balcony clothesline, and folds to store beside the washer/dryer. The same store offers a variety of racks, from $30 to $100.

    It would probably be easier and cheaper to buy racks for occupants than to amend the bylaws to allow clotheslines!

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  • Ingrid Cunningham

    September 14, 2023 at 6:13 pm

    Thanks Mark. I definitely wouldn’t be in favour of having people drill holes into the wall to hang a clothesline or anything else. That would be damaging the building envelope. Plus the list of things people would then hang would be endless!

    The one clause in the by-law reads that an Owner is not permitted to hang laundry other than within his Residential Unit.

    Is this too restrictive in this climate, politically and environmentally speaking, that is.

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