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  • Dana Bouwman

    July 3, 2023 at 8:36 pm

    It depends on your bylaws.

    Do you have to add a water line to install the washer? If so, you will likely need a permit from the city (call your city to confirm). If you do need to add a water line to install the washer then this would be a mechanical change to the common property and will likely require approval from the condo board. Check your bylaws to see if you need approval from the board to make a mechanical change. If you do not need to install a water line, then arguably there is no mechanical change.

    A washer changes the insurance risk profile of the corporation because washers can cause damage to the common property if they leak. Check your bylaws to see if there is a restriction of increasing risks to the corporation. Most bylaws say that owners cannot make any changes that will increase the risk of damage. You could install a metal supply line instead of a plastic supply line to reduce the risk of water leaks.

    And if you do not pay your water or electricity bill directly, then adding a washer and dryer can cost the corporation more money (likely not by a significant amount, but still). I haven’t seen any bylaws that limit utility usage, but you can check.

    That’s all I can think of!

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