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Condo Owner: Legal to do renovation?

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Condo Owner: Legal to do renovation?

I am a new condo owner trying to do reno on den. Can I get my own contractor to do it without any legal issues?
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So what does it state in your condo agreement regarding renovations?
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seven wrote:
Dec 25th, 2006 9:11 pm
I am a new condo owner trying to do reno on den. Can I get my own contractor to do it without any legal issues?
What type of reno's are you thinking of anyways?????

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sunnybono wrote:
Dec 25th, 2006 10:07 pm
What type of reno's are you thinking of anyways?????

sk
Renovating the den into small bedroom. I imagine there will be some drilling involved here and there. But nothing major like breaking through the walls and so on.
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If you are a condo owner (as opposed to rent), you can generally, and this is just a general statement, do whatever you want to the inside of your unit, with the exception of changing anything structural, like removing a load wall (not a good idea anyway).

Having said that, you should review the condo agreement.....but for all intents, you OWN the inside and "commonly own" the outside.

Furthurmore, such renovations are at your expense (so DYI or your own contractor), although the condominium corporation may reserve the right to approve the work, usually to make sure you haven't changed anything structural.
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It depends on the condo there are some that will not even let you change the floor.
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Yes, read the agreement. For my reno's i had to provide a detailed plan of what changes were to be made. Electrical and plumbing. They requested pictures for their records of the plumbing in the event of a leak. Also you may not be able to renovate morning till night, I was limited to 8am-5pm. Not on weekends etc. But by the sounds of what you're doing it shouldn't be much of a deal.
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I'm not sure if it's legal or not, but we were able to do just that (change the small den into a bedroom by adding a wall). Added a door and light switch, that was it.
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Check with management office. We changed from carpet to wood flooring w/o any issues

Just have to specify time of renovations. I know some buildings require board approval for renovations
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seven wrote:
Dec 25th, 2006 9:11 pm
I am a new condo owner trying to do reno on den. Can I get my own contractor to do it without any legal issues?
I think it's best to look into this with your management company first. I vaguely remember a regulation passed not long ago regarding the number of people that can occupy a unit. Something about X amount of square feet per person etc. So before renovating check with the company or your lawyer.

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