Rules govern condo dwellers
Q: I live in a condo highrise that I used to enjoy very much. However, the neighbour below me has been sanding and renovating for quite some time now. Up to this point my husband and I have been very tolerant about the noise. But we now smell a very strong chemical odour that is interfering with our daily lives.
We can no longer stand this smell and have sent letters to the property manager. He says smells are just part of renovating and we have to put up with it until the renovation is complete. Is this correct?
We’re worried about these fumes and are beginning to feel the effects, such as having headaches. We may have to see a doctor as well because my husband suffers from allergies and the fumes are only adding to his misery.
A: Review your condo rules as well as the declaration that’s included in the package you received when you bought your unit. Nearly all condo rules state that no owner can create nuisances that interfere with the use of units or common elements by others.
Your condominium directors are obligated to enforce the declaration and rules that govern the condo property. I would suggest you write a letter to the board, attaching to it a copy of the specific rule in your condo documents regarding nuisances.
Inform the board that it’s their duty to require the occupants below you to take the necessary steps to alleviate any further chemical fumes, which are a nuisance as well as a health issue. Always keep copies of any letters you send to the board so you have the proof you need in case further steps are necessary.
Disturbed by renovations in a neighbouring condo? Some condo board rules state that no owner can create nuisances that interfere with other residents.