BY JOHN KIRITSIS, ESQ., CPA, MBA, MS, JD, LL.M
Rules and regulations in New York City (NYC) condominiums (condos) are established by the condo association and its board of directors to ensure the orderly and harmonious operation of the building. These rules help maintain the building’s standards, protect residents’ rights, and address various aspects of community living. Here are common types of rules and regulations that you might find in NYC condos:
- Common Area Use:
Rules governing the use of common areas, such as lobbies, hallways, gyms, pools, and rooftop spaces. These rules often outline hours of use, reservation procedures, and guidelines for maintaining cleanliness and order.
- Pet Policies:
Regulations related to pet ownership, including allowable types and sizes of pets, leash requirements, waste disposal, and designated pet areas.
- Noise and Disturbance:
Rules to prevent excessive noise and disturbances that could disrupt the peace and quiet of the building, including quiet hours and guidelines for playing music or hosting events.
- Renovations and Alterations:
Guidelines for making alterations or renovations to individual units, including approval processes, required permits, and compliance with building codes.
- Move-In/Move-Out Procedures:
Instructions for coordinating moves, reserving elevators, and minimizing disruptions to other residents during the moving process.
- Trash and Recycling:
Procedures for proper disposal of trash and recycling materials, including designated disposal areas and recycling guidelines.
- Guest Policies:
Rules regarding the use of guest passes, the duration of guest stays, and guest access to amenities.
- Smoking Policies:
Guidelines related to smoking within individual units and common areas, especially considering NYC’s strict smoking regulations.
- Security and Access:
Rules about building access, visitor registration, and security measures to protect residents and property.
- Maintenance and Aesthetic Standards:
Guidelines for maintaining the appearance of units and common areas, including balcony decor, window coverings, and exterior design elements.
- Parking and Storage:
Regulations related to parking spaces, storage lockers, bicycle storage, and motorized vehicle use within the building.
- Compliance with Laws:
Instructions to ensure compliance with all relevant federal, state, and local laws, including fair housing regulations and disability accommodations.
- Delinquency and Penalties:
Procedures for addressing non-compliance with rules and regulations, including potential fines, warnings, and escalation procedures.
- Community Conduct:
Expectations for respectful and considerate behavior among residents, promoting a sense of community.
It’s important to note that condo rules and regulations can vary widely from one building to another. Residents and potential buyers should carefully review the condo’s governing documents, including the bylaws, declaration, and rules and regulations, to understand the specific rules that apply to their building. If you have questions about condo rules and regulations, consulting with the condo association’s management or legal professionals who specialize in NYC condo law can provide clarity and guidance.
Citations, References and Potentially Useful Resources for Further Information:
New York State Constitution
Federal Securities Regulation
New York State Martin Act
New York Condominium Act
New York State Security Regulations
New York Business Corporation Law
New York Limited Liability Company Law
New York Uniform Partnership Act
Federal Internal Revenue Code
New York State Tax Laws, Rules & Regulations
New York City Tax Laws, Rules & Regulations
Winston Churchill Owners, Inc. v. Regents Real Estate Associates
Board of Managers of the Park Regis Condominium v. Park Regis Owners Corp.
Park Sutton Condominium v. 447 E. 57th St. LLC
28 E. 10th Street Corp. v. Veras
Riverside Syndicate, Inc. v. Munroe
Essex House Condominium v. Marks
The Parc Vendome Condominium v. Atkinson
54-56 Meserole Street Owners Corp. v. Rossi
The Beekman Regent Condominium v. Bottiglieri
Chelsea 19th LLC v. West 19th Street Realty LLC
New York Department of Finance
New York City Department of Buildings
New York City Bar Association
New York State Bar Association
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