Gotta read your documents. Our condo unit (our part) is defined as the
area contained by the interior of the unfinished interior wall. Doors
and windows are not mentioned, so it sounds like windows are the common
areas since they are outside the line by which our part of the condo is
Stylewise, you probably would be making a "material alteration" by
choosing a different style/type of window. In our condo (and state?),
material alterations require vote of the association. I would expect
objection to that, which is logical. A unit owner in our condo wanted
to put in different size/style of window and it would have made the
building look pretty goofy.
Check the CC&R's and/or call the HOA/management company.
Window repairs may or may not be your responsibility.
You may have other responsibilities -- for example, in
my last condo there were even restrictions on the type/color
It will (or should) all be defined in the HOA paperwork.
| Malcolm Hoar "The more I practice, the luckier I get". |
Hi Dan, In answer to your question, my condo building is a 47 years
old and the windows had never been replaced, just patched, but alot of
people were starting to have caulking done and redone until the condo
board of directors (yours should have one) put together a committee to
redo the building. The board started upgrading the 6 story building
(300 units) from top to bottom floor starting about last summer. I
just got mine done and they are awesome. The payments are being
handled by around $80/month condo fee hike and an assessment (the
assessment was agreed to be split into three chunks which is very
manageable considering there are alot of elderly fixed income owners in
the building. That is how they upgraded our building. Turns out our
bldg engineer (fix-it guy) doubles as the manager which makes it handy.
In short answer to your question, hold out and inquire with management
Have a good one
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