Re: Exterior modifications
From: Catya Belfer (
Date: Wed, 19 Feb 2014 04:28:25 -0800 (PST)
FWIW here, the first example we're talking about here is an accessibility
ramp off my (shared by my building, LCE) porch down to the community
pedestrian path, but I'm sure there will be less utilitarian situations as

     - cat

Catya Belfer   -
Technical Director   -
Cohousing in MA -

On Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 3:09 AM, S. Kashdan <s_kashdan [at]> wrote:

> I agree with what Philip and Sharon and Ann have said. And, as a matter of
> fact, here at Jackson Place Cohousing, in Seattle, Washington,
> decks/balconies, gardening areas near homes, and such are considered to be
> limited common areas. These are areas that are not the property of the
> homeowner, but belong to the condominium. We have agreed to allow each
> homeowner who wants to take care of these areas to do so, and, for example
> many of us plant what we want in gardening areas near our homes. But we are
> expected to ask the community, the landscape team or the operations team,
> etc. before making any external actual modifications.
> However, I didn't go in to our way of dealing with this, or the good
> reasons
> for doing it the way we do, because you said that the decision was already
> made.
> My point was, and is, that if there is any ambiguity or lack of clarity
> about what is permitted or required in your condo documents, you should
> make
> sure that you  get the help of a real estate lawyer in your state in
> figuring out precisely how to accomplish what you want to do before
> specific
> cases come up. That is true for other things too, such as how to deal with
> unpaid homeowners' dues, etc.
> Good luck,
> Sylvie
> Sylvie Kashdan
> Community Outreach Liaison
> Jackson Place Cohousing
> 800 Hiawatha Place South
> Seattle, WA 98144
> info [at]
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