Re: Exterior modifications
From: S. Kashdan (
Date: Wed, 19 Feb 2014 00:09:19 -0800 (PST)
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 

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 Kashdan
Community Outreach Liaison
Jackson Place Cohousing
800 Hiawatha Place South
Seattle, WA 98144
info [at] 

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