Condo House Rules Vs Bylaws to Know

Condo House Rules Vs Bylaws to Know

Condo bylaws are the rules that govern a condo. They are voted on by owners and signed off on by the board of directors. Condo house rules, on the other hand, are not voted on by the owners and don’t have to be approved by your condo’s board of directors. In fact, you might not even know who is in charge of updating your condo’s house rules (we’ll get to that). The good news is that both sets of documents can help make life easier for owners and tenants alike just don’t confuse them!

Don’t confuse your condo house rules with the bylaws

Condo house rules are more informal than condo bylaws. Condo bylaws are the rules that govern the condo corporation, while condo house rules can be changed more easily than bylaws. It’s important to know that these two sets of documents are not interchangeable they have different purposes and serve different functions in your community.

Your condo’s house rules are contained in an addendum at the back of your declaration, which is often included with other documents when you buy into a complex or strata-plan community. The declaration is also typically included with your purchase package along with other documents about your purchase (e.g., floor plans). As such, it’s important that you read all documentation carefully before signing on the dotted line!

House rules don’t have to be as formal as bylaws

Condo house rules are not as formal as bylaws. They do not need to be written in the same way, nor do they need to follow a specific format. While bylaws must be approved and voted on before being implemented, house rules can be requested and changed at any time.

House rules should still be clear and specific while remaining informal. They should not contain conflicting information or require a lot of research on behalf of the tenant/owner before they can understand it.

House rules can change more easily than condo bylaws

Condo bylaws are set and cannot be changed without a vote of the members or a vote of the board, whereas condo house rules can be changed by the board at any time (as long as they’re not against the condo declaration).

When it comes to membership votes, most condo corporations require two-thirds majority approval for changes to their bylaws. The same is true for membership votes on house rules except that they require only 50%+1 approval.

You’ll find house rules in the addendum and not the bylaws

The addendum is a document that owners can create and edit, while the bylaws are created by the board and apply to everyone who lives in your building, regardless of whether they own or rent.

House rules tend to be less formal than condo house rules, but both should be respected by residents. If you’re ever unsure if something is appropriate or not, consult with your landlord or condo board before proceeding just to be safe!

Are the condo house rules enforceable?

If you’re a condo resident, chances are the rules and regulations of your building will be outlined in a document called the Declaration, which spells out everything from what types of pets are allowed to how often an owner can have visitors stay over.

While different condos may have slightly different rules and regulations, they generally fall into two main categories: condo house rules and bylaws. House rules are more informal than bylaws; they might simply be written on a laminated sheet of paper or posted on the bulletin board in the lobby where residents can see them. By contrast, bylaws are official documents that owners vote to approve when they purchase their units (and sometimes later as well). If there’s any confusion about whether something is a house rule or bylaw or whether it falls under one category or another check with your condo association’s management company or board members directly for clarification before taking action against anyone who breaks them!

Condo house rules can help make life easier for owners and tenants alike

Condo house rules are not enforceable by law. This means that if you have a conflict with your neighbor over something like parking, yet the condo house rules do not specify who is allowed to park in front of their unit or the visitor spots for visitors, then the issue may need to be resolved before it becomes one between you and your neighbor.

House rules can be changed by the board of directors and/or condo owners at any time. The board has ultimate authority over what happens within the building; they’re responsible for making sure everything is running smoothly and that everyone is happy with their situation inside the complex. If a rule doesn’t work out, they can always change it!

The same goes for condo owners you can amend any part of your contract as soon as you want (assuming it doesn’t violate any agreements). And lastly, even if there aren’t any written policies specifically addressing something like parking spaces or visitor parking, these things are still often addressed informally through word-of-mouth communication from other residents within each building or community council meetings where staff members discuss issues like this firsthand with each other before putting anything down on paper (which could take weeks).


It’s important to understand the difference between condo bylaws and house rules, but not at the expense of your peace of mind. Condo house rules can help make life easier for owners and tenants alike with simple things like pet cleanup stations or quiet hours during certain times of the day. And don’t forget that it doesn’t have to be all or nothing when it comes to involvement in co-op living! You can choose which rules matter most while still enjoying the benefits of being part of a community just make sure you know what those benefits are before signing any paperwork!