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Common HOA House Rules

Brooklyn Property Management Blog of ProRealty

Common HOA house rules

Condo owners and tenants must be familiar with the common HOA house rules in the building. The house rule regulates everyday activity inside the building. And this set of rules is the essential piece for a harmonious relationship between neighbors.

The condominium board of directors is the one who creates the condo house rules, which mainly covers the day-to-day life in the building. Common HOA house rules or condo building associations usually cover the utilization of frequent factors shared by all owners, such as the hallway, roof deck, and basement storage. Few also cover selling or renting the condo unit. It is written more informally, unlike the more formal bylaws.  ProRealty, a Brooklyn-based property management company that specializes in managing Homeowner Association communities assists the Board by providing a template for House Rules.

Here are some of the common HOA house rules for condo buildings.

Residential unit’s public or common area

 It contains the use of walkways and lawns. The unit owner shall not cause any blockage at the entryway and hallways.  Keep the hallway doors always close except for entry and exit only.

Disturbing action

You won’t be able to use musical instruments, a radio, a TV, a receiver, or other tools that make loud noises that shouldn’t come from your unit because of the rules of your condo association. It will hinder unit owners from agitating each further peace and relaxation.  “Quiet Hours” are also a common rule found in many By-Laws.

Children’s activity

Prohibit children from playing in the hallways, stairways, or elevators. Most condo buildings have designated areas for children’s activities. There is also a scheduled time and day for this place to do such recreational activities for kids. Riding a bike in the parking lot is not allowed. 

Pets and animals

Several condo associations inhibit raising and keeping the animals altogether; there are only allow dogs, cats, caged birds, and fish. Letting these pets have strict rules in keeping them. Some pets will keep on a restraint to not roam around in the hallways or go to other units. It will also require the pet owner to vaccinate their pets and hold on to a grip for any damage they will cause.

Garbage disposal

Most associations tell unit owners to keep their trash inside their unit and only take it out on the days that trash is picked up. This house rule makes it hard to get rid of large amounts of trash, like a mattress or old appliances. Instead of putting it out on the days, it’s supposed to be picked up, the owner of the unit must make plans with a trash removal company approved by the condo association..


The condo association will decide how many parking spots each unit owner gets, as well as where you can park your car. The condo association may use a registration process to make sure that the unit owners follow the parking rules. Some places do this by giving out parking stickers, while others use parking management software to do it without paper. And there is a separate rule for guest parking spots.

Prohibition of explosives and combustible materials

Unit owners should restrict the usage of any flammable materials or explosive chemicals or substances.

Unit maintenance

A unit owner must keep their unit clean and in good condition. They should not throw any dirt or substance into the hallways, elevators, and elsewhere in the building. They should not situate any blockage on the hallways or windows.

Managing a homeowner association is not just like a walk in the park. It requires a rigorous implementation of house rules, and you will need to validate these rules from time to time.

Pro Realty manages every homeowner association with these three property management approaches to modernize, enrich, and protect each property. Pro Realty can handle day-to-day operations, perform ongoing maintenance duties, and interrelate with the residents. We offer our clients financial openness, comprehensive management, dynamic maintenance, and, most importantly, peace of mind.

If you would like to receive a House Rules Template which includes typical house rules, send us an email with the request “House Rules” as the subject to support@prorealtymanager.com


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