Are You Searching for a Low Maintenance Lifestyle in Venice?
The lifestyle in a condominium is somehow unique, and maybe that is the lifestyle you are looking for. It can be easy, luxurious, or relaxing at the same time. No maintenance tasks, almost no responsibilities - only pure relaxation is awaiting you. Condos are for those who want to focus on other aspects of life instead of never-ending garden work and pool or roof repairs.
Many condos come with a variety of top of the line amenities. At least are a heated pool with spa, fitness studio, sauna and private elevator are standard for higher-end condos. High-end condos offer even more than that. But everything comes with a price to pay. Not everybody is willing and able to spend $800 a month.. or even more. Fortunately, there are many condos available where the monthly fee is in a more moderate range.
Spectacular views over Sarasota Bay
Breathtaking sunsets, walking distance to dining, shopping, and cultural venues are also often part of the condo deal.
The rules of most condominium association are quite simple: no noise, no trucks. Sometimes you can have a grill on the lanai; sometimes that is not permitted at all. Some association requires the use of an electric grill; some have designated areas whee you can have your barbecue session.
Pets and Condominiums are like Fire and Water
Some Condo Communities have a strict "no pet" rule in place. Some permit one dog (small to medium size) and one cat. Very few are so liberal that they do not care about the number or weight of the pets. When you are a pet owner, and you are aiming for a condo you need to find out if your furry friend is welcome or not. In most cases renters are not allowed to bring their four-legged friend. We specialize in pet friendly condo communities and can help you a great deal do find the communities and neighborhoods you can bring your pets. We just need to know the number, weight and height and we do the rest. You may read more here and if you have any further question please call us at 941-460-8832.
The only place where you can get a correct answer is the Bylaws of the Condominium Association. Read them carefully and do not believe that you can change the rules later. You can't! It may not be easy to get the majority of the condo-owners on your side if you want to change some rules - and a majority vote is needed.
As aforementioned, for dogs, there are often weight and breed restrictions in place. Dogs typically need to be approved by the condo association, and sometimes a vet has to state the weight of the dog if in doubt. Pit Bulls and Doberman are most likely excluded from the approved list. Forget about your pet anaconda or your pet tarantula also, although they make beautiful pets. They newer bark.
No Renters, please
The second serious conflict arises when a future condo owner wants to offset some costs by renting the place short term to tourists. Many condo associations do not like short term renters. They tend to cause more trouble because they do not care about the overall picture of the condo complex.
So, many condo associations allow only a certain number of rentals per year (2, 3 or 4), some associations permit only a specified duration per stay (minimum of 4 weeks, etc.), and quite a few associations say "thank you, no rentals at all." You cannot change those rules. You go by them, or you are in serious trouble.
Buying a condo can be a "different" experience
Condo owners share the common ground and the amenities. They own a fraction of the building, and they are responsible for their portion of the maintenance and the safety as well. They have to pay a part of the building insurances, and a part of the community taxes.
Condominiums with 50 - 100 homeowners are considered "medium size condos." That size is very common. They are either located in one big building or spread out in several detached buildings. Larger condo complexes with more than 100 units are not so common.
Different Ideas, different Problems
One significant difference between a single family home community and a condo community is that the homeowners live relatively close together and share many areas of the compound. Because everybody has different ideas, opinions and different lifestyles, and this can sometimes be the cause of some stress.
How can you avoid that different ideas and lifestyles don't end up in chaos? Right, only a set of strict rules that is defining what you can do and what you can not do. When the condo rules are carefully worded and when they are covering as many contingencies as possible, there should not be too much room for interpretation. It will reduce the stress between the condo owners significantly.
Enforcement is High Priority
However, when there are more than three people in the same spot, there is usually already one person who may try to circumvent some of the "nastier" rules stated in the covenants. Therefore, Homeowners Associations need to be very strict in enforcing those rules. Otherwise, the whole system will soon become obsolete. Although, this does not fix the human relations within such a close-knit environment. If your neighbor is a "strange" person, no rule says how to "fix" that person.
Before buying a condo: It is paramount to study the rules and regulations carefully before you sign a contract. If you don't like the restrictions that are put down in the documents, you better look for a condo unit with fewer limitations or a single family home/villa/townhouse.
Most likely you will not be able to change the rules
Don't move in and bet on changing those rules. It is not easy to change rules that effect only a few people. For example: if you are the only person who wants to park his RV in front of the building and all other 99 condo owners do not even have one, it will be very hard - or impossible - to establish a majority to change the parking restrictions. You will be better off looking for a condominium where RV parking is allowed.