Homeowners Association

HOUSE RULES-COUNCIL OF UNIT OWNERS-CANTON COVE
CONDOMINIUM, INC.

(as Amended & Approved September 11, 2014)

PREAMBLE

We achieve the desirable living conditions we enjoy at the Canton Cove Condominium through cooperation, good will and recognition of the rights that contribute to the well-being of all Canton Cove Condominium Association members. The Canton Cove Condominium House Rules are designed to foster and protect harmonious living conditions; to ensure the comfort, safety and security of everyone who lives in or visits Canton Cove Condominium; and to protect condominium property.

These House Rules apply to the following: unit owners; tenants and all other unit occupants, including children and animals; and all visitors to Canton Cove Condominium,   including children and animals. The following Rules refer to unit owners as 􀀃Owners,􀀄 to tenants and all other unit occupants as 􀀃Others,􀀄 and to animals as 􀀃Pets.􀀄 In all cases, Owners and Others are responsible for ensuring their visitors (including visiting pets) comply with these Rules. The term 􀀃Condominium􀀄 when used herein refers to the Canton Cove Condominium building (interior and exterior spaces), grounds, parking lots and garage.

Please familiarize yourself with these House Rules. Ignorance of the House Rules does not constitute a valid excuse for breaking any Rule. The Council of Unit Owners has the right to enforce the House Rules. The Council of Unit Owners has the exclusive right to resolve any discrepancies in these Rules, and to rule on any infraction of such Rules. Such determinations will be binding on all unit Owners and Others on Canton Cove property. The Council of Unit Owners is not liable for damages in violation of the Rules or otherwise caused by Owners, Others, or their Pets.

 

HOUSE RULES

1. Passageways: Common sidewalks, entrances, passages, courts, halls, elevators, vestibules, corridors and stairways of Condominium property may not be obstructed or used for any purpose other than ingress and egress from units in the building.

2. Halls and Staircases: No articles may be placed in any of the halls, staircases, or landings of the Condominium property. Doormats are to be placed inside the unit. Fire exits may not be obstructed in any manner. Children may not play in the halls, staircases, landings, elevators, lobbies, or any of the exterior common areas (except as such area is designated by the Board of Directors) without adult supervision.

3. Carts and hand trucks: Carts and hand trucks are provided for Owners and Others to use and must be returned to the service elevator lobby immediately after use. They are not to be left in halls, units or elevators.

4. Decorations: Owners and Others may not decorate or furnish any common area of the Condominium building, such as halls or elevator lobbies. However, door knockers and decorative wreaths may be installed/hung on the doors of individual units.

5. Cleanliness: Owners and Others must keep their units, balconies/patios, and any storage spaces in good repair and cleanliness. Owners and Others may not sweep, throw or hose cigarettes butts, trash, dirt or other substances from balconies, patios, doorways or windows. Proper disposal consists of vacuuming debris from balconies/patios or sweeping it into a trash bag. Owners and Others are reminded to use courtesy when they water outdoor plants by avoiding water overflow.

6. Alterations: Unless specifically approved in writing by the Canton Cove Condominium Board of Directors or by the Architectural Standards Committee appointed thereby pursuant to Article IX of the by-laws:

(a) Owners or Others may not alter exterior components of the Condominium building including, but not limited to: railings, roof, water-proofing, membranes, insulations, caulk, windows, doors, synthetic plaster, stucco material, masonry, pavers, precast or wood decks, structural steel, coping, architectural metal, flashing, gutters, and downspouts.

(b) No awnings or projections except those approved or installed by the original developer may be attached to any exterior or common elements of the Condominium building. Awnings may be installed after approval by the Board of Directors.

(c) No blinds, shades, screens, attachments or contrivances of any kind shall be attached to or hung on the exterior of any door or window of any unit, except door knockers or wreaths as provided in paragraph 4 above.

(d) Except as may be permitted by applicable Federal law or regulations, Owners or Others may not install or use any radio aerial or television aerial other than the center television aerial or cable. All television sets shall be connected by a qualified electronics service to avoid damage to the master TV aerial or cable or sets belonging to other Owners. Small satellite cable dishes are permitted, to the extent required by applicable law.

(e) Owners or Others may not alter the structural elements of the Condominium building, including steel, concrete, joists, decking, sub-flooring, and wood and metal mezzanine decking.

(f) Owners or Others may not alter the common elements or limited common elements of the building beyond the boundaries of their unit, such as, but not limited to, walls, ceilings, flooring, hallways, stairwells between units, walls of pipe and electrical riser shafts, elevator shafts, flues, chimneys and electrical, gas, plumbing, mechanical or sprinkler systems.

(g) Within the boundaries of a unit, Owners or Others may not alter the working components, glass, frame, insulation or weather-proofing of any door or window, the fireplace walls, insulation, flues or chimneys, or the electrical, gas, plumbing, HVAC, mechanical or sprinkler systems without the prior written consent of the Board of Directors or such person or body as the Board of Directors may designate. All plans to make any such alterations must be submitted to the Board for approval before any such work is undertaken.

7. Electrical Equipment & Utilities: All radio, television and electrical equipment installed or used in any unit must fully comply with all rules, regulations, requirements or recommendations of the local Board of Fire Underwriters and the public authority having jurisdiction. Each Owner will be liable for any damage or injury caused by any radio, television, or other electrical equipment in such Owner􀀂s unit. All utility services furnished to or used in the residential units must be for residential purposes only, and all utility services furnished to or used in the non-residential units must be for the operation of normal office equipment and normal commercial or office operation only.

8. Noise Restrictions: Owners and Others (including Pets) and their visitors may not make disturbing noise in any of the halls, elevators, vestibules, lobbies, stairways, rooftop, balconies/patios, or while on any of the Condominium􀀂s exterior property (except as such area shall be designated by the Board of Directors.) No Owners or Others may do or permit to be done therein anything that interferes with the rights, comforts or conveniences of other Canton Cove residents. Owners or Others may not play or permit the playing of any musical instrument, or operate or permit the operation of any audio device in their units between the hours of 11 P.M. and 7 A.M., if it disturbs or annoys other Owners or Others of the Condominium building. These restrictions apply to Pet sounds, such as barking.

9. Pet Policies:

(a) A unit* may harbor no more than: two (2) dogs, OR two (2) cats, OR one (1) dog and one (1) cat; aquarium fish; and two (2) caged birds. With the exception of the foregoing, no other animal is permitted to be kept or harbored in the Condominium building, including visiting pets.

* Note: In House Rule 9.a. 􀀂unit􀀃 means a single apartment as currently configured 􀀁 i.e., two former apartments that have been re-configured into one apartment is considered to be one 􀀂unit􀀃.

(b) Owners and Others are reminded that Maryland law holds dog owners responsible for the aggressive behavior of their dogs, regardless of breed. Canton Cove Condominium will hold Owners responsible for the behavior of any Pet occupying or visiting their unit, including Pets owned by Others who occupy their unit and those of visitors to their units. This includes, but is not limited to: controlling animal sounds, such as barking, because they disturb others; controlling a Pet􀀂s behavior such that it is not perceived as a danger by other people or animals; cleaning up any soiling of Canton Cove property by Pets (e.g., hallways, elevators, lobby, entry ways, staircases, etc.); and taking responsibility for keeping Pets out of landscaped areas on Canton Cove grounds.

(c) No rottweilers, pit bulls or pit bull mixes are allowed to be harbored or kept in Canton Cove Condominium (excepting such dogs that are living in the Condominium as of the date of acceptance of these Rules.)

(d) Owners and Others must maintain their residences, including balconies and patios, halls, stairways, elevators, lobbies, and all Condominium common areas and exterior property by cleaning up any Pet waste, such as urine, feces, and vomit immediately after their Pets foul. It is particularly important to maintain balconies and patios free of Pet waste in a way that does not attract vermin such as rats or raccoons and does not offend other Canton Cove residents. Regardless of who owns the Pet, whether it is a unit Owner, one owned by Others in the unit, or by a visitor to the unit, the unit Owner will be held responsible for the cleanliness of their unit, and any injury or damage caused by a Pet while at the Canton Cove Condominium building or on Canton Cove Condominium property.

(e) In no event is any Pet permitted on any of the common areas of the Condominium building and grounds unless it is carried or on a leash.

(f) All Pets shall be properly licensed, registered and vaccinated according to local law.

(g) The Board of Directors will oversee a Canton Cove Pet Committee to be composed of five (5) Owners, one (1) of whom must be a Board member and four (4) of whom may or may not be Board members. Membership in the Pet Committee is voluntary with Board approval of each member. Any complaints about Pets should be submitted in the first instance to the Pet Committee which will attempt to resolve the matter of the complaint. If representatives of the Pet Committee are unable to resolve the matter, the Pet Committee will bring the matter to the attention of the Board of Directors. The Board may then follow its discretion in resolving the matter including the levying of fines as described herein. See rule number 26, Rules Enforcement, below.

 

10. Water Issues: Toilets and other water apparatuses (e.g., hot water heaters, washing machines, air conditioners, pipes, etc.) in any unit may not be used for any purposes other than those for which they were designed; nor shall any sweepings, rubbish, rags or any other article be thrown into same. Owners and Others must maintain their toilets and other water apparatuses in good repair so as not to cause damage outside of their units. Owners whose toilets or other water apparatuses cause damage in other units and/or the Condominium building, including common areas, are responsible for payment of the cost of any repairs incurred as a result.

11. Deliveries: All food deliveries must be picked up at the front desk by the Owner or Other who ordered the food. Owners and Others must notify the front desk staff of any scheduled furniture or other delivery of large items and must escort delivery personnel to their unit.

12. Parking: Parking areas are provided solely for parking Owners􀀂 and Others􀀂 personal automobiles, motorcycles and small trucks. At their discretion, Owners and Others may allow their contractors to park in their spaces during the allotted work hours of 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, or for emergency work during other hours. Owners and Others may also allow their guests to park in their assigned spaces. Commercial vehicles, water craft, trailers, campers and non-passenger vehicles are excluded. All vehicles parked on Condominium property must have valid government registrations displayed. Vehicles belonging to Owners or Others may not be parked in such a manner as to impede or prevent ready access to any entrance to or exit from the Condominium property by another vehicle. Owners and Others are required to park in their assigned spaces. All vehicles must fit within the painted lines of their assigned parking space. Vehicles are restricted to front-in parking around landscaped and common areas. Parking at the Boston Street entrance to the Condominium building is restricted to the posted limit. Owners may not rent parking spaces to anyone who does not reside within the Condominium. All excluded vehicles and those parked in a manner not consistent with these Rules will be towed away at the unit Owner’s expense. No major repairs to automobiles (e.g., any repairs in which there is a possibility of leaking oil or other fluids) can be done in the Condominium parking areas.

13. Exterior Appearance: Clothing, including towels and bedding, may not be dried on or aired from any balcony, deck, patio, or the exterior common elements of the Condominium building. Window treatments that are visible from outside the Condominium building must be white or off-white, or be lined with white or off-white.

14. Trash: All Owners and Others must observe the following procedures with respect to trash rooms and chutes:

(a) do not use trash chutes before 7 a.m. or after 11 p.m.;

(b) wrap dust, floor, and powdered waste in compact packages before depositing into chute;

(c) thoroughly drain and wrap in paper or plastic all garbage before depositing into chute;

 

(d) do not force large bundles into the chute; and

(e) do not deposit waste of an explosive nature or fire hazard into the chute. Oversize trash (i.e., household trash that cannot be bagged or fit down the trash chute) must be left near the recycling bin and must not obstruct parking spaces. Cardboard boxes must be broken down and folded before being placed in the recycling bin. Bulk trash, such as appliances, must be placed neatly in the hallway inside the Linwood Avenue double doors.

15. Fire Hazards and Grills: Owners and Others may not at any time take any flammable, combustible, or explosive fluid, material, chemical or substance, into their units, except those products intended for normal household use. The use of grills is permitted on balconies, decks, and patios, subject to provisions by the Baltimore City Fire Department Bureau. Devices prohibited by Baltimore City include: propane-fired devices, flammable liquids, and charcoal-burning grills in excess of 24 inches in diameter. Those who are grilling must use either self-starting charcoal, a 􀀃charcoal chimney􀀄 or electrically operated starters. Owners will be responsible for any damage to the Condominium building resulting from the use of any grills.

16. Washing Cars: Automobiles may be washed only at either end of the garage, outside of the building, and away from landscaped areas. Such washing areas are provided for passenger vehicles only. Owners and Others are expected to use courtesy when washing cars, such as not spraying water on other cars and moving their cars from the designated washing area as soon as washing is completed.

17. Solicitations: Placing business communications and solicitations at the doors of the units or in the lobby message boxes is prohibited.

18. Smoking: All common areas of the Condominium building, including the rooftop deck, are designated non-smoking areas.

19. Roof: The roof deck is a common area that is available for the enjoyment of Owners and Others, and their guests. It is subject to maximum capacity limits posted by the Baltimore City Fire Prevention Bureau. The roof deck may not be reserved, and it may not be used for private parties that restrict access by other Condominium residents. The conduct of guests who use the roof deck is the responsibility of the host Owner or Other. The following are strictly prohibited on the roof: throwing anything; using roof areas outside of the deck and the walkway leading to the deck; children unaccompanied by adults; transporting outdoor grills to the roof; glass containers; disturbing noises between the hours of 11 P.M. and 7 A.M.; and music or amplified sound at any time. Persons using the roof deck must be mindful and considerate of those living below the roof deck and those whose units are exposed to sights and sounds from the roof deck.

20. Boardroom: The boardroom, located near the lobby, is available for the use of Owners or Others; however, the Board of Directors and committees of the Board of Directors will have priority use of the space over other users. Reservations of the boardroom will be coordinated by the front desk staff. If any food or drinks are to be served or consumed in the boardroom, there will be a $50 cleaning deposit, which must be paid in advance.

21. Moves: All moves must be scheduled to occur Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 A.M. and 6 P.M. (Saturday moves will be scheduled only if Friday is unavailable.) Sunday and holiday moves are prohibited. The front desk must be notified at least 10 days prior to any move to reserve and prepare the freight elevator. The front desk schedules moves on a first-come, first-served basis. All moves into the building require a $200 move-in fee which covers services provided upon both move-in and move-out. The move-in fee is payable before the move-in date, in the form of a check made out to the Canton Cove Condominium Association. An elevator key will not be released until the move-in fee is paid. Unit Owners who rent their units are responsible for ensuring that their tenants adhere to all House Rules on moving. Any damage is the responsibility of the unit Owner and any tenant who is moving.

22. Leases: Any unit lease agreement must include an addendum in the form and content of Exhibit A, which is attached to and incorporated into the House Rules.

23. Contractors House Rules: Owners & Others who contract work of three (3) or more working days must ensure their contractors abide by the following:

(a) Before any work can commence Owners must ensure that the following are delivered to the front desk: a security deposit check of two hundred dollars ($200) and a non-refundable check of one hundred dollars ($100), both payable to the Canton Cove Condominium Association. Contractors must also complete a Construction Project Sheet and obtain a copy of the Owners and Contractors House Rules.

(b) Once the work is completed and the contractor has removed all equipment, materials, and debris, and has cleaned up any common areas impacted by the construction, the building supervisor or the Association’s Management Agent will conduct an inspection. If there is no damage or clean-up cost attributable to the contractor or its employees, agent, etc., the $200 security deposit will be returned. The cost of any repairs or clean-up will be deducted from the deposit.

25. Building Access Points: For security purposes, the door to the freight elevator lobby must be kept closed at all times. When entering or exiting the building through any door (i.e., lobbies and/or stairwells), all persons are to ensure that the door is closed and latched behind them. Vehicles may not be left unattended in the vicinity of the freight elevator lobby.

26. Rules Enforcement: The Board of Directors may enforce compliance with the House Rules by imposing fines or suspending an Owner􀀂s voting rights. On a case by case basis, the Board may use other enforcement means that it determines are appropriate. Other means may include, but are not limited to, legal action in the case of a violation outlined in the Association By-Laws, Rules Section 6.13 E Rules of Conduct. The Board of Directors may impose fines for each violation from $25.00 per day, to a maximum of $400.00 per violation.

The Board of Directors may also seek recompense for repair costs from owners of Pets who cause damage to common areas (e.g., carpet in the elevators.) Repeated violations of Pet Policies (see paragraph 9 above) may result in banishment of the Pet(s) from the Canton Cove Condominium.

27. Emergency Access to Units: Authorized agents of the Board of Directors or the Association􀀂s Management Agent, and any contractor or workman authorized by the Board of Directors or the Association􀀂s Management Agent, are authorized to enter any unit at any reasonable time, with advance notice to the resident, for the purpose of accomplishing emergency repairs, conducting inspections, or correcting violations pursuant to the Declaration and By-Laws of the Condominium. The unit Owner is responsible for providing the Association􀀂s Management Agent with a key to the door of the unit, and, if a key is not provided, the door may be broken if an emergency arises and the Board of Directors or the Association􀀂s Management Agent determines it is necessary to enter the unit. Such action will be at the unit Owner􀀂s sole expense and risk.

 

OWNERS AND CONTRACTORS HOUSE RULES

1. Work hours are 8:00 a.m. 􀀁 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday 􀀁 No weekends or holidays.

2. Contractors and owners are responsible for the prompt removal from the Canton Cove property of all construction materials and demolition debris generated from the job.

3. Contractors must use the freight elevator for transporting supplies, materials and equipment. Any in-house carts used are to be returned to the freight elevator lobby immediately. Security doors are not to be left propped open.

4. Front desk personnel must be notified of any scheduled deliveries of equipment and/or supplies.

5. Hallways must be kept clean and clear of debris. Complete clean-up at the end of each working day is required.

6. No work is to be performed on sprinkler equipment or gas lines without FIRST gaining permission from the Condominium Association􀀂s Management Agent. Any questions regarding the Contractors House Rules, please contact: Mr. Terrell Boyette, Building Superintendent