When Can I Hold a Yard Sale at my Condo?

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H.S. from Windham County writes:

Dear Mister Condo,

Is there a certain person I need to ask to have a yard sale, or am I allowed to have one whenever? The tenants next door and across the street have had yard sales a few months ago, and I would like to have one by the end of summer

Mister Condo replies:

H.S., while the rules vary by condo, generally speaking, condo associations don’t allow unit owners to hold their own yard sales. In fact, many condo associations don’t allow them at all. That may not be the case in your condominium so you should definitely seek permission before advertising or setting up for a yard sale. You mention that nearby neighbors held a yard sale a few months ago. You can ask them how it is that there yard sale came to be. My guess is that the entire community is allowed one weekend out of the year for such an event and you missed this year’s event. You should definitely inquire with a person of authority. Ideally, you should ask a property manager or someone on the Board of Directors. You might also wish to consult your condo docs as to what rules or prohibitions are in place regarding yard sales. Once you have the proper permission you can go ahead and plan your event. Without the proper permission, you could face fines and the disdain of neighbors and your community. Hardly worth it just to make a few bucks at a yard sale. Happy Selling!

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