E.B. from Macomb County, Michigan writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
Bought a condo two years ago, it has a deck but no roof on any of the deck. I would like to put a dining canopy on my deck, it would be seasonal and come down in the winter. The rules mention being able to have seasonal furniture on the deck. Would the dining canopy qualify?
Mister Condo replies:
E.B., while the outdoor canopy sounds ideal, I can’t say that I think it would qualify as furniture, season or other. The Board or Architectural Control Committee would probably tell you to remove it if you install it as it is an alteration to the building exterior. The problem with allowing the canopy is it opens a Pandora’s Box for the association. If one is allowed, soon many will appear. Over time, many would become an eyesore as colors fade, materials deteriorate, etc.. You can always ask the Board if you can install a seasonal canopy but my experience tells me they will not likely approve it. Many condo owners use large umbrellas that can easily be taken down or folded up after use. That may be a better way for you to go. What do your neighbors do? You might be able to follow their lead. Good luck!