Boston condo buyers: 3 common condo association rules

Are you looking at Boston condos for sale?  Or have you just purchased a Boston condo for sale?  If so,  you’ll find out very quickly that your condo association has numerous rules regarding what you can and cannot do, each Boston condo association has its own rules regarding the property. I’ve found that these 3 Boston condo association rules are the most common.

Rule for common areas

Common areas such as common roof deck, lobby area and if you live in a Boston high rise condo would include; pool, outdoor space ect., have guidelines you must follow. In general the condo association requires you to be respectful and considerate to your neighborhoods. In other words, don’t leave a mess or make loud noises in the common areas of the building.

Pet restrictions

Many Boston condo buildings restrict pets from entering the building or have a weight restrictions on pets. I know in my neighborhood of Beacon Hill many condo buildings will allow cats but not dogs. Bottom line if you have a pet make sure you and your lawyer read the condominium documents before placing an offer on that Beacon Hill condo or Boston high rise condo.

Restrictions on renting

It’s common for Boston condo buildings to put a restriction on renting your condo. Recently, a new law that will take place in 2019 will prevent many Boston condo owners to rent out to Airbnb clients. One major concern that Boston condo owners have on renting out units in a condominium building is that a high percentage of renters can make it difficult for new Boston condo buyer to obtain a loan. Banks do not like over 50% being rental units.


If you’re interested in buying a Beacon Hill condo, Boston high rise condo, or your first time Boston condo buyer, please contact us at 617-595-3712 I or my staff will be happy to assist your in your real estate needs.

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John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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