Balcony etiquette

This month Liam R. from Toronto writes “I’ve recently moved into a suite with a great balcony. I can’t wait to use it but want to be clear on the rules. Can you please point me to a list of  do’s and don’ts so I can get the most of my outdoor space while being considerate of my neighbours?

Thanks for your question Liam, and welcome to the community! It’s great that you’re looking to be considerate of your neighbours and the rules of your building. Here are a few simple guidelinesto help you enjoy your balcony:

  • Avoid sweeping debris onto the units below when cleaning your balcony.
  • When planting, please make sure flower boxes are inside the railing and avoid overwatering.
  • If smoking is permitted, be mindful of where your smoke goes and never throw anything, especially cigarette butts, off your balcony.
  • Propane and charcoal barbecues are not allowed on balconies.
  • If you have a pet, please don’t leave it unattended on the balcony and avoid grooming activities that could create a mess. Please refrain your pet from using the balcony to relieve themselves.
  • Birdhouses and birdfeeders are not allowed, and feeding wildlife is discouraged.
  • Be mindful of noise levels, especially when entertaining.
  • Please don’t hang your laundry or store bicycles on your balcony, and avoid using screens to enclose your balcony.
  • Only seasonal patio furniture is allowed, and it should be secured to prevent it from blowing away in strong winds.

Following these guidelines will make ‘Life up Here’ better for everyone. Enjoy your outdoor space!

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