To a certain extent, bylaws are a necessity in condominiums because the condominium lifestyle generally means that a large number of people will be living in very close proximity to one another. As such, bylaws and rules are needed to ensure that owners don't encroach on someone else’s space.
However, bylaws and rules can be much more than a list of procedures and restrictions; they can be the foundation upon which a sense of community can be built. In essence they become the standards of the community. Standards that each member of the community will be expected to live up to and, in turn, can expect all of the other members of the community to abide by. A carefully considered and properly drafted set of community standards will benefit the members of the community by providing them with: certainty, guidance, order, safety and security, individual freedom and an equitable sharing of common areas.
All too often condominium Boards lose sight of the true purpose of having a good set of bylaws or rules and enact them for the wrong reasons causing turmoil within the community. In the following notes we will review a step by step approach to developing a good set of community standards.