The process of purchasing a home is both exciting and stressful. For well-prepared residential real estate buyers, the hope is that the everything goes as smoothly as possible and that come closing day, they can finally breathe easy.
While the steps leading up to the home purchase are important, so are the responsibilities that come after all the papers have been signed and the dust begins to settle. In Calgary, there are a range of bylaws that property owners must respect to avoid facing fines. From keeping your porch tidy to trimming the lawn on a regular basis, a little knowledge goes a long way in keeping the community happy.
A Homeowner’s Responsibilities
According to Calgary’s Community Standards Bylaw, property owners have a responsibility to keep their stairs, fences, decks, porches, and balconies in a state of good repair. Failing to do so may result in a fine of $100 to $300. The bylaw defines ‘good repair’ as being free from significant damage, missing parts, deterioration, or other indications of poor maintenance.
Other bylaws that residential property owners need to be aware of include:
- Addresses must be visible from the road and clearly displayed
- Graffiti must be removed or painted over
- Grass and other herbaceous plants must not exceed 15cm in height
- Snow and ice must be cleared from pathways and sidewalks within 24 hours of the snowfall ending
- Loose garbage, bottles, cans, packaging materials, and other litter must be stored so that they are not visible from outside of the property
- Weeds must be controlled so that they do not spread to other properties
New homeowners have a lot on their plate without having to worry about bylaw violations. While many of the bylaws fall under the category of common sense, it can help to have experienced legal help if there are any concerns. Working with a skilled residential real estate lawyer throughout the process can help mitigate potential problems, freeing up time to enjoy home ownership.