My condo association says i can not rent my unit. i have to own it for one year before i can rent it out. Can i let someone live there rent free?
You need to review your condominium association's bylaws to determine what they do and don't allow. Upon purchasing your condominium, presumably you were given a copy of the bylaws and since you purchased, you are presumed to have accepted and agreed to them.
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My colleague is absolutely right. The rules and regulations of your condo association (just like an HOA or a lease) control whether you can have such a "guest" stay in you unit. Some have restrictions on the number of nights a "guest" can stay in a row in your condo without condo association written approval.
Read the bylaws. If they say you have to live there for a year, then you have to live there for a year.
If they say you can't let a tenant live there, then you probably can't let an occupant live there and claim that they are not paying rent. No one is going to believe that.
Take the condo bylaws to a lawyer and have them review it.
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