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Lpaige, Home Buyer in 10027

Can I install Window Screens in Jersey City condo?

Asked by Lpaige, 10027 Sun May 23, 2010

I've toured several new condo developments that have no window screens. When I asked one sales person if I could install my own, she said that it was against city regulation. However, I've seen other developments with window screens. Has anyone heard of such a law? I really like a couple of units but I don't want bugs flying into my apt.

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Getting bugs flying in can be annoying. I have lived in a couple of places that don't have screens and it was a pain. I would suggest getting them installed as long as there is nothing stopping you from doing it.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 17, 2014
I don't understand why you couldn't. If I were you, I would call a window installation company and see if they can help you with what you need. They will be able to tell you if you're allowed to install window screens and what would be best for your condo. Good luck and I hope everything works out for you! http://www.aladdinsglass.com/commercial-glass---storefront.html
Flag Tue Feb 10, 2015
Hi LPaige,

This is an excellent question. There are no city ordinances preventing the installation of window screens in Jersey City. There are, however, bylaws for individual condominium associations. While rare, I have seen bylaws prohibiting window screens because the condominium seeks to maintain a uniform look.

Your real estate agent should be able to confirm this information for you rather easily. If you don't have an agent yet, I'd be more than happy to assist you.

Hope this helps, and best of luck!

Best Regards,

Jonny Lowell-Mazzye
Joseph A Del Forno, Inc.
917.284.0826
jonny@delfornorealestate.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Nov 12, 2013
Lpaige,

Find a creative solution. Relative to the cost of your purchase you can have a custom screen made inexpesively and added to the inside of the window, or windows.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 24, 2010
Lpaige,

I believe several of the newer high-rise buildings in downtown Jersey City (Trump Plaza, 77 Hudson, Crystal Point) do not allow screens for several reasons.

1. If a screen accidentally fell out of one of the windows from 40+ stories up, it could hurt someone. I've seen screen fall out of condo buildings that are 6 stories tall. This may be the reason the City is not allowing it.

2. The architects may have opted against it for style & design purposes.

If there is a restriction in a building, it should state it in the master deed & bi-laws of the condo association.

Even if you put them in yourself, I think you may run into an issue with the condo association because many buildings wants the windows to appear uniform throughout.

Please let me know if you have any additional questions. I'll be happy to assist.

Sincerely,

--
Walter J. Burns
Realtor-Associate
Weichert Realtors
Hoboken, NJ
201-653-8488 Ext: 230
201-694-8946 Mobile
http://www.livingonthehudson.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun May 23, 2010
Two factors to consider:

(1) Any city regulations. I've never heard of any city regulations banning window screens, but they could exist somewhere. Next time an agent says it's against city regulations, ask the agent to cite the specific regulations.

(2) Condo regulations. This is far more likely to be a barrier to window screen installation. Check the condo documents and see if they either explicitly permit or explicitly ban window screens. I'm not a lawyer, so this isn't legal advice. However, if they either permit screens or are silent on that issue, you should be OK in installing them. If they forbid window screens, then you can't install them without getting the condo regulations changed.

Your concern about bugs flying into your apartment is legitimate. So, first try to pin down whether, for some reason, the city doesn't allow them. Again, ask any agent claiming that to cite you the specific city regulation. (It's possible there is one, but I really doubt it.) Beyond that, check the condo regulations.

Hope that helps.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun May 23, 2010
I agree, it sounds like a condo regulation-- not a city one. If the condo has a legitimate reason not to allow them, then that's one thing. But I think screens are helpful and relatively inexpensive to install. If your condo doesn't allow them, I'd see if you can petition to change that. http://www.bondssecurity.com.au
Flag Sat Mar 21, 2015
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