⁉️ FAQs (Frequently asked questions)
Who owns the Grantham E building and property, including surrounding grass and parking lot?
The Grantham E property, including surrounding grass and parking lot, is divided in 72 shares (1 proportional share per unit), and owned by all condo owners of the Grantham E Association,
What is the value of our property?
How is the annual budget set every year?
As of 2022, a newly created Finances Advisory Committee meets to review the current budget and to provide feedbacks, suggestions and recommendations to the Board of Directors in preparing the next Budget. Subsequently, the Board of Directors with the assistance from Seacrest and professional assistance if required, draft a proposed budget. A formal Budget meeting is then set, usually in the Fall of each year, where owners are invited to attend, ask questions and comment. At that meeting the Budget is formally adopted by a vote from the Board of Directors. This vote is solely the responsibility of Directors. The owners don’t vote on the budget.
How can I participate in the management and upkeep of the property without being on the Board?
All owners are encouraged to actively participate in the affairs of the property. Here are five different ways you can help out without being on the Board:
- First and foremost, by attending meetings and participating in social events.
- Second, you may chose to represent Grantham E and volunteer to become a Director on COOCVE
- Third, you may chose to be an active and on-going participant and volunteer on Committees in the implementation of the different events, projects or tasks initiated by the Board.
- Fourth, you may chose to help only on a specific event, project or task.
- Fifth, you’re always welcome to share with any Board Director your comments and suggestions to positively improve the Grantham E property and/or community life.
Are Board members paid for their work?
How do I make a complaint?
Most problems are often for minor stuff and easily resolved between neighbours, without any involvement from any Board Director. We encourage the owners to talk to each other to find common ground for solutions. If the problem persists or no resolution is achieved then you may want to involve the Board. If the problem is serious in nature and requires more than just a verbal and/or negotiated agreement, the Board may require a full and complete written complaint from the complainant, in order to support any legal matters that may ensue as a result.
Do I need to inform the Board prior to renovating my unit?
Yes, you need to inform and obtain written approval from the Board by completing and submitting to the Grantham E Architectural Review Committee, an Architectural Review Application form before initiating any renovation projects, such as but not limited to:
- Renovation projects such as kitchen & bathroom remodelling;
- Knocking down walls and floor plan reconfiguration;
- Plumbing such as changing water heaters, toilets, sinks, showers & tubs;
- Electricity such as changing electric panels & ACs;
- Installing doors, windows, hurricane shutters and enclosing balconies;
- Mold remediation works (i.e. drywall removal)
In addition, a Florida Licensed & Insured Contractor must be hired, and a permit from the City of Deerfield Beach must be obtained prior starting any work, including demolition. Failing to obtain appropriate permits on any of the above actions may result in serious financial and/or legal consequences.
These projects only require written Board approval:
- Installing hard surface floor on 2nd, 3rd & 4th floor;
- Installing a communication dish or devices;
- Changing the front door lock.
You don’t need to inform the Board nor do you require a permit to redecorate your interior, such as changing curtains, furnitures, picture frames or even applying a new coat of paint or wallpaper.
In doubt, please ask any Board Director.
When and where do I put out my bulk items?
Bulk items are to be put out on Tuesday night of each week, for pickup the next day. Items must be placed in the No Parking zone in front of the garbage tower on either side of the building. Place your item(s) neatly on the pavement, away from parking spaces and vehicles nearby. Do not put them on the grass or on the ramp leading to and in front of the garage door.
Do not store bulk item(s) in the open area of the storage room or anywhere else on the property while awaiting for pickup. Keep the item(s) in your unit until the next scheduled pickup on Tuesday.
What are the rules about smoking on the property?
What are the rules with regard to animals?
As a general rule, animals or pets are prohibited on the property, however service or support animals are permitted by law, providing that the animal owner notifies the Board and submits the following documentations:
For service animals
- medical letter attesting for the need of a service animal and
- certification of training of the animal to provide such service
For support (or companion) animals
- medical letter attesting for the need of a support animal and
- the animal description.
In all circumstances, exotic animals are strictly prohibited. Additionally, permitted service or support animals must be kept under owner’s control and may be banned from the property if they become a nuisance to others.
What are the rules concerning the storage room?
Due to Fire code regulations, which requires a clear passage way of 8 feet overall from the storage cage wall (5 feet clearance from a 3 feet open cage door), and due the configuration of the room in a triangle, which limit considerably any storage on the opposing wall, we must keep this space empty.
Therefore the open area of the storage room must be cleared of any personal items, construction materials, boxes, furniture, bicycles and anything else at all times.
Your personal items and possessions must be stored in your assigned storage cage, your unit, your vehicle or outside the property in a commercial storage unit.
Do I own my parking space and/or my storage cage?
Who can park in the white parking spaces 1010 to 1017?
These 8 parking spaces are Grantham E extra parking spaces for owners. They are painted white to eliminate the problem of having unauthorized vehicles using them to access other buildings or the nearby park, courts and Club House.
Guest parking rules applies to them. You may direct your expected guests to park in them or you may park in them, as long as your designated parking space is occupied by a second authorized vehicle and you respect the following 30 days parking rules. You may not leave your vehicle parked and immobile for any period longer than 30 days consecutive in any guest parking space.
For unexpected guests and unsolicited visitors, Grantham E parking lot still offers 14 yellow guest parking spaces on the South side of the property.
No owner has an exclusive right to a specific guest or extra parking space and no guest or extra parking space is assigned to one owner.