Category Archives: Rules

Can an apartment restrict children from playing with a football or soccer ball because a window might be broken?

In most cases an apartment complex cannot make rules which restrict children from playing with a ball because a window may be broken. If a child breaks a window, then it is the responsibility of that child’s parents to pay for a new window. However, the apartment is not allowed to make rules restricting children from playing with a ball because the apartment owner does not want any windows to get broken.

Can an apartment complex make a rule prohibiting children from playing on the grass common areas because the children will kill the grass or break a sprinkler?

Rules prohibiting children from playing on the grass areas because the grass may be killed or a sprinkler broken are illegal. If a child breaks a sprinkler, then the parent can be asked to pay for the replacement cost.  Just about any rule which prohibits children from playing in the grass common areas will likely be found to be illegal.