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fixit7

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I live in an apartment. For the 2nd time, I have seen another resident operating a grill on their patio.

I reported the 1st instance to the manager.

From what I understand, it is not lawful to operate an grill under a balcony and not withing 10 feet of the residence.

I am trying to find the actual statute, but having no luck.

I live in Harris County of Texas.

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If you live in a community that has a governing board, those concerns will be addressed in the CC&R's.

Other than that, what are your exact concerns and how does someone else using a grill affect you?
 

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There are certainly bylaws that state exactly what is allowed, concerning charcoal or propane grills.

Talk to management, there is likely a website with a pdf file of all the rules.

In my condo complex, they have banned charcoal due to a few small fires from idiots not attending to the grill, and from numb nuts placing a fire too close to framing.

But propane is still allowed.
 

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< Other than that, what are your exact concerns and how does someone else using a grill affect you?

When flames are rising 2 -3 feet which is close to the ceiling, I am am quit concerned.

These apartments had a fire years ago that burned half of it down.
 

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Common sense plays a role in these things and the trouble with apartments and multi family units the rules are forced to assume the lowest common denominator of common sense, the stupidest person. You can’t say this person can and this one can’t do something. So there is the rules and then there is enforcement of the rules. Both are equally important.



The house we bought has vinyl siding and next to the main door to the house the siding was melted pretty bad from a grill being placed next to the house. How stupid could the last owner be? I replaced the siding and have my grill on the same deck only the other side about 8’ away and I feel fine and safe, but I keep my eye on it when using it.

I don’t blame you for worrying or for turning them in. If nothing is being done to warn them then you have a tough battle ahead.
 

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The complex my mother lives in does not allow grills. There are no local ordinances against it, it's just their rule.
 

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Bylaws, local ordinance, HOA rule, leasing agreement, etc...., it's just not a good idea.
 

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It's not a good idea for apartments as much as it's not a good idea to use a turkey fryer anywhere near a building. It does have a lot to do with idiots and / or young people, as well as the equipment. My buddy had a Red Devil tripod grill in the late 90's that he brought over to my apartment. Well, insert a couple of idiots that only want burgers, and it could have been bad. Said Red Devil's got recalled for fire danger and went out of business.

When I was a little kid, my Brother's apartment complex had a huge grill by the pool that they let residents use. If anything happened and the thing caught fire, all it could burn was rocks / concrete on one side and the pool concrete on the other. I swear it was big enough for 10 residents to use at once, but it could have looked bigger because I was real young.
 
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