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Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Aug 31, 2014 in Rat Answers | Subscribe

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“Any uneaten food is left to attract rats to the property. Water dishes are placed around the common garden areas for the birds to drink and swim in. 

“Would these birds be considered ‘pets’ and hence the two owners in breach of the bylaw?”

They are not pets because they don’t live there and they are not brought on to the property – they are free to come and go as they please. Whether or not the food is good for them is another issue; apparently feeding wild birds the wrong food can kill them.

However, another question arises: are they in fact pests? If they are damaging or making a mess on common property, or creating a disturbance with their noise, or the leftovers are attracting rats, you could introduce another bylaw to get the feeding to stop.

Plenty of strata schemes have that bylaw because of the nuisance of large numbers of wild birds flocking on to one balcony (and dropping little “gifts” below). 

And this is a perfect example of how strata communities set their own standards of behaviour. If enough owners find this unacceptable, for whatever reason, they can pass a bylaw forbidding it.

It really is as simple as that. There’s more on this on the forum.


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