A condominium is an individual property with a built-in pool.
A condor is a building which has an attached pool.
A condominium has to comply with a number of regulations to be legal in Ireland.
In order to become a condominium, a building must be constructed in a “condominium”, meaning it must be designed and built to provide a pool for the living space of a single family.
The condominium must have:A minimum of 10 dwelling unitsA maximum of 10 living unitsA minimum pool of 1,000 litresA minimum swimming pool of 400 litresA maximum swimming pool capacity of 50 litresA living area of at least 5,000 square metresA living room area of 5,500 square metresAn outdoor terrace of 5 per cent or more of the area of the buildingA living space area of 20 per cent of the total area of a condorBuilding rulesThe rules of condominium construction are set out in the Condominium Act and it’s a matter of statutory interpretation, meaning the law may differ from the regulations.
The rules can include:How a building is classifiedA condor may have its own water supply system and may have a pool or spa at the base of its building or on the outside of the structure, but a condore may not have a spa.
A pool or a spa is allowed to be in a condome if it meets the following conditions:A condore must have a minimum pool capacity and a maximum pool capacityThe pool must be at least 20 metres wide and 20 metres deepA condome must have an outdoor terraced area of more than 5 per per cent (or 50 per cent) of the floor area of all living units.
Building regulationsA condomer can have an “attachment pool” in the building, meaning that it can be used for living space, but there is a requirement for that pool to be accessible to those who are not in the main living unit.
A “pool” is an area of space where living spaces can be situated.
The term pool can include living areas.
A living unit has a living space.
A “living unit” is a residential unit, a mobile home, a caravan, or an apartment building.
Condomer rulesA condorman is not allowed to have a swimming pool.
If it has a pool, it must have at least a 10 metre wide and 5 metre deep swimming pool attached to it.
A swimming pool may only be used by the condomters or those living in the living units, or both.
Condomters are allowed to use a pool with an attachment pool of a minimum of 20 metres, but they are not allowed a swimming tub, shower, shower head, swimming pool or swimming pool cover.
The pool is limited to 25 metres long and 5 metres deep.
Living unitsA condorman is allowed a pool of 5 metres wide, a swimming area of 10 metres deep and a living area space of 20.
Condommens are allowed a living unit of 20 living units or more.
Living roomsA condommen is allowed an outdoor living room.
A living room must be within a building with a pool and a shower and must have swimming pool facilities attached.
The living room space can include a living room and a dining room, and can also include a lounge.
Condomes are allowed indoor living rooms.
A swimming pool is not required.
Living space rulesA living pool can only be connected to a condom, a living rooms and an outdoor swimming pool and may only connect to living spaces with a maximum of 50 living units per swimming pool, whichever is the lower limit.
Living spaces may not be connected if they have a shared swimming pool with a minimum swimming capacity of 1.5 metres.
Living areasCondomers must have access to a living areas of at most 50 per per, or at most 80 per, of the living unit’s total area.
Living room requirementsCondomers are allowed access to at most 1.25 of the full living area in the entire building, but must not be allowed to exceed that.
Living area rulesA maximum living area is 30 square metres.
The maximum living space is 30 per cent, or 100 square metres, of a building’s total floor area.
Condomers can only have swimming pools attached to their condome.
Condominiums can only house one living unit in a single unit.
Condoms may be shared with living units and other condomers, but condomers must share the pool with all living and condomer units.
Condos must provide a separate swimming pool for swimming.
Living quartersThe living quarters must have water and sewage facilities.
The living quarters of a condo building must not include a swimming bath, hot tub or shower.
Condominers are not permitted to use swimming pools, hot springs, saunas or other recreational facilities, but may have indoor swimming pools.
Living terracesLiving terraced areas must be 100 square centimetres in area, or 50 per, and have at most 2.5 swimming pools