By Darlys Walker

Published March 6, 2019  


After reading Eric’s blog, I wondered what exactly the difference between “vested interest” and being “grandfathered in” was. Is it possible that many owners were confusing the two? The simple answer is, yes they easily could be confusing the two.


A vested interest is never ending. It is perpetual and goes on, and may be passed to others in the future.


A grandfathered interest is given for a specific time period with an identifiable action which causes the interest or benefit to end.


Example: Jimmy Jones, purchases a condominium and the declaration states that dogs are allowed and there are no weight or breed restrictions. Several years after Jimmy purchased his unit, the declaration was amended stating there was a 25lb limit and limiting allowable breeds. A few more years pass and Jimmy purchases a pit bull, which is a prohibited breed. When he is notified of his violation he responds, “When I bought my unit there were no weight or breed restrictions, so I have vested interest.” Unfortunately he is incorrect. Declarations may be amended with a majority vote.


If we have the same scenario, but let’s say the amendment to the declaration states, any owner currently living in the community prior to the amendment shall not be subject to the amendment. However, upon sale of the unit or any other occupant or ownership change, the amended declaration shall apply. This grandfather clause allows Jimmy’s rights to continue. In the event he sells, moves or rents his home, he no longer is grandfathered in and the right is terminated!

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