IN HELPING OTHERS, YOU HELP YOURSELF
Published January 29, 2020
The topic of leaving a key with
management or the Board is a very sticky one; however, it doesn't
have to be. As mentioned in many other posts, when you purchase a
condo, you agree to the contractual obligations within those
association docs/statutes, and leaving a key with management/board
is an obligation.
While I can understand the concerns,
residents must also understand management positions for needing such
keys. Below I will provide just a couple of examples as to why a key
would be necessary:
Alarm / Fire Sprinkler Inspections - Each year, your
association must conduct an annual inspection of the fire system,
and part of that inspection requires fire alarms to be checked
within each unit. These systems are put in place to protect your
safety and those around you.
- Depending on the age of a building, maintenance should be
conducting, semi-annual, or quarterly water leak inspections of
toilets and faucets. When we have access to all the units, buildings
can save MONEY because of these routine checks.
- During the summer season, most people are either up north or on
vacation with family. Access is needed to move balcony furniture
inside, close shutters, etc.
between units -
A common problem in condos is determining a major or minor leak
affecting other unit owners or the common area. When these leaks
are ignored, it can create an unnecessary expense in the future.
Flood (pipe burst, fire sprinkler burst, etc.) - Time is of the
essence during these catastrophic events. Not having access can mean
the difference between having a few units flood and having a few
dozen units flood.
As I'm sure you noticed, not having
the keys for these and other instances cost the association time and
money. Management has to spend unnecessary time trying to coordinate
with those that didn't leave keys and potentially having to hire a
locksmith to open those doors. The charge for such locksmith does
get billed back to the owner; however, when you have a large number
of doors to open, which in turn creates frustrating calls between
owners and management, it creates an environment that isn't
efficient or healthy.
I'm curious to hear from our
readers... do you have keys to all your units? If not, what's the
percentage of units you have keys for? Are you doing anything to
increase that number?