Condo Line

Unit owner burgled of $10,000

 

CAMquestion@cfl.rr.com

Q. I live in a condominium that has security cameras in most areas and a security person on duty. My unit was burglarized and over $10,000 in valuables was taken. The detective told me that even if we had caught the burglar, he would not be convicted of any crime because the security camera does not show the front door of my unit. It is stationed in the middle of the hall. The security person was on duty but was not in the lobby at the time the burglar walked through. He is seen on video walking down the hall to my unit and leaving by the stairway. Our security cameras do not save material after a certain number of days and this video was unfortunately lost. He was captured in another building in the area roaming around the hallways and he had committed other burglaries in other places. Is the condo association responsible in any way for my losses?

M.M., Miami

Normally the condominium association is not responsible for your personal loss. You need to make a claim for the loss with your insurance. There are exceptions to the situation in which the association could have some responsibility. It seems that your condominium does have some reasonable security system and for that reason you would have a difficult time proving neglect.

Q. Recently our H.O.A. president replaced our management company representative. Should there have been a consensus of the board for this action? G.L., Miami Normally the directors should have approved such a change. It is not normally just the president’s decision. However, I have been involved in such a change. An owner made threatening remarks against a manager because of a rule violation. The president felt that quick action was needed before the threat was acted upon and I was asked to take over the management. The problem was the owner was still upset and came to my office and put a hammer through my desk top. My next step was to call the police. Q. I am the treasurer of my HOA. It is my duty to keep track of all checks that the management company writes for the association. I have made a computer program to track the checks. We have a new management company that has a practi

Read more Home & Garden stories from the Miami Herald

  •  
The Sahara fire table from Oriflamme.

    Outdoor living

    Fire tables are the newest in outdoor furniture

    Fire bowls were a great idea; they were just a little low to the ground and not especially attractive. Well, that has changed.

  •  
This convex mirror could be 200 years old or it could have been made much later.

    Treasures

    Convex mirror antique or just a family heirloom?

    Q: We have a convex mirror that has been in our family well over 50 years. There is some damage to the frame but the mirror itself is in good condition. The mirror is heavy and the frame is made of wood. What can you tell us about our mirror?

  •  
Dragon fruit

    Fairchild Tropical Garden Column

    Dragon fruit surprisingly easy to grow

    Dragon fruit: The name alone is mysterious and intriguing, and its appearance does not disappoint. The fruit itself looks like it’s straight out of a video game. It has a flame-red, egg-shaped body and what looks like reptile scales tipped in yellow-green. The fruit may look like exotic, but you can grow it in a typical South Florida garden.

Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category