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Unit owner burgled of $10,000

 

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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

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