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7/26/2014 - Please Keep Condo Hallways Clear of Obstructions

This week a number of condo residents received a phone call, letter, or fine regarding leaving stuff in the condo hallways.

So for all condo residents, here is the story on what is allowed and not allowed. And the short answer is nothing is allowed but a door mat outside each door.

Per our rules and regulations, "Stair-ways, driveways, halls and all other portions of the Common Elements must, at all times, be kept free of obstruction. No garbage cans, supplies, or other articles shall be placed in the pathway, halls, stairways, walkways or parking areas."

As for the why of this rule, there are two reasons. The first reason is that obstructions are a violation of the fire code because they could interfere with people safely exiting the building in the event of a fire. The second reason is that the hallways belong to all of us and other than nothing, there is probably no limit to what some people would store in the hallways if they were allowed to.

By way of illustration, here are some pictures of violations that have occurred in the past.

This is wrong on so many levels. Not only is this trash blocking the hallway and unsightly looking, but garbage can be a major contributor to attracting and spreading bugs and worse. Yes, I understand that one might not want something like this in their unit. But that is all the more reason it should go directly to the compactor and not be staged in the hallway.

Given the lack of storage in the condos it's tempting to try to expand ones unit by using the hallway to store bikes, toys, etc. But the simple answer is, this is not allowed.

Well if not bikes and toys, how about other stuff that one doesn't really want badly enough to secure it in their unit? The answer is still no.

Well how about a nice looking plant? It really hurts me to say that this is not allowed because planters could add life to our hallways. And in fact we had the Fire Marshal here a few years ago to see if there was a way that this could be considered OK. Unfortunately, the answer was no because they could interfere with people safely exiting the building in the event of a fire.

Note: The Fire Marshal did agreed that there two locations where planters would be Ok and they are outside units 202 and 302 on the railing side.

That said, If you see violations like those pictured above, you can report the problem along with the unit number by calling the Property Manager or anonymously by using the Speak Up section of this web site.

Peter Schulz - Editor - Email CP

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