Whether one resides in an urban high-rise or in a more spread-out HOA, security—for both property and physical safety—is an important issue. Who can come in, at what times, how long they can stay, and how freely they can move about the property is of concern to any conscientious board/management team.
In order to maintain a safe and secure building or association, administrators must draft and enforce clear rules regarding non-resident visitors and guests—while, at the same time, not overreaching and overregulating how unit owners conduct themselves in their own homes.
Here are some of the biggest issues board members face when dealing with guests policies in condo associations and HOA communities.
Guests, Subletters, and Roommates
“In certain buildings, you may be involved in vertical living arrangements,” says Phyllis Weisberg, a partner with the New York-based law firm of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads, LLP. “You have a lot of people living in a building. Who’s sharing your halls? Who’s riding on your elevators? Is it somebody who’s been vetted in any fashion, and that you’re comfortable with?”
“Community association boards have to wrestle with the issue of visitors and guests in their community, and this can be a very sensitive issue,” says Chuck Graziano, North Jersey Regional Director for Associa Mid-Atlantic. “On one hand, it is difficult to restrict a homeowner from having guests or visitors, and on the other hand, the board has an inherent desire to protect the safety and security of their community.”