Condo Sidewalk Repair Project Causes Unit Access Loss

L.D. from Florida writes:

Dear Mister Condo,

My condo board in Lee County, Florida just told me I will lose access to my unit, which is my only residence, for a full week in order to do maintenance work on the walkways and power wash the buildings. I am currently on an extended tour of Asia and return the very week the work is scheduled to be returned. Can the board throw me out on the streets like that? And what procedures must they follow if they can do that?

Mister Condo replies:

L.D., I am sorry that the scheduled power washing of the buildings and sidewalk repairs coincide with your return from duty. Thank you for your service. The Board isn’t so much throwing you to the streets as they are alerting you that they are protecting your investment with power washing and walkway maintenance. I am a bit surprised that they need a full week and that they are suggesting you need to lose access to your unit during the cleaning and walkway repair but you may wish to ask them. It is possible that it is an insurance issue or that the walkways will be unsafe during the project. Explain your situation and respect the Board’s concern for the safety of you and all residents during this repair. On the upside, you should have clean buildings and beautiful new walkways when the project is completed. All the best!

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