S.B. from Broward County, Florida writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
The President of my condo goes back to Canada for five months. A resident is appointed for the summer months to oversee the condo. There are cameras in many areas for Security. The summer appointee has access to the cameras. In the event of any outside people doing damage she contacts the person in Canada. However, the president in Canada continues to watch these cameras from Canada to watch what the permanent residents are doing. Those of us who remain for the summer and live here year-round feel like we are being spied on. It is a very uncomfortable feeling. Do you have any thoughts? Thank you!
Mister Condo replies:
S.B., I completely understand your feeling of being spied on. However, in these modern times, it is harder to find a time when a watchful eye isn’t keeping an eye on you. Cameras are omnipresent and often necessary to keep an eye on things and add an extra layer of security and accountability in condominiums and HOAs. Cameras should only be allowed in the common areas and it is a good idea to have some type of signage indicating that the cameras are in place. Unless the Board decides to discontinue their use, I would think the cameras are here to stay. On the upside, it should help make the community a better place, possibly preventing vandalism, crime, and nudging residents to follow the rules. All the best!