F.F. from Florida writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
Garbage cans are too close to the condo I just purchased. When I sit outside the odor is offensive. What can I do?
Mister Condo replies:
F.F., short of holding your breath, I am not sure there is anything you can do. Hot garbage baking in the abundant Florida sun is going to stink. I assume that the garbage dumpsters were in place before you bought your condo so it’s not like this problem sprung up out of thin air. Typically, dumpsters are placed on pads that are part of the property design. Relocating them isn’t always possible and the expense isn’t likely going to interest the Board. I am unaware of any way to stop the garbage from smelling. You should definitely complain to the Board but don’t be surprised if nothing happens. If it were me, I would wait for a cool spell when the odor wasn’t atrocious and sell my unit. Be very careful when selecting your next unit. All the best!