J.L. from Fairfield County, Connecticut writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
I live in a garden style condo where a front main door is shared. No one in my building ever locks that main door and it doesn’t close or lock on its own. Recently someone came in and burglarized our storage units in the basement by coming in the unlocked front door. Are there any laws in CT regarding front doors to be automatically closed and locked for tenant protection? I put up a sign asking residents to keep the door locked but the condo association took it down. I am fearful for my protection at this point.
Mister Condo replies:
J.L., I am sorry for your loss and your ongoing concern. As far as laws about front doors being locked, I am not aware of any. I am concerned that none of your neighbors share in your concerns about being burglarized or worse. The easiest solution I can think of would be to have a self-closing door that automatically locked once closed. It is an inexpensive and elegant solution that wouldn’t require your neighbors to be mindful of shutting the door behind them. If I were you, I would send a letter to the Board asking them to add a discussion on the subject to their next Board meeting and you should offer to testify as to why the extra security is needed. If the Board agrees, all that is left is for them to hire a contractor to make the installation. Good luck!