G.S. from Broward County, Florida writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
My children installed a video doorbell outside my condo door. The HOA has sent a letter stating that I have to remove it or they will and I will pay the fees for removal. The violation states: the exterior of the apartment shall not be painted, decorated or modified. Can you please tell me if it falls under any of these categories? There are several units that have installed regular doorbells, decorations, welcome signs, etc. without any repercussions.
Mister Condo replies:
G.S., I am sorry that you have been asked to remove a video doorbell. Many condos and HOAs disallow any type of video surveillance into common areas, which is the usual reason for denying the addition of a video doorbell. I can see the case for claiming that the video doorbell is an unapproved architectural modification. However, I cannot see it only being enforced against you if other unit owners have made other modifications without incurring the wrath of the Board. If I were you, I would inquire what modifications are allowed and are you being singled out when there are other units that already have modification. That is a no/no for any association. Rules need to be enforced uniformly or single unit owners can claim discrimination. Understand that at the end of the day you may not be able to keep your video doorbell. But you will know that the Board has enforced the standard for all unit owners, not just you!. Good luck!