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From the Forum – Locking the door to the Condo Roof?

by Prince Of Petworth December 30, 2015 at 2:05 pm 14 Comments

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Locking the door to the Condo Roof?

“Neighbors (some teenage kids) in the building next to ours (a mid-rise condo building) recently discovered that they could hop easily from the roof of their building to our roof, and then discovered that our door to the roof was not locked from the outside, only from the inside and came in to have a look around. Property manager claims that it is illegal for the roof door to lock from the outside (to prevent someone from getting stuck on the roof). This seems absolutely absurd if it is the case. We have asked for some documentation from the property manager for this assertion, questioned whether it can be a keyed lock that all residents have the key for, or anything else. The idea of having a wide open door for anyone who can access the roof to then access the whole condo building is ridiculous.

Also, we don’t have a roof deck so no one should be accessing the roof except to service AC units or the roof, and they would have a key if we went that route. Anyone have any experience with this? How did you/your building handle it? I acknowledge that one idea is to contact management of the neighboring building to ask that they lock access to their roof, but that doesn’t solve the ongoing concern of a wide open door into our building.”

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