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Ask the Lawyer: “I am being criminally harassed by a person in my condo building. I have installed a doorbell camera. Condo board wants it gone.”

A reader asks:

“I am being criminally harassed by a person in my condo building. I have installed a doorbell camera. Condo board wants it gone. Any suggestion, please.”

 

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Doorbell cameras are a popular security measure. However, the outward facing component is an issue in a condominium as it is “common area.” Read Richard Hoffman’s answer to a condo resident who installed a camera only to be told to remove it — despite a claim of criminal harassment.

 

Richard Hoffman answers: “I presume the doorbell camera has been installed on the common elements. Owners are not allowed to make any alterations to the common elements without first obtaining the consent of the Board. The Board does not have to consent to same. I would  suggest approaching the board again and this time explain the situation and see if they are willing to consent.”

RICHARD P. HOFFMAN

Richard Hoffman is a member of DelZotto, Zorzi LLP, since 1992, practicing in the area of condominium law.

Richard Hoffman has been a member of DelZotto, Zorzi LLP since 1992, practicing in the area of condominium law. He has represented condominium corporations and unit owners through all stages of the litigation process and at all levels of Ontario Courts (Superior Court of Justice, Divisional Court and Court of Appeal). He is well experienced in handling all types of condominium litigation, from applications to enforcing compliance with declarations, by-laws or rules, to handling multi-million dollar claims for budget misrepresentation. He has also advised condominium corporations of various sizes on all facets of condominium law.

Richard is presently a member of the Canadian Condominium Institute and regularly lectures on contract and agency law in the condominium context at Humber College, as well, he is a regular contributor to various condominium magazines and has contributed to the condominium section of the Toronto Star.

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