Responsibility for Condo Security

February 2020

Condo corporations tend to accept responsibility for more security than required according to their governing documents.

Enhanced security helps promote a feeling of safety.  It helps protect common areas and personal living space, and may lead to higher unit values.  Yet it is not a requirement unless stated in governing documents.

Condo corporations have an obligation to take timely action to resolve safety issues that come up.  This may include lighting, locking outer doors and security gates.  There is an obligation to inform residents of known safety concerns.  When these basic requirements are considered inadequate or not comparable to what is provided elsewhere, security precautions can be enhanced.

Enhanced security measures may include video security, in-suite security systems and security staffing.

When installing video security systems, signs may be posted in public areas of the building so residents are informed that privacy is not to be expected.  Signs informing that an area is under surveillance can improve the deterrence effect of video security.  Video security should not be placed in a way that monitors the inside of a unit or in areas where privacy is to be expected such as a locker room or restroom.

Condo residents should periodically be reminded that condo security is a shared responsibility.  Residents should keep their doors locked, refuse to allow unknown individuals access to the building, and inform management or security when someone unknown is seen entering or wandering through the building.


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