I live in a townhouse complex governed by an AOAO. Recently installed Camera surveillance system to protect property & family due to rash of daylight burglaries. Instructed to remove cameras mounted to the front & rear exterior of my unit. What are my rights ?
I am assuming that AOAO stands for "association of apartment owners." What are the rules adopted by your association? Do they prohibit exterior cameras? Do they require the association's permission for anything hung outside?
AOAO= Association of apartment owners. They pretty much prohibit anything on the exterior walls, however, there are many alterations/exceptions. Yes, they do require association approval & I have asked for a variance on my cameras via mail today. It really depends on the board members who do the property inspections. I have also been cited for a non-standard sliding patio screen door that has been installed 16 years ago when I purchased the property. My point is that the standards always changes with the changes in the board members.
The problem, in my opinion, with living under any kind of homeowner's association or AOAO is that the board gets power crazy and acts like little dictators. But that's the choice a person makes by living under such an association. You are bound by their rules, and if you violate them you face possible fines and eviction. Go through the variance process and get permission. If they turn you down, you have two choices: take them to court, or take down the cameras.
Twenty-six years of litigation experience including many contract cases.
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