I had security cameras installed on the exterior of my condo windows. Association's Board wanted them removed, they gave a determination of violation (slipped under my door, no director name or official header, just illegible signatures). I removed the cameras that partially included a view of the common areas and kept the ones that were pointed at the public sidewalk. I sent a letter detailing my actions by certified registered mail and never received a reply. Suddenly a Board member showed up in front of my unit (from the street, I live 1st floor) and cut the wires of my cameras. I have video evidence of this. Does she have grounds for her action; like maybe claiming my unit windows on which the cameras are mounted are common elements for example? The cameras are my property. Should I report this to the police? Any consequences to thing of?
It would require a review of the declaration and a clearer understanding of where the cameras were installed to answer your question. Most likely, you cannot affix cameras on the outside of your unit, as this generally would be a common area and not part of your unit. Your best solution to get a more definitive answer would be to have a real estate attorney in your area review the declaration, the bylaws, and the notice you received.
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Generally, the exterior of your unit is considered common element. You or your attorney will need to examine the condo documents to determine exactly how the common elements for your complex are defined.
Unfortunately you are likely in the wrong. Your windows are part of the exterior of the building and are likely defined as part of the common elements of the building. Therefore the Bylaws/Declaration grant the Board the ability to abate a situation that they have found to be a violation of the Bylaws/Declaration, which based on your post is that you installed cameras in the common elements without their permission and in violation of the Bylaws. You should carefully read your Bylaws/Declaration to your condominium building to understand your rights and the Board's rights.
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