I specialize in beachside condos.
I know some of the Association property managers, which are on-site, and some of them know me.
Usually, it is very helpful. Makes life easier.
This happened couple of years ago. I sold several units in this luxury beachside condo in Daytona Beach Shores. I have a lot of photos taken there, it is a beautiful building. However, working on a virtual tour, I noticed that I did not have a good photo of their clubroom.
So, I took my Canon with extra lenses and a flashlight, and went to the building. I know a few codes so getting in was not a problem whatsoever. I am walking along their beautiful hallway to the clubroom. On my way I pass manager's office, see the manager at his desk. I smile, waive and keep going. He jumped out of the office:
- Jon, what are you doing here?
I told him that I needed a photo of their beautiful clubroom for my website.
- You can’t just come and take photos. You are trespassing. You can only come when you have listings, and only on business of taking care of the unit, and you can come when you are showing the units, but other time you can’t. You can only be as a representative of the owner, or representing a buyer, not your own business, like your website, etc… You are trespassing, and I am asking you to leave immediately.
I know the guy well enough, he knows me, and he is asking me to leave? What an SOB...
But he was right. I had no business there except my own, and I was trespassing on a private property simply because I knew the code from the entrance door.
I apologized and left.
This manager was a real professional. He acted by the letter of his job description and in the best interests of the condo owners. How many other managers don’t care, and would let me do whatever I want…
He is no longer at this condo, but wherever he is, whatever condo he is managing, this property would have the owners’ rights upheld the way they should be.