QUESTION: Can homeowners install cameras on their balconies that point toward the front entrance of the building?
ANSWER: It is not against the law for an owner to install security cameras. Members in the common areas have no expectation of privacy because they are "in the public" and can be seen by others.
However, residents are uncomfortable with individual owners "spying" on them. Because associations can adopt rules, the board can regulate how security cameras are used, restrict the number and placement of cameras, or prohibit them altogether.
The association can regulate the attachment of CCTV cameras to common area railings, balconies, ceilings and walls. Boards can also adopt rules that require cameras to blend into the structure and be unobtrusive. The rules can also prohibit the pointing of cameras toward other residents' windows and balconies.
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