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QUESTION: Someone has been propping open the fire doors in our condo building. When the fire department issued a warning to the HOA, the board posted a letter advising everyone that since they are unable to determine who is propping open the door, all residents on the floor would be fined. Is that allowed?

ANSWER: Your board is taking the same approach my drill instructor took in boot camp--if one person did something wrong, the entire platoon was doing pushups until they dropped. This approach to discipline has its use for creating military order and cohesion but homeowners are not Marines and associations are not boot camps. Your board cannot fine everyone--only the perpetrator and only after due process. Your board should consider installing a security camera to deter (or catch) the scofflaw.

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