Let Me In? Controlling Building Access

 Everyone wants to feel secure and have peace of mind when they lock their doors  each night, but in a multifamily condo or co-op in New York City, you can’t always control who enters your building. Management may have service people  come in, other residents can allow guests, and even you yourself may hold the  door for someone you don't personally know.  

 Set Standards

 That’s why an important issue for any multifamily property concerns access. According  to Colin Foster, president of Virtual Doorman, to maintain a safe and secure  building, administrators must draft and enforce clear rules controlling access  to the various parts of their property.  

 “The building should come up with standard rules and regulations that all  residents and employees must follow,” he says. “They should determine what their security risks are and how to address them.  They should also run any rule/regulation changes past their lawyer in order to  ensure that the rules are able to be enforced and are legal and  non-discriminatory.”  

 The written rules should speak to who can come in, at what time, under what  circumstances, and how freely they can move about the building.  

 “Many people haven’t even addressed this policy and that’s wrong. They need to have a safeguard policy on the books,” says Mark Lerner, Ph.D, president of EPIC Security Corp, which provides  security guards to co-ops and condos throughout the five boroughs. “It should be in the bylaws. All residents need to subscribe to the policy and it  should define guests, all commercial delivery work and the hours allowed for  people to enter the building.”  

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