Making it Safe, Secure, and User-Friendly Safety: Design vs. Function

Of all the responsibilities that come with being a manager of a residential building, few are as important as ensuring the safety of your residents.

“Safety is part of our job description,” says Bob Grant, director of Management at Manhattan-based Midboro Management. “We’re entrusted to make sure the building is as safe as it can be.”

In addition to day-to-day concerns like premise security and fire prevention, managers and boards must also keep in mind the safety and security needs of any disabled residents living in their building. Those needs might require alterations to building policies, or possibly alterations to the building structure itself to comply with the federally-mandated Fair Housing Act. Non-compliance is not only a hardship on differently-abled residents, but can result in very expensive litigation as well. It’s therefore imperative that managers be aware of the various codes and requirements involved in safety and accessibility for all residents.

Safety and Renovations

Virtually any renovation project brings up some type of safety concern. Grant cites several examples, including changing doors on apartments or building-wide projects that involve outside workers entering apartments.

Take the painting or replacing of doors—both projects which require doors to sit open for lengthy periods of time.

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