I live in a large co-op on the Upper East Side which consists of 300 units. Six
residents on the second floor, including myself, have terraces. Over the years
large quantities of various items have come out of the windows above us and
have landed on our exterior property, such as cigarette butts—some still burning, glass bottles, burning paper towels, clothing, burnt
popcorn, and various personal hygiene products. Falling lit cigarettes have
burned holes in awnings, umbrellas, and plants and burning paper towels have
burned cushions. The fact that these items are coming out of the windows is
unsanitary and dangerous. Our managing agent circulated a letter throughout the
building but it hasn’t really stopped things from being deposited on our property. A security camera
was focused on one particular apartment out of which previous items had been
thrown, but the camera—part of a rotating security system—only catches seconds of footage here and there and does not consistently record
one location for an extended period of time. Unless someone is caught in the act at that particular second, we still have no
record of it happening.
What exactly is the building’s responsibility to ensure our safety and the safety of our guests while
outside? What kind of protection are we, as owners, entitled to expect from the managing agent/ board? We’ve all been lucky so far—no one’s been hurt—but we are also afraid for the future. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.