Obviously it is easier to get into a garden unit, the windows and doors can be reached from the ground. Also many doors for these are below grade and not visible from the street, so it would be better if the building had a common security door before going down to your unit. I lived in a building off the southport corridor in 2006, the garden unit was burglarised through the front door, which was hidden under the stairs to my first floor unit.
You also need to consider flooding. During heavy storms the last few years I know several garden unit owners who have flooded, ruining floors, walls and furniture and potentially leading to mold.... more
Hi Brian, I have two suggestions - first, read through your condo docs and find out what it takes to get elected to the Board. In a 13 unit complex seats may not come up very often, but eventually, you should be able to obtain one and fight the system from the inside. Second, what you are describing sounds like a blatant ethical breach on the part of the Board President. If he or she is willing to do something so obviously against the interests of the group publicly, what can you imagine is happening behind the scenes? Why exactly is there a budgetary shortfall? Keep working on it, common sense and persistence will win out in a crowd almost every time. Best of luck, Stacey... more