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JudyL6
(California)

Posts:1


01/11/2019 8:27 AM  
Can an HOA prohibit owners from placing door mats in front of their units in an indoor hallway? I've been told they are considered a hazard in case of a fire in California, but cannot find any documentation. The HOA has has provided built in door many at the two main entries to the building.
AugustinD


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01/11/2019 8:57 AM  
If the HOA's governing documents show the indoor hallways to be "common areas" (or similar wording), then most likely, yes. Google on {"door mats" "fire hazard"} for what so far looks like legitimate discussion of this.

Sorry for the bad news. One gives up a lot of freedom when one agrees to buy into a condo and so abide by the "contract" (a.k.a. covenants).
KerryL1
(California)

Posts:6045


01/11/2019 9:46 AM  
We're a condo high rise HOA and our CC&Rs prohibit ANY Items in our interior common area hallways*. There's a list in the CC&Rs which includes door mats. The list is repeated in our Rules & Regulations. Both of these document are available to prospective buyers. The reason is prevent any itms that might cause emergency personnel to trip or that makes getting into the unit harder. Our understanding is that this is by order of the fire marshall.

So even if your HOA does not have it in your governing documents that you may not have a door mat, your local fire dept. has authority to forbid them. You might contact them.


*Or on the exterior of the door to our units, which also is common area.
RoyalP
(South Carolina)

Posts:307


01/11/2019 11:55 AM  
Any mats in a common hi-rise hallway present a potential tripping hazard for fire-fighters and 'escapees'.

Hallways may/could/do become smoke filled in the event of fire.

D'OH
RoyalP
(South Carolina)

Posts:307


01/11/2019 11:58 AM  
Posted By AugustinD on 01/11/2019 8:57 AM
If the HOA's governing documents show the indoor hallways to be "common areas" (or similar wording), then most likely, yes. Google on {"door mats" "fire hazard"} for what so far looks like legitimate discussion of this.

Sorry for the bad news. One gives up a lot of freedom when one agrees to buy into a condo and so abide by the "contract" (a.k.a. covenants).




Condo or apartment building makes no difference - fire / tripping / obstruction hazards are the same.

The 'contract' is a moot point.

Local code and the A/H/J prevail.
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