The hallways are pressurized with fresh air, and that air slowly but consistently pushes into all the units. An open window in your unit will reverse this flow. So, if you are cooking or smoking, that odor will end up in the hallway and very likely a neighbors unit.
Obviously, the units are not air tight and we can not make them air tight. Assuming we all want to do everything we can to support a positive living experience for everyone – the staff, owners and residents alike – we want to encourage everyone to do everything reasonably possible to avoid such conditions. The PTCA rules treat such conditions as a disturbance:
“The release of smoke, fumes or any toxic gases or particles, including those due to cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, vaping, marijuana, incense or any other tobacco products used in an individual unit that permeates any other unit or the common elements is hereby classified as a noxious or offensive activity pursuant to Paragraph 11(g) of the declaration.…..”
“In consideration of and cooperation with others in the Park Tower community, residents shall not disturb or interfere with the comforts, rights, safety and quiet enjoyment of other owners, residents and their guests. Activity shall not be carried out within a residential unit or in the common elements which may be, or may become, an annoyance or nuisance to owners or occupants of other units….While the proximity of units to one another makes it impossible to filter all noise and activity between them, any disturbance or activity which would, in the sole and absolute discretion of the association, be reasonably likely to annoy or disturb other residents is strictly prohibited. Examples of a disturbance include but are not limited to cigarette smoke, marijuana smoke, vaping, cooking and other noxious odors, domestic disputes, excessive volume caused by a musical instrument, radio, stereo, television or other equipment, social gatherings, and vibrations.”
As it specifically relates to odors and air flow, there are few things owners and residents can do to help manage better conditions:
It is impossible to have an air tight unit, but following these easy steps can help the air move the way it was intended, and support a more pleasant living experience for all residents.
Since we are on the subject of open windows, and Spring is about to arrive, I’d add it’s not terribly unusual for us to receive complaints of water infiltration during rain and thunderstorms. So we are coming on the time of year when we need to remember to be mindful of fast changing weather conditions. Especially in the summer, when thunderstorms can sometimes pop up out of nowhere.
It is not unusual to get complaints of window leaks this time of year, even when it is nice out. The weather can change fast, so keep in mind the importance of keeping a window closed. Especially if you leave home; don’t leak windows open while you’re at work.. Conditions can change fast and unexpectedly, particularly this time of year.
Feel free to contact the office with any questions or feedback, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 773-769-3250.
IF YOU ARE SUFFERING FROM AND SUCH CONDITIONS, as we discussed above or any other disturbances, the following link explains how you can enlist our team to help: