This week we are covering rules related to smoking and other disturbances.
From Pages 27 and 28 of the revised handbook:
In consideration of and cooperation with others in the Park Tower community, residents agree not to disturb or interfere with the comforts, rights, safety and quite enjoyment of other residents. Disruptive activity shall not be carried out within any residential unit or in the common elements, which may be or become an annoyance or nuisance to the other owners or occupants. While the proximity of the units to each other makes it impossible to filter all noise and activity between the units, 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, cooking and other noxious odors; domestic disputes; excessive volume caused by a musical instrument, radio, stereo, television or other equipment; social gatherings; and vibrations.
Any complaints should be directed to the management office or the building staff responsible for addressing the problem. If a disturbance is not resolved with the assistance of the management or building staff, local enforcement authorities will be contacted.”
From Pages 37 of the revised handbook:
The release of smoke and other toxic gases and particles from cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, marijuana, and 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.”
SO WHAT DO YOU DO? During business hours, contact the office at 773-769-3250. When the office is closed, call the front desk at 773-769-3083. Staff will be directed to the location of the disturbance. They will attempt to confirm what is going on and address the matter appropriately. Sometimes, they may be unable to verify the condition. For example, locating the source of cigarette smoke is a challenge. And, cigarette smoke can dissipate by the time we are able to respond. For noise disturbances, our staff is asked to attempt to determine if the conditions are excessive. If loud bass is thumping at 2AM, that is excessive. But the staff will tend to be a bit more forgiving at 3PM. It can be somewhat subjective, so we just ask that residents and owners understand that, have patience and let us do our best to balance everyone’s right to live and function as individuals with everyone’s right to peaceably enjoy their homes. It can be a difficult balance.
The revised PTCA Rules and Regulations handbook was adopted by the Board of Directors at the Monday June 30th Board of Directors Meeting. E-copies or hard copies of the new rules can berequested from the Management Office. OR, owners can visit www.dkcondo.com, and download the pdf now. After logging in just click the “Rules and Regulations” menu item on the left.