Condos Take Structural Concerns Seriously After Surfside

 

In the wake of one of the deadliest US housing disasters of all time, state officials, structural engineers, and condo associations are struggling to determine how to move forward. The self-governance that characterizes condos presents a unique challenge when it comes to dealing with building safety and maintenance. Residents’ desire to keep condo fees as low as possible frequently supersedes their concern for troublesome engineering reports; oftentimes, for any action to take place, hundreds of residents must agree to front the cost of massive repairs. The Surfside collapse has “spurred a greater debate about what counts as infrastructure, and when the government should step in to ensure public safety” as well as whether or not condos should be put under greater scrutiny (prospect.org). While condos are privately owned, some experts believe that they should be considered part of larger state infrastructure because “as a public-safety concern…they’re as important as bridges and roads, and recent events provide evidence for that” (prospect.org).

 

Now, condo owners and associations are suddenly taking structural concerns more seriously and with a greater sense of urgency.