Good Questions: Are Common Areas for Personal Use?

Good Questions: Are Common Areas for Personal Use?

Maxwell Ryan
Dec 18, 2006

Hello AT,

We live on the third floor of a small co-op, that's just five units. The owners on the second floor have been using the narrow hallway just outside their apartment as a storage area, leaving piles of shoes and their kid's stroller out there. This past weekend, they hung coat hooks outside their door, and now they're storing their hats and coats and scarves in the hallway, in addition to the pile of shoes and the stroller.

Aside from just being bad manners, is there any sort of general co-op or condo rule that says common areas can't be used for personal storage? Can I play the fire hazard card? Or is it just plain bad manners?...

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I haven't spoken with them yet, and I suppose I'm
partly to blame for not mentioning how unappealing
their beat up shoes were and nipping this in the bud.
I was trying to be pleasant and neighborly, but now I
feel like I live in their closet!

Any and all advice is appreciated.

Thanks! Andi

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