MARQUEE PARK PLACE MANDATORY EMERGENCY KEY PROGRAM
The Board of Directors of the Marquee Park Place Homeowners Association approved an “Emergency Key Program” that will apply to all owners and owner’s tenants.
What does this mean to you? Marquee Park Place requires that each owner and resident of Marquee provide the Management Office with a key to your home.
How will my key be safe? Marquee has invested in a key safe program called HandyTrac. This system is used in many high rise properties and provides a locked key box that can only be accessed through a software program that identifies access cards and codes. It also changes the location of the key every time it is checked out. In addition, the software provides a record of each person that accessed the key for the emergency when used so there will be an available print out report for the record.
Why now? We’ve never had to give the Association our key before! The building is getting older and some unit owners are not paying attention to the maintenance required in their homes. Our intention for this program is to assist you in protecting your home if and when we are faced with an emergency. It is important to understand that, given the nature of high-rise building living, even a minor leak may cause a significant amount of damage, not only to your residence, but to those homes below and/or beside you as well. And you may be financially responsible for paying for the repairs and damages if the water originated from an element in your unit. Even if you are performing all the required maintenance to your own unit, some of your neighbors may have leaks that flow into your unit while you are not reachable. Also, what about those times you have left something in the oven, forgot to turn off the stove and left? Fires can happen! In these types of occurrences every minute is crucial, and having immediate access to your home could dramatically decrease damages to your home and those of your neighbors.
Is it legal to require the residents to provide the Association a key to their unit? Legally, the Association has the authority to adopt reasonable rules for the safety and protection of the buildings and the residents. There is a very rational and reasonable basis for the Association to have a key for emergency access to the unit. The rule does not violate any kind of public policy and it is equally applicable to all owners. Finally, the benefit of the rule outweighs the burden to the owner to provide their key. This all means that the Association is acting legally and reasonably.
Please be advised that this key will not be available to sign out or borrowed at any time by family members, guests, realtors or vendors for your property, but will always remain in a secured locked box maintained by and used only by management.
Participating in this program is mandatory. Per Article 4, Section 4.4.5 of the CC&R’s permission is granted to the managing agent to enter your unit in case of emergencies. If an emergency situation arises while you are not home and no emergency key is on file, a locksmith will be called to assist in unit entry and the homeowner will be responsible for all fees.
Please join the “Emergency Key Program” by May 1, 2017 in order to avoid non-compliance