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By CondoAssociation.com • June 19, 2020

The HOA broke into my garage

Does a NJ condo association have the right to break into a rented garage (authorize a contractor to). 

A couple garages were damaged in an accident. HOA asked me to leave the door unlocked a week ago for the contractor to come FOR THAT ONE DAY. I never heard anything else from them. I was under the impression they were waiting for parts. This evening I found my garage BROKEN INTO. The lock is actually broken. They did start the repairs. This is not an emergency situation.

There are 3 garages per building with make shift walls between them. I know the tenant of the other garage has bikes and other items that could be stolen. The contractor also took down part of the partition.

We were not given notice of entry or asked to unlock the doors. The other garage tenant spoke to the contractor yesterday (Wednesday) and was told they were not coming until Monday. They happened to see them there today after they had already broken in.

As far as I know, the HOA does not have copies of keys. The HOA owns the garages and rents them to the owners.

Does law require them to give notice of entry? Do they have a right to break in?

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