This is just a reminder to all owners here about security now that supermarket is open and bar/restaurant opening soon. There are more people around here now and I don't know ALL of them and we don't want them wandering around our building. Security will be on the agenda for the next Community Meeting (after end of summer)
Communal Doors: Please, please follow the instructions on the communal doors and make sure the door is kept LOCKED at all times. If you have difficulty shutting it locked, it is because a very small lever, in the top right hand corner of the lock in the left hand door, has been set to allow the door to SHUT but not to lock. This is to allow workers in. This is no longer accepetable as access is no longer required via our doors. If you are having visitors, or private tradesmen, make sure they are told to shut the door locked on entry and exit. We can look, as suggested, at having compression shutting mechanisms which will make sure doors will automatically shut.
Door Entry System: please check that your door entry system works properly and actually allows people in. My door entry sounds as if it works but does not actually open the door. So I have to down to Stair G or H and open the door there to let tradesmen in, or get people to phone me first. I have reported it under snagging but until more people report this under snagging they are not paying for an electrician just to come out to my flat.
If your snagging has been completed to your satisfaction, CHANGE YOUR LOCK. This is standard practice for ALL NEW BUILDS. The builder still has a full set of keys for front doors and it is possible some have been copied. It is quite simple job to swap your inner lock with a neighbour in another stair, or to buy a new inner lock. Thei nner lock cost 10 euros.
To make your flat more secure if you are not here much, instal extra locks on your windows and patio doors. I have done a deal with Garry for lock provided and fitted for 30 euro a lock which is very reasonable. The locks are special secure ones but cannot be bought locally. So if anyone wants locks fitted please contact me on my private email and I will organise block buying of the locks. If you want to leave a door key with me on your next visit, I will organise the fitting of the patio and window locks. Garry says it's not worth the hour round trip just to buy 1 lock SO LET ME KNOW SOON BY PRIVATE EMAIL IF YOU WANT LOCKS ON YOUR WINDOWS AND PATIO.
Use of pool by outsiders. This is being abused because people are able to gain access via the open doors. Please challlenge anyone as to where they live or who gave permission to use the pool. If there are large groups partying, call the Serranos (at night) or call the police. The more reports we make to the police, the more attention will be paid to our security problems. Gines has given permission to some of his relatives to use our pool so do not take an unwarranted aggressive stand on this issue. He owns a lot of property here so is fully entitled to invite his family to use the pool as he has been paying for all the maintenance. This issue will be fully discussed at next meeting when we draw up communal rules for use of the pool. We are trying to get a list of owner occupied flats and those rented out flats so I can monitor who is here when I check the stairs.
We shall soon be starting paying community charges, and electricity and water. Before we do so, please make sure you have reported any COMMUNAL snagging problems and made sure they have been put right. EG when I was checking stairs this week I noticed that Flat F lift was making a terrible noise above it and when it stopped at a floor the door only half opened. We have to get all these issues sorted out before we have to communally pay for them.
I willl give you my phone number if you send me a private message. Look forward to seeing you on your next visit.
PS Who has let out 3rd floor flat on Stair K as I need to speak to them privately