The number of condominiums that have become “petty abandoned” is increasing. …… What are the signs? | FRIDAY DIGITAL

The number of condominiums that have become “petty abandoned” is increasing. …… What are the signs?

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While the supply of housing in Tokyo continues to increase, a number of condominiums have emerged with concerns about their management status/Afro

In recent years, the number of condominiums “slumming” has skyrocketed. These are properties that have been left in a state of disrepair due to a lack of thorough maintenance and management, and the residents have left the properties as if they had been stripped to the teeth. These condominiums are destined to become “ruins” before long.

In fact, your condominium may have already begun to “slum and ruin. Not only because it is old, but even relatively new properties may show signs of this. Let’s take a look at some actual cases.

There are two places where the signs appear. The first is the “bicycle parking area.

Mr. A, who lives in a 20-year-old condominium for sale, purchased a second-hand one-bedroom apartment two minutes from the station. The parking lot has space for four bicycles, but few people use it, and most of the residents own bicycles and motorcycles.

There is space for one bicycle per person, but there are clearly more than the contracted number of bicycles, so there is always a battle over which bicycle is to be parked.

The reason for this is the large number of abandoned bicycles and motorcycles. Dusty bicycles and mopeds that look like they have never been used occupy almost half of the space, which is a problem.

Although Mr. A’s property has only a few units, the number of abandoned bicycles and motorcycles has literally piled up like a mountain.

Many owners of Mr. A’s condominium are turning it into a for-sale rental unit due to its location near a station, and tenants are replaced rather frequently. It is not uncommon for the previous tenants to leave their bicycles and motorcycles in the bicycle parking lot to save on recycling and moving costs.

The problem is what happens afterwards. When we visited Mr. A’s apartment, we found that the half-roofed, half-open bicycle parking lot had been exposed to the rain, and the plastic cups that someone had dumped in the front baskets were filled with rainwater and even spider webs had formed. The situation is not very sanitary.

When unregulated bicycle parking is visible from the outside, it becomes a prime target for illegal bicycle parking and illegal dumping, starting a negative cycle. In some cases, bicycle parking lots are also part of evacuation routes. In the event of an emergency, abandoned bicycles must not become an obstacle to evacuation.

Another issue is “who and how” to dispose of bicycles. In some cases, bicycles that appear to be ridden by no one actually have owners who still live in the area, causing problems when people claim that their personal belongings have been thrown away without their permission.

In addition, when disposing of bicycles, in addition to the cost of disposing of bulky trash, it is necessary to cancel the security registration if it still has an expiration date, which can be quite costly. If the owner of the bicycle is not found, the management association will no doubt have to take responsibility for the disposal of the bicycle, and will have to decide where to get the money to pay for the disposal.

The building’s appearance would be damaged, and it could also be a disaster prevention risk. The negative legacy of abandoned bicycles in condominiums is the inability to clean up the mess, and once created, the negative legacy will continue to grow.

There is one more “canary in the coal mine” type of facility that suggests that condominiums are becoming slums.

It is the “mailbox. Mr. B, an office worker who lives in a 40-year-old condominium, says, “One day I looked at the mailbox on the first floor.

One day I was looking at the mailboxes on the first floor and was surprised to see that there were tons of flyers sticking out, the peephole was covered with mail and I couldn’t see, and the worst mailboxes were blocked with duct tape. I didn’t realize how many people leave their mail unattended. ……”

If the mailbox is blocked with mail or throwaway flyers, it goes without saying that the mailbox has not been opened for a long period of time. Furthermore, if the mailbox is blocked with duct tape, it is like declaring, “I don’t plan to open this mailbox for a long period of time,” or “This room is vacant, so don’t let me in!” It is like declaring, “This room is vacant, so don’t let me in!

The collective mailboxes in condominiums, like balconies, are “common areas that have been approved for exclusive use,” and the responsibility for their management rests with the unit owners. The more mailboxes are left unattended or there is no sign that anyone lives in them, the less popular the property becomes.

Since mailboxes are visible to outsiders, the possibility that someone with malicious intent will take notice increases. In other words, just by looking at a mailbox, you can tell whether a condominium is a good place to live or not.

There are other signs that an apartment building is “mismanaged. Please check for the following signs.

Is your condominium safe? Checklist for “petit abandonment
Unauthorized parking is increasing.
Bicycle parking area is untidy and cluttered.
□Mailboxes are overflowing with flyers
□Many mailboxes are blocked with duct tape, etc.
□ Unopened delivery boxes.
□Bulletin boards are covered with notices.
Entrance door is broken.
□Cleaning conditions are poor, such as cobwebs, cotton dust, etc.
□Elevator smells and grooves are dirty.
□Corridors and balconies are full of things.
Some residents do not follow the rules of the garbage disposal area.

It has been a long time since people started saying, “Buy the management of the condominium.” In some cases, the cause is the management association, and in other cases, it is the owners who are the residents. In any case, if there is even a small breakdown, bad elements will gradually accumulate in condominium management.

The key to protecting one’s valuable assets is to report even the slightest signs of discomfort to the management company or the management association, without thinking of it as someone else’s problem.

  • Text by Rie Kusakabe

    Passed the first condominium manager and chief administrator exam. She is well versed in the actual conditions of existing condominiums through consultation and advisory services for management associations and numerous surveys. She also has deep insight into condominium trends, such as rankings of "hole-in-the-wall" towns and information on new condominiums. His articles have appeared more than 300 times on Yahoo! News. He is also active in TV, radio, and other media, as well as lectures and seminars.

    He is the author of the book, "Condominium Learning from Age 60.
    He is the author of "Condominium Studies from Age 60" (Kodansha + Alpha Shinsho), "My Home is Worth Buying a Used Condominium" (Diamond Inc.), and "The Negative: How to Buy a Condominium for a Loss" (Diamond Inc.). (Diamond Inc.), "Professional Techniques to Change a Negative Real Estate Condominium into a Rich Real Estate Condominium" (Shogakukan), and many others.

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