The installation and use of cameras at condominiums can be complicated from a legal perspective. Various regulations may apply to both association and condo unit owner cameras. This overview shares just some of the legal considerations that may apply to the installation and use of cameras.
It is not uncommon for condominiums to install security cameras in common areas. Florida law does not prohibit video surveillance of common areas, per the article "Issues to Consider Prior to Installing Security Cameras on the Common Areas - Part I" by Florida law firm Becker & Poliakoff.
However, as the article also covers, there are other legal considerations. Video cameras "should be pointed in the direction of the common areas and should avoid individual units or lots". And "both State and Federal laws prohibit audio cameras in certain circumstances."
State and Federal laws may not be the only "rules" that apply. For example, association governing documents may require association or board approval for any condo unit owner who wants to install a camera.
These rules may apply to cameras physically outside the unit or that point outside the unit. Doorbell type cameras like the Nest, Blink, and Ring brands, may also need to comply with association governing docs and state and federal laws.
Some Florida condo buyers wish they had understood how association governing documents, state laws, and federal laws regulated the use of cameras before making an offer to buy.
Prospective Florida condo buyers should, if they don't understand how cameras may be used at a condominium, engage licensed and reputable attorneys and advisors to guide their buying decision.