Security Locks Ordinance Goes Into Effect at Midnight

By: Zac Schultz
By: Zac Schultz

Madison: Madison landlords have had 180 days to install security locks on their front doors. That grace period ends Wednesday, and Madison building inspector George Hank says he thinks most landlords have complied.

"The majority of them have acted appropriately and have been contacting locksmiths and having their locks installed or at least making arrangements for it," says Hank.

That's not the case at the Sherman Terrace Condos. "I think the majority are not in favor of having the security locks on the doors," says resident Rich Meyer.

Sherman Terrace consists of 36 buildings of six condos, and installing 36 security doors is not cheap.

"It's a financial issue for us. It would cost us somewhere around $75,000 to put intercom systems and security locks on all our doors," says Meyer.

Linda Cykana opposes installing the locks. She says most people who live on the first floor like her use their back doors anyway.

"I don't even use my front door so a security lock situation, the point is moot."

Other residents understand the need for the ordinance elsewhere, but say it shouldn't apply to them.

"I've never felt concerned about that at all and I've been here seven years," says Brian Culligan.

The owners here at Sherman Terrace say they should be able to decide as an association if they need to put locks on their doors.

"If we could go to a referendum, if we have a majority of people who prefer security locks then maybe we go to a special assessment," says Meyer.

But Madison Alderman Mike Verveer tells NBC 15 that no such amendment is in the works, and if the condo association wants a waiver they need to contact the Madison Building Inspection Unit.

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