Q: Our Board is looking into having a telecommunications company put their towers on one of our condominium buildings. Do we need a community vote to do this? We just put all new roofs on our buildings due to the hurricane. Also, the safety of the towers is in question.
E.L., Fort Pierce
A: The installation of a cell tower on the condominium property is a material alteration of the common elements. The Condominium Act (Chapter 718, Florida Statutes) provides that material alterations must be approved in advance by a vote of at least 75% of the total voting interests unless the Declaration of Condominium provides for a different approval percentage. So, you need to check your Declaration and see if it provides a different approval threshold. Either way a vote of the owners is very likely required. As to the safety issue if the project is to move forward the installer should provide the engineering specifications which the Board should confirm that roof can safely accommodate the installation.
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